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The Definition of Slow Travel

The Definition of Slow Travel

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What is slow travel? I’ve been trying to come up with a good definition of the term, and I keep coming up against a wall. I’ve read other people’s definitions, and seen it described as a social movement, a trend, a mode of transportation, and even a state of mind. Most of it was either frustratingly vague or frustratingly restrictive. I think there’s a good reason for this. People want the term to have meaning, but they also want to make it inclusive enough that anyone can do it.

Recurring Themes in Slow Travel Descriptions

Overall, the definitions of slow travel revolved around a number of themes, each of which seem logical enough at first glance, but lost value as I tried to apply them to our experience. It got so bad that I started to wonder if maybe we weren’t slow traveling at all, despite the fact that we were living in foreign cities for a month at a time, and having a pretty rewarding experience. I’m going to start with a discussion of those themes, and why – upon giving them way too much thought – I found them to be problematic, or at least incomplete.

Slow Travel is “Slow”

The word slow in slow travel gets interpreted in a couple of ways. The most obvious way is to interpret it literally and say that slow travel is about moving slowly. This could be accomplished either by choosing a form of transportation that allows you to experience the world more fully as you get from point A to point B – on a train for example – or by staying at one destination for an extended period of time in order to achieve a greater connection to that place. I think this interpretation is a critical component of slow travel, but doesn’t fully encompass the spirit of it.

The other interpretation is to see “slow” as S.L.O.W. (Sustainable, Local, Organic, Whole) from the slow food and slow living movements from which many claim slow travel evolved. I dunno. I think that the slow lifestyle is admirable. And when you are traveling, you can practice it as much as possible. Dannie and I love farmers’ markets, and when we find an organic or unprocessed product, we prefer it to the alternative. Sustainability, too, is something worth pursuing. We only have one world, and if it isn’t too late (it isn’t) it’s a world worth protecting.

But the S.L.O.W. movement almost feels at odds with travel. There’s no way to get across the world without leaving a big footprint. Even if you take great pains to be friendly to the planet as you move across its surface, the resources you put into traveling could help more by investing environmental lobbying or making your home more efficient. You can eat healthy food that is local to the region when you travel (depending on where you travel to), but you don’t have to travel to do that. We’re in favor of the slow movement, and to the extent that it’s possible to live and eat slowly while traveling, I encourage anyone to do it as much as possible. But to me it feels tagged on. It’s something you do despite the fact that you are traveling, not as a purpose for traveling.

Slow Travel is “Authentic”

Who doesn’t want authenticity? No one would ever come home from their vacation and brag about how inauthentic it was. But what is authentic? Lots of people have opinions about what isn’t. Tourists aren’t authentic. Chain restaurants – especially McDonalds, apparently – and bus tours aren’t authentic. The locals don’t eat in the tourist traps. The locals don’t take tours, or ride in the gondolas, or have their caricature drawn, or take their picture in front of the Eiffel Tower, and so on.

But here’s the thing. You aren’t a local. If you are traveling – especially to another country – you are an outsider, and no amount of self judgement can change that. The locals are going to work and getting their kids ready for school. They are eating dinner in the house that has been in their family for generations, or in an apartment that they can finally afford because they got a better job, or maybe in a restaurant. They buy their bread fresh from the bakery, unless it’s inconvenient to do so, in which case they buy it from the grocery store. They watch TV sometimes – that’s why there are so many stations in the local language! When you aren’t traveling, you are a local. Think about the kinds of things you do and imagine that you are doing it in a different place. Ask yourself what someone would do if they wanted to have an authentic experience in your home town.

So does being authentic mean you can’t visit the colosseum or take a tour? If so, we’ve been traveling inauthentically for almost a year now. There are plenty of things that are marketed as authentic. You can buy authentic food and authentic clothing and bring it home as an authentic souvenir. Go for it! Is it made in China? Sure, lots of stuff is. Does that make it inauthentic? What if you are traveling in China?

Is traditional stuff authentic? What if the locals aren’t very traditional? Maybe then traditional stuff is just historic. What happens if a Roman walks by the colosseum? What if he takes a picture of it? What if he works there? Wait, what if he works at McDonalds? Is he a fake Roman or a fake employee?

Okay, you get my point. When applied to an experience, the word “authentic” is meaningless. Visit the landmarks. They are landmarks because they are amazing. Take pictures because it’s fun, because you want to remember the moment, and because you want to show it to people. Avoid fast food, not because it’s inauthentic, but because you never liked it much anyway. All of these things can be a part of slow travel, so stop judging yourself. Crowds of tourists are annoying not because they are tourists, but because they are crowds, so stop judging other people too. Judging yourself and others is not part of slow travel.

