Lucy Whitehouse wins Weston Beamor design contest

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Birmingham School of Jewellery student scooped top prize at J&WB.

Birmingham School of Jewellery student Lucy Whitehouse was named the winner of Weston Beamor’s annual student design competition during a champagne reception at Jewellery & Watch Birminigham.

This year’s competition brief was to design a solitaire engagement ring with a matching wedding band in platinum or 18ct gold to include a 1ct diamond and embellished with smaller, precious stones.

Whitehouse was praised for her Art Nouveau-inspired piece and was presented with the top prize by Andrew Morton, managing director of Weston Beamor. She is currently a second year student on the university’s Higher National Diploma in Jewellery and Silversmithing.

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Whitehouse was chosen from four shortlisted students who all impressed with their CAD skills “and their ability to deliver to the brief they were set in just six weeks,” according to Morton.

21-year-old Whitehouse will now take on work experience at Weston Beamor as part of her prize.

Acting HND course director at Birmingham School of Jewellery, Jo Pond, added: “Weston Beamor’s support has been invaluable, enabling our students to see behind the scenes of the company and to develop a greater understanding of the new product development process. This project provides a live design opportunity, with the company’s design team giving a valuable critique of the submissions and showcasing the winning outcomes at the NEC.”

The other three finalists include Suzannah Key, Aaron Cumbers and Milena Vizuete-Courtes.

In addition to the work experience at Weston Beamor, Whitehouse will also receive a £500 cash prize with £250 for the student placed second and £100 each for those placed third.

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