The importance and need of young blood in every profession can hardly be exaggerated for they bring with them a spirit of questioning conventions, breaking them and setting some new ones. Although some can be inspired and an extension to the preceding notions, new designs are always just that - new in their own little ways.
In the jewelry industry where change is the watchword, an international event such as the Inhorgenta Europe is a hub of the worldwide talent pool. Whether it is showcasing new designers' creations or awarding them with an Innovation Prize or a platinum honorary prize, the fresh crop of designers get the much deserved boost they need to thrive in such stiff competition.
Out of the 166 designers who got a chance to present their refreshing collections at inhorgenta europe 2008's Design Podium, we bring to you the 17 best creations that caught much attention and were much appreciated for their contemporary take on jewelry. Experimenting with everything, right from felt earrings to "green" gold, the new and inspired batch of designers are awaited eagerly by the jewelry afficianados all over the world. Let's take a glimpse at the trends that are to rule this century.