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The UKJA 2011 through a newcomer's eyes

The first thing that I have to say about the UK Jewellery Awards, as a first timer, is: wow. I knew the event was big, but when my fellow interns and I walked onto the balcony and looked down on to the dozens of tables dressed with glitter and candles, swathed in fabulous light, it literally took my breath away (cheesy, I know, but it’s true!)

The RJ team and our 3 wonderful interns (from l-r: Kristi, news and features writer James, Lexie, online editor Kate Donovan, Allison and designer Jon.

The RJ team and our 3 wonderful interns (from l-r: Kristi, news and features writer James, Lexie, online editor Kate Donovan, Allison and designer Jon.

I had no idea how glam it really was going to be, and that’s just talking about the table area - I can’t forget the stunning jewellery that was on display during the drinks reception.

The event had everything you could want, including a fabulous three course meal, dancing (the highlight of which was seeing a jewellery professional shuffle to Party Rock Anthem), a photo booth complete with a wind machine (we may or may not have gone in there three times…), a celebrity host, and tons of friendly people. Being a poor college student and eating pasta basically every night, I can safely say it was one of the best (if not the best) meals I’ve had here! It was also one of the most fun nights I have had here in London, and again being a college student that eats pasta every night to budget for going out on the weekend, I can honestly say I had more fun at the UKJA than I have had most weekends here.

I’ve really enjoyed talking to and getting to know a lot of the people in this industry and it was great to see some of them on the stage last night.

With all of the emails and phone calls we send and make every day, it was nice to put faces to these great names that continually help us out!

So, basically my fellow interns and I have decided that we are probably the luckiest interns out there to be invited to such a fantastic event and to work at such a great magazine, with great people. Oh, and I’ve also decided that after seeing this amazing set-up at the event, I’m pretty sure I’ve found my wedding venue.

Again, thank you to our wonderful editors for inviting us, and congratulations to all the very deserving winners. Thanks for so warmly welcoming us to this industry – it is truly an experience we will never forget.

To see photos from the UKJA 2011, click here.

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