Thuthuka Jewellery Awards 2013: ‘RECONFIGURE’
Thuthuka at the 2013 International Jewellery London ExhibitionThe International Jewellery London (IJL) Exhibition took place at Earls Court, London 1-4 September 2013. IJL showcases all aspects of the jewellery industry and host the UK’s most sophisticated jewellery show. As the UK's premier jewellery trade exhibition, IJL is the perfect place to discover the latest trends, source new and exciting products, network and attend the industry's leading seminar programme. Exhibitors and buyers come from all over the world.
Funding awarded to Carola Ross & Associates (CR&A) by the Department of Trade and Industries made it possible for Thuthuka to take some jewellery pieces to IJL. "Carola Ross & Associates represent young up and coming jewellers and creates platforms for exposure to a local and International audience. Some of the pieces taken to IJL were by students who have been participants in the Thuthuka Jewellery Development Programme and Thuthuka Awards", say Carola Ross, founder and director of the Thuthuka Jewellery Development Programme. Judy Peter, Head of the Department of Jewellery Design and Manufacture at the University of Johannesburg represented Carola Ross & Associates at the IJL.
The Carola Ross & Associates' stand was part of the South African stand at the IJL. Eight other South African Jewellery design businesses were also represented. "The 4 days in London were a success and the jewellery was very well received by visitors to the stand," said Ross.
According to recorded comments during the 4 days, visitors found the students' work "to be of a high standard and of excellent design!"
The 2014 International Jewellery London will be held in Olympia, 31 August - 02 September.