BJA reveals finalists of cocktail ring prize

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Rosie Sanders, Lucky Eyes, JCM and Silver Service make the cut.

The British Jewellers’ Association (BJA) has announced the four finalists of its annual BJA Award, this year dedicated to cocktail rings, as JCM, Rosie Sanders, Lucky Eyes and Silver Service.

This annual competition organised by the BJA and sponsored by Jewellery & Watch Birmingham aims to showcase and reward British firms and individual designer makers.

This year’s award has gone on the hunt for the best cocktail rings designs from across two categories: precious and non-precious materials. The overall winners will be announced at Jewellery & Watch Birmingham on February 3, as part of a champagne reception at the BJA’s stand.

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The finalists in this year’s precious metal category are Lucky Eyes and Rosie Sanders. Lucky Eyes’ entry, the Leaf Ring is made in sterling silver and set with cubic zirconia and takes its inspiration from a floating leaf. It is designed to sit across several fingers of the hand and has an RRP of £279.

Rosie Sanders was selected for her hand-made Kaleidoscope ring, crafted in either silver or 18ct gold-plated silver, set with a London blue topaz stone. The ring, part of Rosie’s Renaissance Rebel collection, has an RRP upwards of £675.

In the non-precious material or fashion jewellery category, the finalists were named as JCM (formerly JewelEver) and Silver Service.

JCM’s double ring, which sits on just one finger, is fashioned in bronze with gold vermeil and incorporates haematite crystals and facet-cut chalcedony. The ring provides a chic, luxury look at an RRP of £90.

The fourth finalist, Silver Service, was selected for its Wings of Desire ring, which combines solid yellow bronze with a hand-carved bone skull, with an RRP of just £60.

BJA marketing manager Lindsey Straughton said of the finalists: “We were looking for bold statements to reflect the purpose of a cocktail ring such as a flamboyant piece worn to impress and I think we have found just that in these four finalists.

“Large rings are a must for 2014 and this competition covers both trendy fashion and opulent precious pieces.”

The designs from the finalists in the competition will also be worn on the catwalk every day at Jewellery & Watch Birmingham. The overall winners of each category will be revealed at a champagne reception on the catwalk at 12.30pm on Monday February 3.

The BJA’s stand will also play host to a silver fruit bowl created by Victor Wayne Meeten for The British Allied Trades Federation, the umbrella body of which the BJA is a part.

Meeten was commissioned to make the bowl having won an open competition. The piece, entitled Fountain of Energy draws its inspiration from the Eastern martial art of Tai Chi and whirlpools.
 

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