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Houlden Group to launch Designs of Excellence at The Jewellery Show

The Houlden Group will be returning to The Jewellery Show in 2012 to launch its Designs of Excellence initiative.

The jewellery and watch buying organisation will sponsor the show’s Design Quarter Gems section, and has invited talented designers to exhibit their latest collections.

An expert panel of judges featuring representatives from the Group will then choose the designer with the most original, innovative and eye-catching collection to win the Designer of Excellence award.

Hoping to repeat the success of last year’s initiative, the judging panel will also select outstanding pieces of jewellery from the winner and the other designers’ collections to form a travelling exhibition, Designs of Excellence, which will tour Houlden members’ stores throughout the UK and Ireland.

The Houlden Group chief executive Stuart Laing said: “We are all extremely excited to meet the new designers and see the pieces. It’s important that we support but also reward brilliant individual designers producing cutting-edge jewellery to the highest standards.”

The winner of the Designer of Excellence Award will be announced at 4.30pm on February 6 at The Jewellery Show’s Jewellery Catwalk.

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