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Bright Young Gems extends entry deadline by one week

The scheme, which acted as a part of International Jewellery London (IJL) prior to the pandemic, has moved the entry deadline from 6 June to 13 June

The Bright Young Gems (BYG) mentoring initiative has extended its closing date for entries by one week due to a number of requests from colleges.

The scheme, which acted as a part of International Jewellery London (IJL) prior to the pandemic, has moved the entry deadline from 6 June to 13 June.

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Now under the custodianship of Hammond PR and working closely with the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ), the scheme offers mentoring opportunities for graduating students and recently graduated jewellery designers.

Due to the global pandemic disrupting 2020’s competition, BYG 2021 is open to current year graduates, as well as those who graduated in 2020.

For the first time, this year will feature two categories, including the traditional “show off” statement pieces as well as the newly added “responsible thinking” sustainability category.

The five winning BYGs will be provided with the opportunity to display their collections at the NAJ’s one-day jewellery festival, taking place on 1 September.

Judging on the entries are Hilary Alexander OBE, president of the graduate foundation, Imogen Belfield, a former BYG, Melanie Grant, luxury editor at 1843, Katerina Perez, the social media influencer, and Susi Smither, founder of The Rock Hound and Fair Luxury.

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