This August, we will exhibit the original work of our next-generation talent in London and Birmingham. Featuring contributions from students on our popular jewellery manufacturing diploma courses, our BAJ Final Show 2021 events are a unique opportunity for jewellery industry professionals and the public to discover a range of fascinating jewellery pieces made by our skilled and highly creative community.
The exhibitions showcase pieces produced over the last year as part of our diploma curriculum, which seeks to hone and perfect technical jewellery making skills. Also on show is a selection of work submitted to this year’s BAJ x Alex Monroe Live Project, which challenged diploma students to make imaginative transforming jewellery pieces. Carried out in collaboration with renowned London-based jewellery brand Alex Monroe, this project provided our students with invaluable experience working with a real industry brief using repurposed sapphires.
This year’s exhibitions are hosted at cultural hotspot KOPPEL 540 in London and at our campus within the Assay Office in Birmingham. Both shows will kick off with spectacular award ceremonies attended by our staff and students, as well as key jewellery industry figures to present the awards.
In London, the ceremony will be opened by British Vogue editor and international jewellery authority Carol Woolton and BAJ Head of Academy Kate Rieppel. 11 awards will be given out, including: The Alighieri Mandala Award, The Martin J Prinsloo Award for Precision in Technical Excellence, The 77 Diamonds Award for Excellence in Finishing, The AE Wards Prize for stone setting, The Gemvision Excellence in CAD Award, The Rising Star Award, The Fuli Gemstones Award for Creativity & Colour, The Alkemistry Award for Timeless Luxury, The Maitland Woodall-Mason Award for Most Improved Student, The Kim Joux Award for Power of Originality and The Jewellery Cut Award for Professional Jewellery Product.
In Birmingham, proceedings will be opened with a speech by award-winning Birmingham jeweller Fei Liu and BAJ Head of Academy Kate Rieppel. Awards that will be presented include the Fattorini Innovative Design Award, the Signet Technical Excellence Award and the James Newman Rising Star Award.
We are delighted with the support shown by the wider jewellery industry in sponsoring this year’s awards and helping to nurture the development of our students.
The public are invited to visit our Final Show 2021 exhibitions in London, at KOPPEL 540, 54-56 Oxford Street, from 4th to 7th August, 9am-6pm, and in Birmingham, at the Birmingham Assay Office, 1 Moreton Street, weekdays from 6th to 13th August, 9:30am-5pm. Visits to the Birmingham exhibition are by appointment only. For further information and bookings, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.