Category: VISUAL IMPACT
Criteria: A show stopping piece or collection that photographs well
Winner: Fei Liu – Bespoke Necklace
Fei Liu cleverly combines his client’s vision with his expertise to create his masterpiece bespoke designs. With his studio of highly skilled craftsmen, Fei created this stunning necklace featuring 45 varying sized of spherical green tourmaline beads, with a combined weight of 509 carats; as well as 84g of 18ct white gold, 17.7 carats of diamonds and 19.6 carats of garnets. The feather centrepiece can also be detached from the beaded neckpiece and worn as a large dramatic brooch.
Fei Liu commented: “It’s an honour to win the award for Visual Impact; I am deeply humbled. I’m very fortunate to do what I love and I will always push myself as a designer to innovate.”
Claire Adler added: “Fei Liu’s bespoke necklace is all about a decidedly grown-up approach to glamorous dressing – a rarefied piece to wear and adore.”
Stars of Flora’s Lubhati collection, the Jyamiti Rings, evoke the rich colour and pattern of India to bold effect. The luxurious collection combines vibrant lapidary from the UK with innovative CAD technology. The designs were developed from exploring how Islamic pattern could work in 3D. The Zig Zag ring uses deep hand carved amethyst combined with 18 carat gold and the mysterious lustre of a single black peacock pearl. The Floral ring sparkles with a detailed rock crystal carving, combined with a brilliant cut diamond. Flora creates dramatic jewellery for women with attitude.
Flora said: “I’m delighted to have been selected for an Editor’s Choice Award – especially as this is my first time at IJL. Showing on the KickStart stand will be even more exciting with the Visual Impact Award behind me. It’s great that an international trade audience will get to see my Jyamiti rings alongside some new work. Now I’m really looking forward to the opportunities that IJL will bring!”
Claire Adler added: “Flora Bhattachary’s delectable Jyamiti rings are beautifully finished and look especially gorgeous when several are worn together.”