Coutts London Jewellery Week showcases design

Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:02am EDT
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By David Brough

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Leading British jewelers and retailers braved a public transport strike to admire the latest platinum jewelry designs at a chic party hosted by Platinum Guild International on Wednesday night.

The soiree in trendy Covent Garden was one of the leading events at the June 8-14 Coutts London Jewelry Week, where the champagne flowed in heavily guarded rooms decorated in white, as VIP guests scrutinized cutting-edge platinum designs.

They included a flowing necklace and bangle from the "Riverdance" collection, evoking the life-force from a river, created by Indian luxury jeweler Ganjam, as well as a host of premier Italian brands.

"Coutts London Jewelry Week is again an outstanding showcase for the industry's talents," said guest Jayant Raniga from British-Asian retail jeweler PureJewels, located in the up-and-coming Green Street jewelry quarter of east London.

As Coutts London Jewelry Week kicked off on Monday, British jeweler Shaun Leane presented three chunky resin bangles as his 10th anniversary special edition pieces at the Wonder Room in the Selfridges department store in west London.

Across town, in a discreet terraced side street off the Edgeware Road, online retailer Astley Clarke displayed a new collection by fashion designer Osman Yousefzada.

Yousefzada, known for contemporary colors and futuristic cuts on the catwalk, presented four limited-edition pieces.

Throughout the week, 100 events were set to take place from north to south, east and west of London.   Continued...