HIGHLY COMMENDED: Pearl Jewellery PJCOTY 2015, Ornella Ianuzzi for The Uprising

Ornella Iannuzzi. The Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council held its annual awards at the Goldsmiths' Hall last night (March 2 2015), with Raw Pearls and International Jewellery London presenting special awards to deserving designers. Raw Pearls looked for an innovative use of pearls among the entries for its Special Award, handing a Gold Award to Xing Zhou for her enamelled pearl necklace, and to Elsa Tierney for her Bubble Blown necklace. IJL presented Ornella Iannuzzi with the top award in its jewellery design category, with Flora Bhattachary and Amy Burton receiving Silver Awards for their Trillion Set Silver Gilt rings and Skyline rings respectively.

This incredible ring is a testament to the creative mind of Ornella Ianuzzi, who was this year named Designer of the Year at the UK Jewellery Awards.

Just days after its unveiling, the ring won two prizes at the annual Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards, picking up the International Jewellery London Precious Jewellery Award and the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Company Award.

The ring takes inspiration from the ocean, and the image of a cresting wave has been realised in this textured 18ct gold band. A strip of diamonds has been set into the side of the ring to symbolise splashes of water, while silvery Arabian pearls rise above the waves.

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While The Uprising is a one-off creation by Ianuzzi, it is part of a collection of jewellery made by designers including Sarah Ho, Tomasz Donocik and Stephen Webster in collaboration with Arabian Pearl Holdings, a pearl farm in the United Arab Emirates. Ho’s Lunar Pearl Arabian pearl earrings were unveiled at IJL and you can expect to see more designs revealed next year.


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