Slow Travel is “Open-Minded”

One of the main reasons for traveling is to seek out an experience you couldn’t have at home. So, doesn’t it make sense that a definition of slow travel would include being open to the unexpected? Changing our plans and embracing what we find has been an important part of our journey. Variety is the spice of life, and if you aren’t open to enjoying other places, people or cultures, then slow travel definitely isn’t for you. Once you get to a place, if you can’t let go of your preconceptions and embrace it for what it actually is, you didn’t really need to go there in the first place.

But like slow living, we feel that this is one of those mindsets that is good to have whether you are traveling or not. It’s a component of slow travel – an important one, too – but it isn’t the entirety of it.

Our Definition of Slow Travel

So our definition of slow travel includes all those things. We would say that yes, slow travel is slow. If you feel rushed or stressed out for more than a few minutes out of your day, then you are probably not slow traveling. And as you travel, you should do your best to practice slow living, especially if that is part of a lifestyle you already enjoy. And slow travel is open-minded. If you are staying in your comfort zone, just hanging out in the resort or watching tv, then you are relaxing… but you are not in the here and now. So yes to all of those things, but…

We would phrase it a little differently.

Slow Travel is Personal

“Wherever you go, there you are.” Sure it’s a truism, but it’s apt. I remember the first time that Dannie, Lisa and I traveled together outside the country. I remember walking down the banks of the Seine River in Paris with the Eiffel Tower glistening in the darkness as Lisa slept in the stroller. The scene was even more beautiful than we’d expected, but we both noticed something that caught us off guard. We didn’t feel very different. The air smelled like air. The cars sounded like cars. The ground beneath our feet was just pavement. “I sort of thought it would feel like floating,” Dannie said.

It wasn’t just disillusionment, it was a revelation. we’ve been guilty of calling places “magical” before when describing them, and we’ll probably do it again. But, of course, there’s no such thing as magic. The citizens of Paris aren’t swooning from one street corner to the next, overcome by the romance and beauty of the city of light. It’s just a place where people live. There are buildings. There are roads. There are buses. There are probably a few magicians who live and work there, but Paris is not literally magical.

That being said, a trip to Paris or anywhere else can be magical. But you have to bring your own fairy dust. No matter where you go, if you aren’t into architecture or history, the bus tour probably won’t float your boat. If you aren’t a foodie, it might not matter whether you dive into the local cuisine (though you might not have a choice). You have to seek out the aspects of your surroundings that appeal to the person you are stepping off the plane, not whatever stereotype of a traveler (fast or slow) you’ve seen stepping out of a magazine.

This doesn’t mean you can’t try new things or even push your boundaries – you can and should do so. But if you are slow traveling for weeks or even months, you will get nothing out of pretending to love something you hate. Test your expectations and be ready to change your plans when your expectations are wrong (about a place or about yourself), but explore your own mind before you explore a new city.

Slow Travel is Life

We don’t mean that in the way you probably think. We mean that slow travel is life, as opposed to an escape from life. This doesn’t mean you bring your desk job with you, but it does mean that everyday pains and pleasures don’t vanish simply because you aren’t in the apartment you’re used to.

Sometimes Dannie will talk to me about Buddhism. Just the other night she talking about the Diamond Sutra, in which the the Buddha has a conversation about the illusionary nature of what we perceive. But her favorite part, she says is near the beginning. There is one paragraph before the dialogue, in which the Buddha gets dressed, grabs his bowl, goes out and begs for food, comes home, eats his food, puts his bowl away, washes his feet, and finally sits down. Dannie likes that part because it shows that even if you’ve achieved enlightenment, you still have to live out all the moments of your life, just like everybody else.

Travel is amazing, but it’s a far cry from the bliss of total enlightenment (I assume). And doing what it takes to live your life is what separates slow travel from a vacation. When you are on vacation, you are taking a break from your life, and then you return to it. When you are on vacation, you visit a place. When you slow travel, you don’t just visit, you live there for a while. Even though you might be traveling for a longer period of time, there is actually less disruption to your life.

