Model, part of the evening's catwalk entertainment, wearing Missoma. Image courtesy of ukjewelleryawards.co.uk
I have to say that although the Awards are tailored to the mainstream jewellery market, this year's winners are thoroughly deserving of their awards, especially Monica Vinader and Missoma, who have really gone from strength-to-strength during 2008-9.
Best Catwalk Jewels of the Year - Kirt Holmes
Kirt Holmes, holding her Award, with the host Nick Ede (left), and Nadja Swarovski (in skirt suit). Image courtesy of ukjewelleryawards.co.uk
Independent Retailer of the Year - Nicholas James, Hatton Garden
Jewellery Brand of the Year - Monica Vinader
Retail Employer of the Year - Beaverbrooks (various UK locations)
Young Designer of the Year - Bobby White
Jewellery Website of the Year - Missoma.com
and finally, the big one..!
Jewellery Designer of the Year - Shaun Leane (his hatrick!)
Shaun Leane (centre), with Nick Ede and Frances Murch of Retail Jeweller magazine (in purple). Image courtesy of ukjewelleryawards.co.uk
Congratulations to the other finalists, including Kabiri, Alex Monroe and Astley Clarke. The level of both design and branding of the entrants this year was so high, it was quite a tough one to call, with (for some I'm sure), some surprising winners. Nevertheless, the awards demonstrate how much talent there is in UK jewellery design and retail right now. Who knows, maybe next year they'll have to throw in a few more categories, for good measure!