Sam Towens to become full-time goldsmith at new Westerham store.
Flawless Jewellery has hired an award-winning young diamond mounter as it continues the expansion of its business in the south east.
The jewellery retailer, which recently opened its second store in Westerham, Kent, has taken on former Goldsmiths student and Holts award winner Sam Towens.
Flawless founder Robert Bicknell had originally planned to take on two apprentices via the store’s local college in Bromley and its in-house apprenticeship subsidiary, Capital B. But growing demand at the bench led to the idea of adding a second diamond mounter to the team, working alongside Bicknell.
Towens, a Goldsmith’s college graduate with a degree in Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery, had coincidentally got in touch with Flawless, with Bicknell creating a specially tailored internship program fitting with his skills and experience.
Towens has previously won a high commendation award in the 3D Jewellery Design category held by Holts Future Jewel Competition in 2011, as well as a Commended Award from the Goldsmiths Craft Council Awards in 2012 and the Marjo Design Competition in 2010.
He is set to work at the recently-built workshop at Flawless’ Westerham boutique, working with Bicknell for the first few months before taking over to work full-time as the Westerham store’s in-house jeweller.
He will be given the opportunity to create the piece he designed in the Holts Future Jewel Competition as a limited edition piece to be sold in store.
Towens said: "I am so thrilled at the opportunity to physically make the piece I created for the 3D Jewellery Design competition, it will be my dream come true and I am so thankful to Rob for the chance to work for Flawless."