(PRWEB UK) 16 February 2013
The UK Jewellery Awards will be celebrating its 20th year with a gala ceremony at the Natural History Museum in London and Benna Jewellery is already building up the excitement. The event, to be held on July 4 2013, recognises the rising stars of the jewellery world and is considered to be the ‘Oscars’ of the jewellery and watch industries.
Awards are available in 17 different categories, with new categories for 2013 to include watch retailer of the year and store design of the year.
A spokesperson for one online leader in fashion jewellery, Benna Jewellery, said: “We at Benna Fine Jewellery are very excited about the 2013 UK Jewellery Awards. Not only do they recognise individual jewellery and watch designers, they also give brands and retailers a chance to shine.
"As this year is a landmark year it is certain to be a memorable night for the jewellery industry as a whole.”
The awards will be judged by a panel of experts, none of whom will have any vested interest in the competitors, and sponsors are also not allowed on the panel.
The deadline for submitting entries is March 1, after which shortlists will be drawn up and a winner decided after a thorough and demanding process.
Those competing in the categories of new designer, jewellery designer, retail employer and retail star are required to visit the awards office to make a presentation to the judges about their business and its future plans. They will also face a question and answer session.
Retailers (independent, multiple and boutique) are subject to a visit from a member of the editorial team along with a question and answer session focusing on staff training and stock management procedures. The business is also visited by a mystery shopper who then reports back to the judges on the shopping and customer service experience.
In the brand and supplier categories, finalists will be reviewed by their stockists and given a score that decides the winner, while retail buyers will be brought in to decide between the finalists in the catwalk jewels and platinum bridal collection categories.
Award entries are free and can be submitted online at http://www.ukjewelleryawards.co.uk. Retail Jeweller magazine, which will be hosting the event, encourages all jewellery businesses to participate as a way to recognise the achievements and talents of their staff.
To see the complete range Benna’s cutting edge fashion and fine jewellery, visit http://www.benna.co.uk.