After what seems like a very long but enjoyable and informative week, here is the last update and summary of our experience at Jewellery and Watch 2017.
With so many exhibitors offering such a diverse range of products and services this year, it has been very difficult to choose what to highlight, but choose I must if this is not going to end up being a very long article indeed.
There was no shortage of innovation from designers with so many eyecatching and unnusual ranges not least the offering by International exhibitor, Salvatore Perna who has created a beautiful anatomical French ear wire with a clip-on jewelled closure pictured below:
Another favourite of mine was his pendant with facetted stones set collet side up to give the impression of a very small spiked club-lateral thought and ingenuity at it's finest.
Wire wrapping is becoming very popular especially in the United States and Orsa Maggiore of Italy had on display a delightful collection of wrapped crystals, each being unique due to their raw nature. Pictured here is a beautiful ring from their Merak Collection:
It made a refreshing change to see an enormous and unnusual range of heavy men's jewellery including chains, rings and pendants on display at Vera Jewellers who have two London stores in both Walthamstow and Eastham. You can view some of their collections here.
Being Jewellery and Watch, you tend not to see too many objet d'arte producers exhibiting, which was why Nomi Designs really caught my eye with an absolutely adorable range of sterling silver origami animals such as this stag:
I want the entire collection!
Last but most definitely not least we simply must make mention of Paskell Tools who it was with great pleasure, we were invited by to attend as VIP guests.
Taking on the big boys in tool and sundry supplies and founded by the most affable gentleman and professional jeweller you could ever wish to meet, Lawson John Carr. We think this is definitely one to watch-this is a man on a mission to make jewellery tools and equipment as affordable as possible for those starting out in the trade.
He has left no stone unturned in finding the most competitive yet impressive range of fabrication and setting tools at a fraction of the cost elsewhere.
His range includes but is by no means limited to micro-motors, welders and magnification equipment which are usually such a massive and sometimes prohibitive outlay for anyone starting up as a professional jeweller.
Here's to the future of Paskell Tools they certainly deserve to become a success story and we can highly recommend them if service with a genuine smile and quality, cost-effective tools is what you are looking for.
It's been a fun and interesting week and we hope you have enjoyed reading our reports on Jewellery and Watch, I will definitely be visiting again next year. So on that note it's back to work and nose to the grindstone quite literally, cutting my beloved Queen of Gems.