Last night attendees at the Benevolent Society Ball witnessed 11 front runners of the industry recognised as part of the NAJ’s Annual Awards ceremony.

Now in its fifth year at the festive, fun-filled and increasingly popular ball, the NAJ Awards attracted guests from all across the UK and internationally including Italy, Germany, Ireland and France, as companies, individuals and teams were recognised for their professionalism, honesty and integrity.

The glittering ceremony was hosted by NAJ Chief Executive, Simon Forrester and NAJ Chair, Harriet Kelsall who presented each winner with their awards, and paid tribute to the talent in the jewellery industry, 

“This is one of my favourite events in the jewellery industry calendar. Of course, massive congratulations to the winners but also congratulations to those that were shortlisted. The talent in our industry is overwhelming and in order for the industry to thrive in the future we need to recognise, champion and celebrate excellence as much as we possibly can.

“At this event [the ball] it’s also important to recognise the generosity of the individuals who help to raise funds for the Benevolent Society, that can then be reinvested into people of the trade where it is really needed.”

At the ceremony Purely Diamonds scooped two awards with Retailer of the Year and Sales Manager Tracey Jones talking home Sales Person of the Year, while Hockley Mint picked up the award for Jewellery/Watch Supplier of the Year.

Retailer Drakes returned to Plymouth with the Physical Shop Front of the year, while Sheffield’s PA Jewellery made the return leg to Yorkshire with the Team of the Year award. Bond Jewellery perhaps had the shortest trip of any victorious retailer back to Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter with their award for Website of the Year.

The hotly contested Workshop Professional of the Year was won by Alexander Wood who has recently completed his apprenticeship with Nathaniel Groves, while Designer of the Year was awarded to Julien Riad Sahyoun who followed on his success from the UK Jewellery Awards earlier in the year.

Popular teacher, writer and dealer Kerry Gregory from Gemmology Rocks was awarded Service Provider of the Year, while Innovation of the Year went to MyriamSOS who cut her holiday short to make the event. And finally, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year was won by demi-fine Jewellery designer Monica Vinader.

Attending the Awards for the first time, and as Headline Sponsor, David Sutton from diamond marketplace Nivoda said,

“We were honoured to have the opportunity to support the NAJ Awards this year, it was an excellent night that really celebrated those doing great things in our industry, we can’t wait to see what the next 12 months bring!”.

The gallery from last night’s ceremony is available to view, and members of the jewellery community who didn’t quite get their entry in this year can register their interest in entering the 2020 awards to be kept up to date with entry timelines.

The Association will now turn its attention to the NAJ Summit, which was officially launched at the Ball. The Summit which incorporates events such as the 3-day Valuers Conference and residential Jewellers congress will take place on Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd June at the Staverton Park Estate, Northampton which boasts a spa, golf course and various dining options on site.

The winners of the NAJ Awards 2019 are:

Headline Sponsor: Nivoda

Physical Shop Front of the Year – Drakes
Sponsored by: VM & Events Ltd

Innovation of the Year – MyriamSOS
Sponsored by: Clarity & Success

Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year – Monica Vinader
Sponsored by: Pursuit

Website of the Year – Bond Jewellery & Diamonds
Sponsored by: IJL

Jewellery and/or Watch Supplier of the Year – Hockley Mint
Sponsored by: Inhorgenta Munich

Service Provider of the Year – Gemmology Rocks
Sponsored by: Parify

Retailer of the Year – Purely Diamonds, Manchester
Sponsored by: Hockley Mint

Sales Person of the Year – Tracey Jones (Purely Diamonds)
Sponsored by: Windiam

Team of the Year – The PA Jewellery Team
Sponsored by: TH March

Designer of the Year – Julien Riad Sahyoun
Sponsored by: Clogau

Workshop Professional of the Year – Alexander Wood, apprentice to Nathanial Groves
Sponsored by: Presman Mastermelt

About the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ)

The National Association of Jewellers is the trade body representing all sections of the UK jewellery industry. With over 130 years of history, and more than 2,000 members, we cover everything from bullion dealers to registered valuers, and all points in between. As an industry-leading education provider, we deliver internationally recognised qualifications, exciting short courses and bespoke business mentoring. The Association was formed in 2015 through the unification of the British Jewellers’ Association (BJA) and National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG). The Institute of Registered Valuers is also part of the NAJ family, comprised of around 150 professional valuers with formal qualifications and substantial experience. Every NAJ member is required to abide by the NAJ’s Code of Conduct – based on honesty, integrity and professionalism. Members proudly display the NAJ’s Grant of Arms to signify commitment.

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