I think this where words like “authenticity” get mixed in – and get mixed up. If your goal is to live like a local, it means living as though you aren’t jetting off in a day or two. Likewise, if you are staying abroad for a while, it helps to live like a local. That means cooking your own meals and keeping your fridge stocked, instead of looking for a restaurant to have dinner at. It means getting to know not just the landmarks in your area, but the pharmacies, the bakeries, the parks and the bus routes. If you stay long enough, you’ll even have to familiarize yourself with the postal system and (gasp!) the neighbors. In other words, you’ll have to live your life in the place that you’re living.

If you are traveling slowly enough, you might even decide to go on a vacation for a day or two while you are there. Everybody needs one once in a while.

Slow Travel is Meaningful

When I graduated from college in 2005, I sold everything I couldn’t fit in my car (a 1996 Dodge Stratus), and I moved to Tucson Arizona. I didn’t have a home picked out. I didn’t have a job lined up. Why did I choose Tucson? Because in my entire life, I had never spent more than three weeks in a row outside a ten mile radius of the small town of Durham, New Hampshire. Tucson was about as far as I could get – geographically, geologically, and culturally – from the place where I grew up. I was hoping that a change in location would be a catalyst for change in my life. I was out to have an adventure. All the ingredients were there except meaning.

While I was there I did a little writing, but not much. I listened to a lot of my favorite music, and I played some video games – but that didn’t mean I never got out. My favorite pastime in college was playing ultimate frisbee, so I joined a local team, trained with them and went to tournaments. I formed friendships with some of my teammates. I looked half heartedly for a job while I was there, but the lack of direction I’d felt in New Hampshire had followed me across the country. After a few months, my money ran out and I broke my lease, moved back in with some of my buddies in New Hampshire (who had bought some of my old stuff anyway), and returned to the part time job I had left.

It’s possible that I could have changed my life while I was in Tucson, but it was unreasonable to expect Tucson to do all the work. I didn’t go there with a mission, and as a result, no mission was accomplished.

I wouldn’t say that my trip to Tucson was slow travel, even though I was there for a long time and I certainly didn’t act like a normal tourist. My time there was definitely slow, but athough I was thousands of miles away from home I am reluctant to call it travel. I didn’t do anything that I couldn’t have done at home. I had a list of reasons why it was a reasonable place for me, but because I never embraced anything that was unique to the city, I actually had no reason to be there. I could have saved a lot of money and stayed home.

I guess that story was a long way of saying that I think slow travel should have a purpose, and that the purpose should be something that you couldn’t accomplish by staying home. Right now, Dannie and Lisa and I are focused on our photography (okay, maybe Lisa isn’t that focused), and as a result we do visit a lot of landmarks that are frequented by tourists. But we are doing it with purpose! We get a lot of satisfaction out of the photos we take. We love sharing them, but even more, we love the process of creating them. We plan carefully, practice our techniques and learn to see the world with new vision. When we explore the city or a landscape we have the good fortune to see the sights as more than checkmarks on a list. Each location feels ripe with potential, and every morning we are glad we are waking up in the place where we are.

It’s been so rewarding that we’re having a hard time imagining leaving the lifestyle behind. We’ve started trying to monetize our blog through a project we call Operation Digital Nomad (if you want to support us, consider taking a look at our resource page). And imagining ourselves moving around forever has added meaning to our travel we didn’t expect. Since we aren’t on vacation, we have to think extra hard about the effects travel will have on our daughter.

We need spend real time and energy making sure that she gets what she needs out of a place as well. We have to keep her healthy, so we learn where to buy good food and where to get exercise. We have to help her learn, so we take time to slow down and let her indulge her curiosity. We have to find other children for her to play with. As she ages, she needs new clothes and toys as she grows out of everything in her suitcase. Traveling with a child forces us to embrace every aspect of slow travel that makes up my definition. She doesn’t give us the option of thinking of our location as temporary.

Slow Travel is Mindful

Finally, just because we can’t help but break our own rules, we’re going to tag on one last definition that is something you should be doing all the time whether you are slow traveling or not. If your slow travel is personal and and meaningful, and if it feels like your life, then it should also be mindful. You should be aware of what your are doing and experiencing and what effect it is having on you and on others.

When people judge tourists (and when tourists judge themselves), it is usually because of the litter that is dropped or the noise that is created or the way they breeze past what some might see as the most valuable part of a city on their way to the most popular part. Dannie and I do our best to be the kinds of guests we would want to have in our own town. We try, but we still fail sometimes, and when we fail, we try our best to be mindful of the consequences so that we can do better in the future.

