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Rising Gems: Conservation projects glisten in the West End

Rising Gems
Date and Time: 
10 June 2009
Liberty, London

On Wednesday 10th June "Rising Gems" launched their fabulous collection of jewellery at Liberty's new jewellery room in London, sponsored by Enlightened™ - Swarovski Elements, as part of Coutts Jewellery Week.

Jewellery (necklace) by Ornella Iannuzzi, part of the Rising Gems collection Jewellery (bangle) by Missoma, part of the Rising Gems collection

Jewellery from the Rising Gems collection: "Planting some seeds for the future" pendant by Ornella Iannuzzi on display in Liberty's new jewellery room (top) and "Mangrove Viper Cuff" by Missoma (above) .

The one-off "Rising Gems" collection was designed by ten of London's most innovative and directional young jewellery designers, drawing their inspiration from individual World Land Trust conservation projects. Each piece was specially made and unique creating a wonderfully diverse collection which stunningly reflected the variety and beauty of the land and species protected by the WLT supported wildlife reserves.

What was clear from the collection was how each designer had identified with 'their' particular WLT project and expressed a specific element of that project in an artistic and visual form through their jewellery. Whether the subject was a bird from that project site, an aspect of local community support, or a simple seed of a common plant, each project seemed to appeal to the designers in different ways and inspired some magnificent work.

Despite the tube strikes the turn-out was surprisingly good and there was a great buzz of excitement in the air for what was a very special launch. Liberty did a wonderful job of displaying the jewellery imaginatively in individual glass capsules with the jewellery arranged amid decorative settings inspired by nature. Three pieces have been sold so far with 30-40% being donated to World Land Trust projects. World Land Trust would like to thank all the highly talented jewellery designers for choosing to support our work. We would also like to thank Enlightened™ - Swarovski Elements and Liberty for participating in this fantastic project.
See the full Rising Gems collection, and which WLT project areas inspired the pieces here

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