Monday, July 20, 2009

UK Jewellery Awards 2009

The winners of the UK Jewellery Awards 2009 have been announced at a gala presentation ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. The focus of the 2009 awards was Italian design and included the introduction of an Italian Jewellery Designer of the Year Award. Media partner in the Awards, QVC, had some of its top jewellery products showcased in the catwalk show at the presentation ceremony, as well as providing the goody bags containing business gifts and samples for the guests. QVC also aired scenes from the catwalk in a special TV show and run an hour-long special feature Italian gold jewellery. The awards trophies consisted of a spectacular mirrored plaque decorated with the awards logo and details of each award. The full lists of awards, winners and sponsors follows: Italian Jewellery Designer of the Year, sponsored by the Italian Jewellery Awards and Campania Region, won by Alessio Boschi at Autore; Best Men's Watch Collection winner was IWC Pilots watch; Best Women's Watch Collection winner was Chanel J12; Best Catwalk Jewels of the Year award, sponsored by Swarovski, was won by Kirt Holmes; Independent Retailer of the Year award, sponsored by Casio, won by Nicholas James, London; Jewellery Brand of the Year award, sponsored by The Jewellery Show at Spring Fair, won by Monica Vinader; Platinum Bridal Collection of the Year award, sponsored by Platinum Guild International, won by Simon Pure; Retail Employer of the Year, sponsored by Pursuit, won by Beaverbrooks; Retail Star of the Year award winner was Debbie Swan of Beaverbrooks, East Kilbride; Jewllery Designer of the Year award winner was Shaun Leane; Jewellery Website of the Year award winner was Missoma.com; Multiple Retailer of the Year award, sponsored by Clogau Gold, won by Beaverbrooks; Supplier of the Year award, sponsored by TH March, won by Sequel; Young Designer of the Year award, sponsored by CMJ Buying Group, won by Bobby White.