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International Jewellery London 2011

September 17, 2011

We had a simply fantastic show at International Jewellery London this year! We decided when we booked the stand this year that we wanted a change from our previous looks – we’d done frames two years ago, last year we did vintage white and birds so this year the colour of the stand was going to be important, so went for a bright pink pink, complemented by the most wonderful Designers Guild pink and gold wallpaper and added in vintage display cabinets painted black.

It looked great and the feedback we had from everyone coming to the stand, exhibitors and buyers alike was brilliant. I particuarly loved the wallpaper, and as we’re looking into opening a boutique in the not too distant future, it may well form a template for our interior decoration scheme. We were showing our new Autumn-Winter 2011-12 ranges, both our Objet Trouvé mainline range and our Trouseau bridal range (there’ll be more about those in the next post) and the whole look set the scene for the jewellery without detracting from it and generally went down a storm!

I really like draping the jewellery over vintage pieces that I have kicking around – and as I grew up in a house filled with collectors and collectibles I have a rather wide variery to choose from! So I chose my Mothers Chinese jewellery box that I always coveted (but was never allowed to touch!) as a child, my Grandmothers button box and beautiful Limoges dressing set in addition to other lovely bits and pieces,  and of course the vintage feather birds that seem to unwittingly be becoming a bit of a trademark!

Being a pretty sociable type, I’m always ready for a chat and in addition to happily chatting to buyers attending the show, its always lovely to catch up with old friends in the industry. Its such a small world, and it was lovely to bump into the ever charming Katherine Bree, who makes delicious semi precious stone jewellery, and I couldn’t help cooing over the beautiful new Owl and Crow pieces by Chris Hawkins .  One of the bonuses of showing at IJL is that you also get to meet loads of other exhibitors and I was delighted to meet the lovely Malcom Morris, who in addition to showing his stunning Apple Blossom and Magma ranges was also launching his beautiful new Seaweed collection at the show and the charming Alexis Dove who makes the most beautiful jewellery inspired by nature. So thats it for another year!  We’re looking into doing a couple more trade shows next year, but will mention more nearer the time. All in all it was fantastic this year and we all throughly enjoyed it!

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