But that’s only half of being mindful. It’s also important to be mindful of how you are treating yourself and the impact your actions and thoughts are having on your life. Are you getting carried away trying to see to much at once? How long has it been since you spent some time just reading? Are you getting enough sleep? Are you learning anything? Are you having fun? Have you lost sight of why you wanted to travel in the first place? I don’t know for sure that being mindful has to be part of our definition of slow travel. But if you aren’t being mindful of what you’re doing and why you’re doing it, what’s the point of having a definition in the first place?

And that’s the end of the post. Thanks for reading.





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IJL 2017 Set to Celebrate the NEW and the INSPIRATIONAL

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IJL 2017 is set to inspire the industry this September over three vibrant days, with new show features and a superb showcase of over 500 companies from 32 countries, including a host of innovative debut designers and brands. This flagship event is designed to provide a ‘360 degree’ platform for successful business, sharing knowledge and debate, networking and discovering the hottest trends and talent.

New show experiences include the newly themed seminar theatres, workshops and dedicated Skills Lab; a glimpse into the future in the Retail Experience Area; the new Watch Lounge; and Jewellery LIVE!, showcasing craftsmanship and technology at its best. Other ‘not to be missed’ highlights include the Trends Catwalk, previewing trends set to hit the High Street this Christmas and in Spring 2018, and a pool of cutting-edge new design talent from this year’s Bright Young Gems and KickStarters.

Sam Willoughby, Show Director, comments: “Over the past year, we have been busy talking to new and existing exhibitors and visitors – including our prestigious Diamond Club members – to ensure that IJL 2017 meets all the needs of the industry and is as productive and engaging as possible. I am especially proud of the international line-up this year, which includes many new brands and designers who are new to the UK and have chosen IJL as their first show, showcasing alongside some of the most highly regarded established brands in the industry. I am also delighted to welcome an increasing number of essential service providers now choosing IJL to launch the latest packaging, merchandising, technology, and retail developments. All of which make this year’s event an unmissable experience for both visitors and exhibitors.”

New highlights for 2017 include Jewellery LIVE!, which will offer a ‘behind the scenes’ showcase of craftsmanship and technology – from the bench to the powerful new techniques supporting creative ideas; from initial inspiration to beautifully finished pieces. The new Retail Experience Area is designed to help retailers explore new opportunities to develop the full in-store experience, to increase footfall and compete with online. Companies such as The Aroma Company, 4D Projects, Innovare and Kesslers International will be on-hand to offer the most up-to-date advice on enhancing the in-store offer and providing a memorable interactive jewellery buying experience for customers.

Education Redefined – alongside an inspirational line up of headline seminar speakers in the Inspiration Theatre, with industry luminaries like Stephen Webster, the new DIGIfest Theatre will feature a not-to-be missed social media programme. This will be headed up by Warren Knight, one of the top 100 Global Influencers and IJL’s Chief Social Media Editor, together with an array of high profile bloggers – outlining the fundamentals of social media, as well as more advanced sessions for the digital savvy. The new Academy will feature knowledge forums with educational and business experts, and the new Skills Lab, sponsored by the NAJ, will offer visitors the best advice on important industry issues, such as security and workplace pensions. And last but not least is the special new FairLuxx mini conference, with thought-provoking topics and speakers on the last day of the show.

Trend Insight – discovering new trends and looks to meet customer demand is at the heart of IJL and the thrice daily Trends Catwalk will feature the Spring/Summer 2018 jewellery trends, as well as the trends which will be so important for retailers this coming Christmas. Chosen by the new Trend Editor, Rachael Taylor – a freelance journalist specialising in jewellery – the trends are Chase the Rainbow, The Artisan, The Next Frontier, True Romance and Bridal – High Spirits.

Stars of the Future – BYGS and KickStarters – every year two groups of up and coming new young designers capture the interest of visitors looking for imaginative new designs and creativity. The Bright Young Gems are five graduating (or recently graduated) jewellery design students, selected by an eminent panel of consumer media experts, together with the British luxury fine jewellery designer, Shaun Leane. All follow in the successful footsteps of previous Bright Young Gems, including Pippa Small, Tomasz Donocik, Daisy Knights, Imogen Belfield and Fernando Jorge.

The Bright Young Gems are joined by the 2017 IJL KickStarters – flourishing new UK designers looking to take their business to the next stage. This annual mentoring programme is recognised as one of the most supportive programmes for new talent and provides invaluable marketing expertise thanks to IJL and the National Association of Jewellers. The ten chosen IJL KickStarters this year are: Claire Macfarlane Jewellery, Emily Kidson, Muscari Jewellery, Becky Dockree Jewellery, Raliegh Goss, Lucy Spink Jewellery, Heather Woof Jewellery, Rhona McCallum Jewellery, Alice Barnes and Oddical. Previous famous KickStarters include Imogen Belfield, Clarice Price Thomas, Claire English and Kristjan Eyjolfsson, to name but a few.

