IJL awards Stan Somerford for Hummingbird ring

The ring is pave-set with diamonds, multicoloured sapphires and rubies.

Prize awarded at the annual Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards.

Manufacturer Stan Somerford has been presented the IJL Special Award in Fine Jewellery at last week’s Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards for a sapphire, diamond and ruby set Hummingbird ring.

Somerford, who worked on behalf of jewellery retailer George Pragnell in Stratford-Upon-Avon, made the ring using 18ct white and rose gold. It is pavé-set with diamonds, multicoloured sapphires and rubies, picking out the colours of the hummingbird and flower detail.

The piece was chosen as the winner by a high profile judging panel, who saw it as reminiscent of the quality jewellery seen at the annual UK jewellery trade show IJL.

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The annual awards ceremony took place last week at the iconic Goldsmiths’ Hall in London. Somerford’s award was presented to him by IJL event director Sam Willoughby.

The awards are organised by the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council with the aim of recognising the best craftsmanship in the jewellery industry. Sam Willoughby is herself a member of the council, alongside other respected designers and industry figures including British designer Stephen Webster, who attended this year’s awards, and won his first award in the competition in 1977.

Willoughby commented: "The judging panel thought the piece was outstanding. At IJL, we really believe in supporting and nurturing talent, and the winning piece will be showcased at the show this September, alongside the work of some of the other award winners. The Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship and Design awards have a real heritage, as does the IJL show, and it’s fantastic that we can work together to identify exciting."

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