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Less than two weeks left to enter the UK Jewellery Awards 2017

There is now less than two weeks left to submit your entry for the 25th annual UK Jewellery Awards.

The awards close for entries at midnight on Friday January 20 and applicants are able to submit entries in 14 categories via a form on the UKJA website.

This year’s event, which has already seen a record number of entries received, takes place on June 29 and is held in conjunction with headline partner Clogau. It will be the premier industry awards’ silver anniversary.

Often dubbed ‘the jewellery industry Oscars’, the UKJA marks the biggest night in the UK jewellery trade’s calendar and is the only event of its kind for the industry, judged by the industry, with a panel of 32 independent judges selected for their expertise from across the jewellery and watch trade.

If you missed last year's event catch-up on all the action in this video.

The awards, which attract in excess of 700 guests each year, recognise excellence across all disciplines in the jewellery and watch business, including retail, design, brands, manufacture and supply.

Applications can be completed via any time up until midnight on January 20.

There are two new categories introduced for the 2017 event to recognise excellence in retail sales and marketing respectively.

A further four non-enterable categories, which include Jewellery Brand of the Year, Watch Brand of the Year, Fine Jewellery Brand of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to the Industry, will be shortlisted by editorial team nomination and the outcome determined by a consumer vote.

Retail Jeweller editor Ruth Faulkner said: “The UK Jewellery Awards really are the premier event of the entire UK jewellery industry and winning such an accolade is one of the highest honours any business can receive.

“The awards are independently judged by a selected panel of industry experts, who between them have vast experience of all aspects of the jewellery trade, and so anyone who wins one does so in the knowledge that they are the absolute best at what they do.

Ukja 2016 portrait new

Ukja 2016 portrait new

“Also in 2017, we mark 25 years of the event. This is a huge milestone for us and we look forward to celebrating with everyone at the ceremony in June.”

Those companies who make the awards shortlist, ahead of the event in June, will be revealed at a party being held in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter on Sunday, February 5, to coincide with trade show Jewellery & Watch. This will be a free-to-attend event and more details on how to obtain tickets can be found here.

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