UKJA 2017

UKJA 2017

Written by Laurie McGrath on 5 July 2017

On Thursday 29th June several members of the Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery team travelled to The Hilton Park Lane, London to celebrate one of the most glamorous evenings in the UK jewellery industry- The UK Jewellery Awards 2017.

At last year’s awards we were honoured to be named Bridal Jewellery Retailer of the Year and this year we were delighted to be nominated in two categories-Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year and Employer of the Year.

The evening got off to a very glamorous start and we were greeted with a champagne reception, during which time we had the opportunity to network and mingle with other jewellery industry guests. We then sat down for a delicious three course meal.

This year was the 25th anniversary edition of the UK Jewellery Awards which are organised by Retail Jeweller Magazine and the editor, Ruth Faulkner gave a speech to introduce the extra special ceremony. Ruth recently visited our Hertfordshire Jewellery Centre to see if we could redesign her grandmother’s diamond brooch into some jewellery for herself and her mum.  We used the beautiful stones to create two pendants and a pair of earrings for them- it was lovely to work with Ruth and her mum Diane and support Ruth at this prestigious event.  

Our host for the evening was the lovely Gethin Jones who returned for the second year running. The acceptance speeches were both moving and humorous and a wonderful atmosphere was created as the room applauded all of the 19 winners wholeheartedly. It was a real celebration of all their achievements. 

We finished the evening with dancing and a chance to play in the casino for charity before heading home in the early hours.