Winning Designs – the very successful and popular Editors’ Choice Awards celebrates some of the most unique and commercial jewellery collections and signature pieces on show at IJL. Now in its ninth year, a new format together with new categories has been introduced, reflecting the breadth of talent across all sectors at the show. Three category award winners have already been announced – Technical Trailblazer (The Rock Hound for their Chromanteq Bombe Rings), Creative Originality (Isabella Liu for her Sea Rhymes collection) and Commercial Mastermind (Franco Florenzi for their Bow and Arrow bracelets). A further four new categories, the IJL Show Awards, will be judged at the show by an extended panel of key industry media. These categories will cover Designer to Watch, Show Stopper, Visual Excellence and the highly anticipated IJL Exhibitor of the Year (for further details visit:

International and UK Showcase – IJL attracts jewellery and watch companies from every sector – from fine jewellery and designer brands to fashion-led sterling silver jewellery and loose gemstones.

The international line-up this year includes an array of new and cutting-edge companies making their debut from Europe, including Bloch & Co. from Belgium, Les Georgettes from France, MoM of Sweden, Maria Dorai Raj from Ireland and Leonori and Maori from Italy. From Africa and the Middle East, brands include celebrity designer Penny Winter from Nairobi, Cara Jewellers and Kaina from Dubai, Elham & Issa Jewellery from Jordan, and UAB Koliz Vostok from Lithuania. All of them will be starring alongside acclaimed brands such as Bronzallure and Sif Jakobs.

From the UK, first-time high profile exhibitors like Kiki Carnegie, Dog Fever and Lucinda King will be showcasing their jewellery alongside such valued returning companies as Astley Clarke, Asteria Diamonds, Gecko, Yoko London and Continental Jewellery, together with major established brands like Charles Green, Domino and Gemex.

Here is a snapshot of the new highlights from designers and brands showing at IJL 2017.

British Designers Flying the Flag at IJL

British Jewellery brand Astley Clarke is known for quality fine and contemporary jewellery that is design focused, refined and easy-to-wear. They will be showcasing their first three collections by Dominic Jones, Creative Director of Astley Clarke. The triptych collection takes ‘light’ as its central theme and navigates between 3 interconnected groups: Astronomy, Phototaxis and Colour of Calder. “IJL provides exposure to a wide portfolio of high calibre retailers, from both the UK and overseas. It allows us to meet with our current UK stockists and helps to facilitate opening new accounts. We would recommend IJL to jewellery brands who are looking to network and grow their distribution”, explains Helen Jones, Head of Wholesale, Astley Clarke.

First time exhibitor, Kiki Carnegie Jewellery London will be showing in the Design Gallery. Her collections are inspired by Gaudi and the ‘Art Nouveau’ movement as well as the intricacies of Byzantine architecture, and features different coloured plating. “IJL will be the first ‘jewellery only’ trade show at which I have exhibited. It will be insightful for me to see all the other jewellery collections on show and I look forward to hearing from other jewellers about their journeys”, comments Kiki Carnegie.

Dog Fever, an exclusive line of sterling silver jewellery, symbolises the unique bond with man’s best friend, paying homage to the most well-known breeds from around the world, highlighting their characteristics and natural vitality. Uniquely created and hand-painted by skilled goldsmiths, enamellists and miniaturists in Italy, the jewellery is designed to transform a feeling into a piece of jewellery that resonates with emotion – with the Hug collection able to be worn on fingers, complemented by pendants, earrings and bracelets. New collections being launched at IJL for the first time include an increasing number of breeds features, as well as cufflinks, money clips and keyrings. John Coupland, Managing Director of Dog Fever UK Ltd, says: “We look forward to exhibiting at the best London trade fair. We consider IJL to be the ideal venue to launch Dog Fever for jewellers in the metropolis.”

