Creative director presented City of London award for 25-year career.
Astley Clarke creative director Lorna Watson has been awarded Freedom of the City of London at a ceremony at the Guildhall.
The award follows Watson becoming a Freeman to the Mystery of Goldsmiths at Goldsmiths Hall in July 2010. She has worked as creative director of jewellery retailer and brand Astley Clarke for almost four years, where she been instrumental in establishing the company as one of the UK’s leading online and offline brands.
Watson manages a team of jewellery designers who are based in Astley Clarke’s London design studio and is also responsible for the development of Astley Clarke’s fine and contemporary jewellery collections.
Watson’s career to-date in the jewellery industry has spanned 25 years, with time spent working as a designer and consult for the likes of Faberge, De Beers, Links of London, Christian Dior, and Burberry, among others.
Watson took part in the Freedom Ceremony in the Chamberlains Court, Guildhall, on June 21 and was conducted by the Clerk of the Court. As part of the ceremony she was presented with a certificate of the Freedom and a book on the Rules for the Conduct of Life, a tradition that dates back to the mid-18th century.