Bright Young Gems is a program run by International Jewelry London (IJL) to find future stars among contemporary jewelry designers and give them an unparalleled platform and the sort of exposure designers in many countries would kill for. Each year, final year students at UK colleges and universities are trawled for finalists whose work can be placed before a panel which, this year, included:
- Hilary Alexander, OBE, Editor at Large with Hello Fashion Monthly magazine;
- Vivienne Becker from the Financial Times (How To Spend It) magazine;
- Claudia Mahoney, Executive Fashion and Beauty Director at Glamour magazine;
- Annabel Davidson, Jewelry Editor at Vanity Fair; and
- Shaun Leane, Fine Jewelry Designer
As well as industry exposure to die for, the winners received a £200 travel and accommodation bursary. They are:
Talisa Bergsen (Winner)
Talisa, who is from Turkey but studied at Central St Martins in London, uses wax carving and enamel, precious metals and stones to create surreal narratives from ancient Turkish cultural symbols.
Katy Tromans is from Stourbridge and graduated from the School of Jewelry at Birmingham City University. Her work is highly detailed and tells stories, and is functional and wearable but can also stand alone as a work of art.
Another Birmingham City University graduate, this time in Design for Industry, Stephanie has applied her 3D Design background to making mechanical jewelry with precious metals and gemstones.
Completing a hat trick for Birmingham City University is Rebecca Wilkes, a BA Design for Industry graduate at their School of jewelry. Rebecca is already working as an independent jewelry designer and has adopted ideas from 3D printing to create exclusive, high quality pieces from nylon.
Shiyun Chen is another Central St Martins graduate and bases her designs around human skin – how it looks in various conditions of health and emotion, and how those effects can be converted into jewelry.