Orlap Studio, a small family company based in Sheffield, will be debuting this year. They specialise in bespoke cufflinks, dress studs and tie slides. Begun in 1975 by Jack Thwaites, Orlap is now run by Christopher and Karen Perry. At IJL, Orlap Studio will be showcasing the Special Touches collection of top end cufflinks and dress studs set with combinations of diamonds and gold kisses set into their classic ranges. The knurled edge cufflink face lends a more tactile surface to the rim. Also on show will be a range of travel cufflinks, which hinge to fold flat. “Retail is a changing environment and we are adapting our services to help – such as suggesting and creating new stone combinations, or colours, to sit alongside tailor’s clothing. Designing and making bespoke styles is something we are gaining a reputation for and, as a small manufacturer, we can provide this service alongside our stock range and work with our customers at a very personal level. It is now time to reach out to new customers! IJL seems to be the perfect place for us.”, comments Christopher Perry, Director and Silversmith.

Andrew Geoghegan will be launching petit additions to his engagement ring collection, which will have RRPs of below £2,000 – in response to an in-depth consumer and retailer survey. IJL 2017 will also see the launch of further developments of the ever-popular ‘Satellite Diamond’ rings as well as an ocean-inspired solitaire. “IJL 2016 was a runaway success for us and in order to emulate this performance in 2017, we have some very exciting launches. One of our targets for 2017 has been an in-depth focus into gathering consumer, retailer and industry data, and along with our collection launches, we will be announcing some pivotal new strategy developments at the show”, explains Andrew Geoghegan.

Chordia Jewels will be unveiling two new collections at IJL. An exquisite natural Zambian emerald collection which is unique for its brilliant cut and polish. Showing alongside their new 18k and 14k lightweight gold jewellery collection showcasing different colours of Life. Featuring refined settings, intricate detailing and par excellence craftsmanship, this is a collection of delicate and dainty jewellery. Vikas Chordia says: “IJL is a top jewellery event in Europe given its location and the timing of the show (have deleted the time of the exhibition). It is a heterogeneous platform that not only facilitates display and the selling of gems and Jewellery, but also provides an unparalleled networking opportunity. This highly influential B2B jewellery trade event is an ideal place to launch brands and collections.”

Gecko, the award winning UK jewellery supplier with an enviable reputation for consistent excellence in customer service, innovation and product and brand development, will be launching a number of new collections and pieces at IJL. These include the new collection from their popular men’s brand ‘Fred Bennett’, featuring over 65 new jewellery and accessory designs, some of them for the unisex market, and the Fiorelli silver jewellery collection and its Elements gold and silver ranges – as well as the ‘D for Diamonds’ ever-expanding range for children with sentimental pieces for new Mums and Mums to be, and the launch of the new Orla Kiely collection, featuring both enamel and plain metal pieces incorporating iconic Orla motifs. “IJL is a hugely important show for us, as it is the perfect platform for us to launch our new autumn/winter collections together on one stand. Whether its silver, gold or fashion jewellery, gifts or accessories, Gecko has it all, with plenty of interesting new ideas for the Christmas season and beyond”, says Desiree Pringle, Gecko Creative Director.

Small Luxuries believe that beauty takes many forms, which is why they cut and polish all their stones themselves. They look forward to unveiling a new collection of Tanzanites and Sapphires, which they hope will interest both individual designers and the larger brands at their first IJL show. “IJL will help us launch in the Europe market following our success in the US, Hong Kong and India. We work with all sizes of companies – basically anyone who has a passion for coloured stones!”, comments Shruti Jain, Director Small Luxuries.

Lawrence Blunt Ltd are specialists in the design and manufacture of precious and semi-precious jewellery. At IJL they will be showcasing their new Grace Collection, an on-trend bridal range of beautifully designed rings, pendants and earrings, celebrating the Clever Cluster. Available in various metals, the design encases, enhances and accentuates the diamond spread, to clever and dazzling effect. “IJL is a conduit to enable us to meet up with our customers as well as keep abreast of industry news and developments”, says Laurence Blunt.

Timepieces to Watch

The new Watch Lounge and Watch Area will showcase products from companies accommodating all price points – including the Peers Hardy Group (with leading brands like Radley, Cluse, Orla Kiely, Ice Watch, Disney and Lola Rose), Claude Bernard, Vostok Europe, Elliot Brown and Gevril Group, to name but a few.

Bateren & Co Watches will officially launch to the industry at IJL 2017. Rugged yet refined, solid and versatile, the Pacemaker 1 is a unisex watch which is unmatched in build quality and strength amongst its class. Key features include precision Japanese automatic movement, 300m water resistance, scratch resistant sapphire glass and 316L surgical stainless steel case. All at a truly affordable price. Bateren & Co founder, Marho Bateren said: “I have spent a year designing a high quality yet affordable automatic watch; a segment of the watch market that is very much under-represented. We are excited to finally unveil the Pacemaker 1 to the trade and to start building relationships with retailers.”

