Rebecca Neill from Domino Jewellery has scooped the top prize in the BJA and IJL diamond design competition.
The competition was announced earlier this year to help celebrate International Jewellery London’s diamond jubilee show, due to take place in September.
All UK companies exhibiting at IJL 2015 were eligible to enter the competition and the judges had a choice of 30 designs all incorporating exactly 60 points of diamonds – one for each year that IJL has been in business. The 60 pts of diamond within the pieces could be split in any way the entrant wished – for example as a number of small stones, two or three stones, or as one large stone – and manufactured in any precious or non-precious materials of their choosing.
All the entries had to be created either especially for the competition or with the theme of celebration in mind to evoke a sense of occasion.
The competition was judged by an expert panel including: Helen Dimmick, managing director of jewellery retailer Green & Benz, the luxury, bespoke jewellery designer David Marshall, and Justine Carmody, production and development director at Stephen Webster, as well as representatives from the BJA and IJL.
The winner Rebecca Neill from Domino won with her unique bangle ‘Stella Una’ (pictured) a title derived from ‘Stella’ the Latin word for planet and ‘Una’ meaning together as one. The piece reflects how IJL brings people from all corners of the world together in one place.
Neill said: “My piece celebrates the union of the international jewellery community and the business relationships that have been formed as a result over the past 60 years. The design depicts the world with the United Kingdom and stone settings accented in rose gold to highlight the location of IJL as the beating heart of a global jewellery industry. The firework inspired patterns exploding from the rose gold and diamond hearts of each country represent the growth of IJL and the excitement it brings to visitors and the new designer makers who know of the opportunities it provides.”
Anna-Anthea Carter, also from Domino, was named runner-up in the competition with her ‘Sparkle’ celebration earrings.
Four highly commended designs were also chosen each of which interpreted the brief in different ways. These came from:
Kristjan Eyjolfsson, who created a brooch called ‘Kampavin’ (champagne in Icelandic) in which carved features and facets represent bubbles in a crystal flute.
Siobhan Maher of Domino whose ‘Earrings for Dancing’ were felt to be full of life and vivacity;
Dalia Daou who created an unusual candle-shaped pendant incorporating the initials IJL;
Emma Louise Darnell also of Domino whose ‘Constellation’ necklace drew its inspiration from the stars.
Speaking after the judging the BJA’s Lindsey Straughton said: “We had some exciting entries to this competition and I know that the judges felt the winners had done a tremendous job in interpreting the brief. We had sparkle, movement, starry nights and champagne and it is a great credit to Domino that so many of their design team, all of whom entered independently, have had their designs selected.”
IJL Show Director, Sam Willoughby added: “”The winning design is a fitting tribute to IJL’s enduring central role within the UK and global jewellery industry. I look forward to seeing both pieces on display at the show in September where I know they will be of real interest to exhibitors and visitors alike.”
All of the winning companies will be exhibiting at IJL (September 6 to 8 2015) at Olympia.