Designers scoop Platinum Trail accolades at IJL.
James Newman and Sarah Jordon were awarded by the Platinum Guild International (PGI) at an evening reception last night for a show of excellence at trade show IJL.
As part of the PGI Platinum Trail at IJL, the two jewellery designers were in the running to win awards for the best platinum jewellery display at the show and for the best platinum bridal tri-set, judged by a panel of retailers and journalists.
James Newman was awarded the prize for the best platinum bridal tri-set, with judges singling out the Birmingham designer due to impressive design innovation and for successfully creating a feeling of unity throughout the engagement ring, female wedding band and male wedding band set.
Professional Jeweller editor Rachael Taylor, who was one of the judges of the competition, said: “James stood out for me in the competition; his designs were modern and fresh yet entirely commercial. He successfully manages to lower the price points of his rings by hollowing out the inside of the shank, but instead of this being a cost-cutting measure to be hidden away, he makes it a beautiful design feature.”
Sarah Jordon picked up the prize for the best platinum jewellery display. The designer, whose work is known for its fluid shapes, used a similar display to that used for her silver jewellery but changed the colour of the display materials to better suit the brilliance of platinum.
Taylor said: “Sarah clearly thought about how best to set the stage for her platinum designs, and by altering the colour of the material used to showcase her work the luminance of the metal was brought to the fore.”