International Trend Setters

At just 16 years old, Amedeo Scognamiglio learned the art of carving cameos, whilst working for his father’s company in his hometown of Torre del Greco, Italy. His work brings a fresh contemporary twist to this ancient art and continues an artistic manufacturing tradition dating back to the early 1800s. Amedeo Cameosare glamorous and on-trend, and feature the use of alternative materials, unexpected ideas and smile-triggering designs, appealing to the die-hard fashionistas from Paris, NYC, London and Moscow.

Les Georgettes from France is an innovative concept that combines fine customised jewellery with interchangeable and reversible leather bands. In just a few seconds, customers can create their very own collection of exclusive Georgettes by changing or reversing the band to go with their outfit, bag or mood. This newly established company will be showcasing the new necklace pieces as part of their core collection, Les Essentielles, as well as their Les Précieuses collection. “Les Georgettes brand was launched just last year, so it is very important for us to attend the key trade shows in key markets and IJL fits the bill in the UK”, comments Frédéric Brunel-Acquaviva, International Vice-President.

Elham & Issa Jewellery from Jordan, creates timeless pieces using precious and semi-precious stones set in 18k gold, all expertly crafted and designed. Their flagship boutique is in Amman, Jordan and they will be launching internationally with four collections at IJL. “Exhibiting at IJL provides an excellent platform for us to engage with international buyers in an exclusive trading environment”, explains Issa Sabeh and Elham Kalaji, founders of Elham & Issa Jewellery.

Cara Jewellers, the Dubai based fine jewellery brand, will exhibit for the first time at IJL this year. Known globally for their phenomenal diamond jewellery, which is classic in form but on-trend in appeal, their products ooze wearability with minimal use of metal, highlighting diamonds and gemstones. Brothers Kiran and Anil Pethani from India established Cara Jewellers in 2005, in the Gold and Diamond Park, Dubai. They will showcase the finest necklace earring sets, rings and wristwear, as well as an extensive range of engagement rings, a USP of Cara, in every shape, size, colour and design. From the simplest wedding band to the extravagant double-digit diamond rings, Cara offer designs in every type and budget. Anil Pethani comments: “It is our first time exhibiting at IJL and what better than exhibiting in the city of London. The show is an esteemed platform for high end jewellers and it is an honour to be able to present our jewels amongst this prestigious company.”

Newcomer Franco Florenzi, winner of the 2017 Editors’ Choice Commercial Mastermind Award, is a design-led brand focused on creating simple and unique accessories for men and women. Attention to detail is at the core of their designs, inspired by subtle sophistication and impeccable craftsmanship, combining minimalism and elegance. The growing collection of Bow and Arrow bracelets designed for both men and women are suitable for both classic and contemporary outfits. Each piece is designed in England and manufactured from the finest materials. The ultra-thin cord is complimented by the handcrafted Bow & Arrow detailing and is available in a variety of colours, making it the perfect accessory to add to any outfit. “This will be our first time at IJL and we are very excited to see what it brings. Franco Florenzi has had huge success online via social media channels such as Facebook and Instagram and we feel the time is right to branch out into retail. IJL 2017 is the perfect place for this. With a proven track record of great success for many brands and being one of the largest jewellery shows in the UK, this is the place to be”, says Lucky Nwosu, Co-Founder and Creative Director or Franco Florenzi.

New from Poland is Bondarowski, created by artist goldsmiths Eliza and Krzysztof Konrad Bondaruk. Their jewellery stands out as being 100% handmade, unique pieces of art which have an international following. The uniqueness of the pieces lies not only in the perfection of its performance, but also in the surprising combination of materials and symbiosis of the latest technologies with traditional Polish craftsmanship. Both designers are members of the Association of Polish Artists of the District of the Warsaw Association of Gold Artists and the Amber Association of Gdańsk and often work with fashion designers promoting their amber jewellery pieces. Eliza Bondaruk comments: “London is one of the most important fashion and design capitals, and annual events such as IJL attracts distributors, gallery owners, fashion journalists and bloggers. Taking part at the show gives us the opportunity to promote our Bondarowski brand and showcase the exceptional design and workmanship of our jewellery.”.

The House of Gallants from Istanbul is a new exhibitor specialising in men’s accessories – designs draw on the sophisticated elegance of the British aristocracy with a twist of mythology. All the pieces are elegantly handcrafted with precious stones and metals, including 18 carat gold and silver, and features handmade leathers, organic materials and special cut stones.

