NAJ Members star at UK Jewellery Awards

02 Sep 2021

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NAJ Members were recognised in no less than ten categories at the 2021 UK Jewellery Awards last night, an event that attracted more than 500 attendees to London's luxurious venue, The Brewery.

Beaverbrooks scooped Retailer (six stores or more) of the Year (pictured) and Employer of the Year, while Sonny's Jewellers and Domino take back Retail Sales Team of the Year and Jewellery/ Watch Supplier of the Year to Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, respectively. Daniella Draper was shortlisted in a number of categories and won Mono-Brand Retailer of the Year and Amanda Coleman Jewellery collected Eponymous Designer Jewellery Brand of the Year. Other NAJ Members winning awards included Taylor & Hart for Marketing/Social Media Campaign or Collaboration of the Year, The Company of Master Jewellers for Service Supplier of the Year and Watches of Switzerland for Watch Retailer of the Year. Harriet Kelsall Jewellery was also Highly Commended for Bespoke Jewellery Retailer of the Year.

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Closing the Awards held in association with the Betts Group, Jewellery designer Sean Leane was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award. Introducing Sean, Ruth Faulkner Editor of Retail Jeweller said,

"No conversation about leading UK jewellery designers is complete without the mention of the winner of this year’s prestigious Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award.

“He is described by those who know him as someone who is always willing to share his knowledge and experience with aspiring jewellers.

“He is a true advocate for apprenticeships in the sector and is probably this country’s best advert for just how successful you can be as a jewellery designer if you manage, as he has done, to combine forward-thinking design and exemplary craftsmanship with commerciality.”

Upon collecting his award, Sean Leane said,

“I feel blessed that I was born with creativity, but it is the people I met along the way that nurtured me, with courage and conviction, that allowed me to flourish and evolve to be the designer and craftsman that I am today.

“For all of those who have joined me along this beautiful journey, I’m truly grateful you gave me the encouragement to create, provoke and inspire.

“This is for all of us. And not forgetting you my dearest McQueen. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart, this means so much to me.”

Who won what?

Store Design of the Year

Winner - Jack Murphy Jewellers, Newry

Young Jewellery Designer of the Year sponsored by Gentle Diamonds

Winner - Ellis Mhairi Cameron

Bespoke Jewellery Retailer of the Year sponsored by Nivoda

Winner – Andrew McCulloch Jewellers

Highly Commended – Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery*

Emerging Jewellery/Watch Brand of the Year sponsored by WOLF

Winner – Dainty London

Highly Commended – Bijoux De Mimi

Mono-Brand Retailer of the Year

Winner – Daniella Draper*

Eponymous Designer Jewellery Brand of the Year

Winner – Amanda Coleman Jewellery*

Highly Commended – Alyssa Smith Jewellery

Marketing/Social Media Campaign or Collaboration of the Year

Winner – Taylor & Hart, Love is Happening Right Now*

Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year sponsored by Single Mine Origin

Winner – Monica Vinader

Retail Sales Team of the Year sponsored by the Company of Master Jewellers

Winner – Sonny’s Jewellers*

Creative Jewellery Designer of the Year

Winner – Julien Riad Sahyoun for JRS London

Bridal Jewellery Retailer of the Year sponsored by Hockley Mint

Winner – Vashi

Highly Commended – Katherine James Jewellery

Employer of the Year

Winner – Beaverbrooks the Jewellers*

Omnichannel Retailer of the Year sponsored by Pursuit Software

Winner – Astrid & Miyu

Service Supplier of the Year

Winner – The Company of Master Jewellers*

Watch Retailer of the Year sponsored by Garmin

Winner – Watches of Switzerland*

Highly Commended – WATCHO – The Watch & Clock Shop

Jewellery/Watch Supplier of the Year

Winner – Domino Jewellery*

Retailer of the Year (five stores or fewer) sponsored by TH March

Winner – The Alkemistry

Watch Brand of the Year

Winner – Seiko

Jewellery Brand of the Year

Winner – Pandora

Retailer of the Year (six stores or more)

Winner - Beaverbrooks*

Outstanding Contribution to the Industry

Shaun Leane

 

*NAJ Members

Image; David Doyle, NAJ President presents Beaverbrooks with Retailer (six stores or more) of the Year at the 2021 UK Jewellery Awards

 

Source: The NAJ