After a hectic couple of weeks with the day job, I’m now back into blogging mode and have just registered to attend The Jewellery Show at the NEC in Birmingham next February. I know it sounds a long way off but in reality it’s only 8 weeks away so it’s worth getting the dates in the diary: 3rd – 7th February.
The Show is part of the Spring Fair, Europe’s largest home and gift trade fair. It gives buyers the chance to see new collections and get a good feel for catwalk driven jewellery trends. Even if, like me, you’re a designer/maker and are more interested in selling than buying and, perhaps, do so on a small scale, the Show will give you an idea of what’s around and what’s up and coming.
I went for the first time this year with a particular aim of checking out Steampunk jewellery. I only found a couple of sellers but they both seemed optimistic that this newish style (newish in the UK, that is – it’s very popular in the US) would prove successful during 2012. It will be interesting to see if their optimism was well placed when I return in February.
More on The Jewellery Show and Steampunk jewellery in future posts.