The awards, which were held in association with headline partner, The Betts Group, represented one of the first in-person events for the trade in almost 18 months. They are a point of reference for the jewellery sector, being the longest running and most prestigious trade event within the industry. The shortlist for the 2021 awards included Vashi, Sif Jakobs Jewellery, Swarvoski and Goldsmiths among others.
Shaun Leane was chosen for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry, an award which reflects his dedication to passing on knowledge and experience to aspiring jewellers. Shaun Leane has always found it important to work closely with the next generation of jewellers, recently judging on ‘All That Glitters’, BBC Two’s talent search series which set out to find the UK’s next up-and-coming jewellery star.
SHAUN LEANE says
“I feel blessed that I was born with creativity, but it is the people I met along the way that nurtured me, with courage and conviction, that allowed me to flourish and evolve to be the designer and craftsman that I am today. For all of those who have joined me along this beautiful journey, I’m truly grateful you gave me the encouragement to create, provoke and inspire. This is for all of us. And not forgetting you my dearest McQueen. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart, this means so much to me.”