John Lewis and Partners has announced a new collaboration with Bright Young Gems, which sees the two newly-winning designers debut their first demi-fine collections.
Zenga’s debut Smile Collection from John Lewis features five finely crafted pieces in 9K gold with natural freshwater pearls that move freely in the smile of each piece.
The jeweler is an excellent designer and winner of the Young Jewelry Designer of the Year 2020 and Bright Young Gem 2018 awards.
Meanwhile, Birch’s debut Cocktail collection is her take on a diamond halo ring.
The pieces are handcrafted in 9 carat yellow gold and semi-precious stones: emerald-cut green amethyst, oval-cut blue topaz and pear-shaped rose quartz.
All products (necklaces, earrings and rings) are made from sustainable materials and are more free, “playful designs aimed at breaking with tradition.”
Burch was selected as a Bright Young Designer in 2021 and is a recent graduate of Central St Martins.
Both Zeng and Birch have created collections exclusively for John Lewis, which will be available this week at John Lewis stores on Oxford Street, Newcastle, Welwyn, Leeds and Edinburgh, as well as online.
Zeng said: “Partnering with this great British retailer is such an exciting opportunity for me and I hope these pieces, which have been a pleasure to design, bring much joy to those who wear them, create happy memories and celebrate special moments.” .
Burch added: “Collaborating with John Lewis to launch my debut collection is an amazing opportunity. Seeing my work showcased on a national platform is very surreal for me as a young designer. I am very grateful to be chosen as a bright young designer in 2021, thanks to which the John Lewis team learned about my work.”
Elena Bergonzi, jewelry buyer at John Lewis and Partners, said: “Being able to support emerging designers and showcase their work is a dream come true. We have created a limited collection of jewelry with timeless elegance and uncompromising quality, designed to last for years to come.”