The IJL 2017 Bright Young Gems (BYG) have been named as Kristina Ferenchuk, Ishtar Liljefors, Holly O’Hanlon, Annabel Large and Leanne Yau.
The BYG’s were selected from final year students and students who graduated from UK colleges and universities in the past two years by a prestigious judging panel comprising of notable magazine editors and jewellery designers.
This year The Benevolent Society has given each winner a £200 travel and accommodation grant.
Caroline Broadhead, course leader of BA Jewellery Design at Central St Martins, said: “Initiatives like IJL Bright Young Gems to help young designers get started are really important. They create a welcome bridge between the college structure and professional life.”
Sam Willoughby, event director, added: “These five talented young designers follow in the footsteps of the previous 60 Bright Young Gems – a hall of fame that includes jewellers Pippa Small, Daisy Knights, Imogen Belfield and Fernando Jorge.
“Many thanks go to their universities and colleges for their support, to our judges who have invested a great deal of time in making their selections and also to The Benevolent Society for their grant support.”