Burkmar & Dark Horse Ornament win BJA cuff prizes

Yu Lan Burkmar won the precious jewellery category with an 18ct yellow gold piece called Ocean Wave Bangle.

Winning designs will be on display at Spring Fair International

The British Jewellers’ Association (BJA) has announced that Yu Lan Burkmar of Burkmar Jewellery and Jenny Hattersely of Dark Horse Ornament have won the BJA at Spring Fair International Award.

Designers taking part in this year’s competition were asked to create a cuff that was both innovative and commercial. The competition was split into two categories, one for precious jewellery and one for fashion jewellery.

Burkmar won the precious jewellery category with an 18ct yellow gold piece called Ocean Wave Bangle. The cuff was singled out because of its corrugated effect that makes it both strong and flexible. The finely beaten gold also has the added advantage of lowering the amount of gold used to create the piece making it more affordable. lt has an RRP of £3,000.

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Hattersley took the prize in the fashion category with her Glint cuff, an on-trend design that mixes leather and glass from an antique chandelier. Judges said that they particularly enjoyed the recycled nature of the jewellery piece, has an RRP of £174.

Both designs will be showcased on the Pandora Catwalk Cafe at Spring Fair three times a day during the February trade show.

Runners up in the competition included Rachel Galley in the precious category with an Enkai silver cuff and Abigail Keefe in the fashion category with her Koture cuff that incorporates Japanese kimono silk, stainless steel mesh, leather and bronze in the design.

BJA PR and marketing manager Lyndsey Straughton said: “We were delighted with both the quantity and the quality of entries for this year’s competition. It was a hard-won fight in both categories but I believe we have some truly worthy winners. I hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to see these eye-catching and highly commercial designs on the catwalk at The Jewellery Show.”

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