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The VIP treatment at Goldsmiths Hall

London Jewellery Week got off to a flying start last night, as the Goldsmiths Hall hosted a cocktail reception for designers, press, brands and other VIPs.

Speaking at the event, Hector Miller, silversmith and warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company and chairman of the Company’s promotions department said that the industry needed to pull together more than ever now, in the light of the cuts about to be made by the government.

Shaun Leane and friends

Shaun Leane and friends

Taking over from him, Della Tinsley, director of Treasure and one of the directors of London Jewellery Week, thanked the sponsors and her team who had worked hard to make this event happen on a reduced budget after Coutts withdrew its sponsorship. “The cause of supporting jewellers has never been more important,” she said.

Their words certainly rang true for many of the jewellers that were in attendance. And they know that this industry is nothing if not resilient, and as well as dignitaries, the hall was also filled with some impressive displays of jewellery, which proved that we still have tremendous talent in this industry. My personal favourites were the Leblas cuff and Matthew Williamson’s work for Swarovski.

There are a whole host of events taking place this week – around 100 jewellers are participating in the week, with over 50 launches, exhibitions, private views, seminars and receptions. You’d have to be bionic to get around them all, but don’t worry, we’re going to attend as many as we can and report back. But if you’re in London, try hard to see some of them yourself. This is a great chance to see talent gathered together, and get out and seek a new designer for your store or learn something about the trade, trends or gemmology. If you’ve been unable to get your fix of international shows while the recession is on, then take advantage of all this (often free insight, advice and new designs) on your doorstep. So get out and experience a bit of it.

Bye for now,


Julie Driscoll, Robert and me

Julie Driscoll, David Brough and me

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