Scholarship gives pair week-long diamond course at London school.
Up-and-coming jewellers Katie Jamieson and Stasia Tereszczuk have won scholarships to attend The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A).
The Gem-A picked the designers from the list of entrants to the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards 2013.
Tereszczuk and Jamieson will now have the opportunity to study at Gem-A in Hatton Garden, London, for free and will undertake the school’s one-week Diamond Practical Course.
Jamieson said: “It’s a lovely surprise and a great honour to be selected and acknowledged by such an experienced and reputable panel of judges. I am in the process of setting up my business and will be launching my brand with two exciting new stockists, EC One and Wolf & Badger, in the next few months, hopefully followed by many more in 2013 — so this scholarship will only give me further incentive.”
Tereszczuk, who created a one-off piece exploiting the optical properties of andalusite for the awards, likewise spoke of her delight. She said: "I have nothing but respect for the integrity of the Gemmological Association and hold its qualifications in very high regard, as do a lot of the trades people with whom I deal. It was such a privilege to be invited to the prestigious ceremony at the Goldsmiths’ Hall. I was very proud and a little overwhelmed to collect my award from [Gem-A chief executive] James Riley. I am very grateful to Gem-A for the award and very much look forward to taking the course.”
Riley praised the designers for the originality of their work and use of gemstones, and said he believes the course at Gem-A will help to sharpen the pair’s diamond skills and positively influence future designs.
He added: "There was a very good selection of designs to choose from and it was not an easy choice. Both winners demonstrated something different and out of the ordinary which caught the judges’ eyes.”