Also making their debut at IJL is the eclectic DreamChoice Jewelry from Los Angeles. Created to reflect the wearer’s individual personality, using 18K gold and the highest VVS diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires, as well as top of the line pearls and highly saturated rubellites. The finest craftsmanship ensures each piece is designed to make a unique personality statement. Collections to be unveiled at IJL include the new ‘Maa’ Collection in addition to ‘Sampradaya’, ‘East et West’ and ‘Eternity’ collections. Swapna Pinnamaneni, founder of DreamChoice Jewelry, explains: “As a new designer, for me IJL is the only show to be at to launch my brand as it offers excellent opportunities for exposure, networking and expansion.”

Leonori Gioielli is an Italian company showing for the first time at IJL. Founded in 1962 in a workshop near Florence, three generations of jewellers have now contributed to the unique style of Leonori. Today, a team of experienced goldsmiths, designers and gemmologists work together under the guidance of Agostino’s sons. Each piece is a handcrafted piece of art by Leonori’s masters who transform every jewel into an exquisite unique piece. At IJL they will be showing collections including The Secret Garden Collection, which draws on the transient beauty of flowers in the spring.

Bloch & Co from Belgium is another newcomer at IJL this year. Created by CML Jewelry, a 40-year old family business, this high-end fine jewellery collection symbolizes quality and perfection. They work exclusively with highly skilled craftsmen, goldsmiths and diamond setters. Bloch continually search for the highest-quality dazzling diamonds and beautiful coloured stones to include in their handmade pieces.

Invaluable Retail Solutions

For those looking for in store support, the Retail Solutions offer at this year’s show is a must visit, with specialist new exhibitors such as Laser SOS, suppliers of retrofit laser parts and consumables, and Kesslers International, the providers of merchandising display solutions that improve consumers’ in-store experience, build brand activation and ultimately drive product sales.

Kesslers International offer a complete 360° service. Kesslers will be demonstrating their creative expertise, particularly showing innovation in jewellery displays and bringing unique design ideas to the industry leaders at IJL 2017. Members of their creative design team will be on hand to suggest ideas directly to brands and answer questions.

First time exhibitor Innovare Design Limited is a retail design consultancy specialising in branded environments for the retail experience. They work collaboratively with retailers in the UK, Europe and internationally, and projects cover interior design, branding and graphic design for flagships, rollouts, independent stores, pop-ups, shop-in-shops, multi-brand and duty free environments. Lloyd Blakey, Founder & Creative Director of Innovare Design, comments: “We are very excited to be taking a stand as well as presenting at this year’s IJL show. As a new NAJ member we are keen to support the sector and IJL is the perfect platform for us to share our retail design know-how.”

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Notes to Editors

For more information about IJL 2017 please contact: Jennifer Hall-Thompson or Suzanna Hammond: +44 (0) 7770 802442

About International Jewellery London:

International Jewellery London is the UK’s leading trade event for the international jewellery industry. The event showcases the latest product ranges from over 550 high end, finished jewellery manufacturers, designers, loose gemstones, and retail services suppliers. IJL attracts an unparalleled range of jewellery focussed and pre-qualified buyers from 64 countries in an exclusive trading environment to do business, share knowledge and network in the heart of London, the UK’s style capital. Inspiring the industry for over 60 years, IJL showcases future industry trends, provides 100% free education and attracts an unrivalled selection of consumer and trade press.

IJL is sponsored by the NAJ and supported by the GIA, Gem-A, The Houlden Group, The Company of Master Jewellers, The Responsible Jewellery Council, Euromonitor and CIBJO.

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About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in 30 countries. In 2015 Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 40 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.

Jewellery and Fashion Accessories events are: Jewelers International Showcase (JIS) in January and April; Girls Jeweller Tokyo (IJT); Bijorhca Paris; JCK Tuscon; Tokyo Fashion Jewellery Expo (April); Garderobe; International Jewellery & Watch Show (JWS); International Jewellery Kobe (IJK); Luxury and JCK Las Vegas.

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Labradorite necklace and earrings set in sterling silver. Handmade Labradorite jewelry by Arctida.

Labradorite necklace and earrings set in sterling silver. Handmade Labradorite jewelry by Arctida.

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Rachel Craven - The Local Rose - Photos by Mel Blanchard

Inside the beautiful home of textile designer Rachel Craven for The Local Rose

Photos by Mel Blanchard

© Mel Blanchard 2012

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