The 80th British Jewellery Giftware & Finishing Federation Benevolent Society Ball, incorporating the NAJ Awards, took place in Solihull on December 3.
This year’s event incorporated very first National Association of Jewellers Member Awards, designed to “flag up all that is most excellent about the UK’s extremely diverse jewellery industry”.
The NAJ Awards focused on “bright new talent, design skills and creativity and the industry’s capacity to serve its customers whether they are other businesses, online jewellery buyers or the consumer in the high street”.
The Association said it received a “tremendous response” to this competition, and entries came from a “broad cross-section of member companies drawn from across the jewellery supply chain and have resulted in the selection of some very worthy winners”.
All winners received specially designed Rebecca Joselyn sterling silver trophies engraved by Sheffield Assay Office and sponsored by Argex at the sparkling event.
The Benevolent Society Ball attracts guests from the jewellery, giftware, surface engineering and luggage and leather goods associations which are member organisations of the British Allied Trades Federation.
David Simons, the Benevolent Society’s chairman, said he was “delighted” that over 380 guests attended the black tie event with many companies using it as their Christmas celebration with staff and their colleagues.
A charity auction was conducted by David Doyle of Jewellery Brokers, the Society’s vice chairman, and early indications are that about £32,000 was raised on the evening for the charity.
The Benevolent Association Charity was also delighted to receive a substantial donation from the Surface Engineering Association with the association itself being represented by a table from Ashton & Moore and its Chairman, Stephen Parkes of LB Parkes & Co.
The date for next year’s Benevolent Society Ball is Thursday 1st December, early bird tickets at a special rate can be obtained by contacting either Lynn Snead or Gill Price at the Federation 0121 745 4613.