BJA chokers and neckwear comp winners awarded

Lucy Q, Pautink, Cabinet and Rui Bao praised for neckwear designs.

The British Jewellers’ Association yesterday awarded the winners of its annual design competition, which this year focused on chokers and chunky neckwear.

Two winners and two runner up designers were presented with certificates across the categories of precious and non-precious designs, during a ceremony at the Catwalk Cafe at The Jewellery Show.

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The winner in the precious category was Lucy Quatermaine of Lucy Q, whose sterling silver Short Multi-Drip necklace wowed the judges with its fluid design and articulated silver raindrops.

Royal College of Art student Rui Bao was runner up in the precious category for her Cosy Red collar, described as a futuristic and unusual design that featured crotcheted silver wire, copper and cold enamel.

The non-precious category winner was Pautinka, the brainchild of designer Svetlana Marshall. Her Goldie Necklace Shawl with five Moveable Pins was the winning design – a piece with a scarf-like design that can be worn in a number of ways.

The runner up in the non-precious category was Cabinet, for its Eulithis neckpiece. The geometric design incorporates gold plated brass, steel, Perspex and Swarovski crystals.

The BJA’s Lindsey Straughton said: “We were delighted with the quantity and quality of the entries to this year’s competition. Statement neckwear is very much in fashion at the moment and all four of these designs are undoubtedly at the cutting edge of the trend and are worthy winners.”

The two winning designers each received £500 towards the cost of a stand the The Jewellery Show 2013. Julie Driscoll, event director at The Jewellery Show said: “Design is key to all that we do. Working with the BJA on this award enables us not only to identify and reward new talent, but also to help the winning designers to raise their profile within the industry. Congratulations to the winners and indeed to all who took part.”

All four winning designs have been shown three times daily as part of the fashion shows staged at the Catwalk Cafe during the trade show.



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