Retailer’s Platinum Heritage Designers win prizes for daring jewels.
A number of jewellery designers linked to London retailer and emerging jewellery wholesaler PureJewels have scooped three of the five awards in the Emerging category of the Lonmin sponsored Design Innovation Awards.
The winning designs have combined platinum with unusual combinations of materials and include Sarah Ho and Anthony Roussel, who both designed couture pieces for PureJewels’ Platinum Heritage Collection this year.
PureJewels’ head designer Laura Strand also won in the Emerging category, which recognises up-and-coming talent and received 40 applications.
A fourth award in the Emerging category was won by Anna Loucah for her dreaming swan ring. Loucah was one of PureJewels’ Platinum Heritage Collection designers in 2010.
This year’s winning Lonmin designs included Sarah Ho’s earrings in platinum with pink sapphires, inspired by the lotus flower, and Anthony Roussel’s bangle which is a daring combination of wood, platinum and diamonds.
Laura Strand’s winning platinum pendant is set with black diamonds and a green indicolite tourmaline. The design was inspired by antique timepieces and optical illusions.
The Lonmin Design Innovation Awards ceremony took place at the Saatchi Gallery earlier this month.
PureJewels’ brand manager Jayant Raniga said: “These awards represent the first public recognition of the quality of design talent associated with PureJewels.
“We are being recognised for our ability to pick winners. People will look to us for our ability to pick future design leaders,” he added.