London Jewellery Week launches, defies austere mood

Tue Jun 8, 2010 6:51am EDT
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By David Brough

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - London Jewelry Week kicked off with a glitzy launch party on Monday night in defiance of the austere mood sweeping Britain, showcasing the best of young British design talent.

At a dazzling cocktail and canapes soiree in Goldsmiths' Hall, some of Britain's top jewelry designers showed off their latest creations in gold, silver and diamonds.

They said they hoped London Jewelry Week, now in its third edition and running from June 7-13, would become as mainstream a feature on the British social calendar as London Fashion Week.

As paparazzi gathered outside, top jewel designers Shaun Leane and David Marshall mingled with high society glitterati, such as supermodel and TV presenter Lisa Butcher, showing off their work in display cases lining the historic hall.

London Jewelry Week is a series of events taking place across the capital, featuring designers' latest collections, as well as educational seminars. The Hatton Garden diamond jewelry quarter is throwing its own street festival.

"We need a real showcase for our design skills and craftsmanship," Marshall told Reuters.

"This event should end up, we hope, like a London Fashion Week for the jewelry industry."

David Marshall, who built a reputation as one of Britain's premier jewelry manufacturers and designers, will use London Jewelry Week to help him develop his own brand.   Continued...