London Jewellery Week launches, defies austere mood

London Jewellery Week kicked off with a glitzy launch party on Monday night in defiance of the austere mood sweeping Britain, showcasing the best of young British design talent. At a dazzling cocktail and canapes soiree in Goldsmiths’ Hall, some of Britain’s top jewellery designers showed off their latest creations in gold, silver and diamonds.


They said they hoped London Jewellery Week, now in its third edition and running from June 7-13, would become as mainstream a feature on the British social calendar as London Fashion Week.


London Jewellery Week is a series of events taking place across the capital, featuring designers’ latest collections, as well as educational seminars. The Hatton Garden diamond jewellery quarter is throwing its own street festival.




Shaun Leane, UK jewellery designer of the year 2009, told Reuters he saw London Jewellery Week as key to promoting ties between the worlds of fashion and jewellery, and to highlight London’s hotbed of creative talent in jewellery design."London has always been about avant garde in fashion. This applies to jewellery as well," Leane said.


Jewellers said they were battling the twin challenges of soaring precious metals prices and the tough economic times ahead as the new coalition government in Britain reins in public spending to control the ballooning national debt.


Established luxury jewellers like Shaun Leane and Stephen Webster, as well as up-and-coming designers, have shifted into silver, as gold prices have soared to record heights.