The UK Jewellery Awards, often dubbed the jewellery industry Oscars, marked its 25th anniversary edition on June 29 with a sparkling ceremony at London’s Hilton on Park Lane.
The annual event, which recognises excellence across the jewellery and watch industry awarding 19 categories covering everything from retail and design through to supply and manufacturing, welcomed over 600 guests for its silver anniversary ceremony representing all areas of the trade.
Walking away with two gongs, Dorset-based retailer Allum & Sidaway picked up the award for Best Store Environment for its new Sailsbury store as well as the coveted Retailer of the Year (five stores or fewer) accolade.
Also scooping two awards, WB – The Creative Jewellery Group was recognised for its ethical credentials in the Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year category as well as picking up the Supplier of the Year award for its fine jewellery business, Domino.
Elsewhere, global jewellery giant Swarovski picked up the Jewellery Brand of the Year award, which was this year decided by a consumer poll. Also decided by consumer vote, the Watch Brand of the Year and Fine Jewellery Brand of the Year awards went to Seiko and Georg Jensen respectively.
Also big winners last night, multiple retailer Beaverbrooks took home the Employer of the Year award in addition to the businesses’ chairman Mark Adlestone receiving the evening’s highest honour in the form of the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry award.
Adlestone was given the important accolade in recognition of all he has done for his business, the jewellery industry and the wider community through his charitable efforts.
Two new awards this year – Marketing Campaign of the Year and Retail Sales Star – were both well entered and went to Drakes Jewellers for its #JustBecause campaign and Gemma Clive from Pressleys respectively.
Retail Jeweller editor Ruth Faulkner said: “The 25th anniversary edition of the industry’s leading awards was nothing short of phenomenal.
“We had a record number of guests and sponsors at the event and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has attended to support the achievements of friends, colleagues and, more importantly, the industry.
“Congratulations to all of our very worthy winners!”