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Endangered Wildlife Inspire 'Rising Gems' at Coutts London Jewellery Week 2009

13 March, 2009 - 09:00 -- World Land Trust
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March 2009 - Coutts London Jewellery Week this June will launch an exciting collaboration between ten of London's most innovative and directional young jewellery designers who are uniting to form the aptly named, 'Rising Gems'. And this innovative collaboration will be raising funds to save some of the 'Gems of the Rainforest' through World Land Trust.

Recognising the need to highlight and celebrate emerging UK jewellery talent at CLJW this year, the jewellery stars of tomorrow have joined forces to create a new collective. This group of up and coming London based designers boasts impressive credentials along with a wide mix of nationalities and cultures that represents the very diversity of an international city such as London.

The 'Rising Gems' group includes, SHO Fine Jewellery, Missoma, Ana De Costa, Monica Vinader, Assya, Francesca Sibylla Augusta, Ornella Iannuzzi, Sabine Roemer, Leblas and Carla Shanks. Between these ten designers, there is an impressive portfolio of achievements including industry awards from the UK Jewellery Awards and Italian Jewellery Awards, as well as acclaimed commissions from the likes of the Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton, and Swarovski's 'Runway Rocks'. Some of the 'Rising Gems' have also been lucky enough to have had their talents nurtured by London's most established and famous designers who they previously studied under as protégés.

World Land Trust is delighted that the ten designers will be collaborating on a very special, one-off 'Rising Gems collection' sponsored by ENLIGHTENED™ - Swarovski Elements, using their range of precision-cut genuine gemstones in an array of exquisite cuts, colours and brilliance. Each designer will create one piece of jewellery in the capsule collection that will be inspired by the World Land Trust's overseas projects. Fighting to protect critically endangered habitats, and the species being support around the world, the Trust's projects range from elephant and tiger corridors in India, cloud forests in Ecuador with species of orchids new to science, and wetland projects in Paraguay protecting myriads of aquatic birds and other sensational wildlife. Each designer will be representing a different project of their choice and a percentage of the proceeds raised by the 'Rising Gems' collection will be donated to each of the individual WLT projects being supported.

The Rising Gems Collection will be unveiled at Liberty in their new jewellery room during CLJW and the designers will be toasted at a cocktail evening to mark the occasion.

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