Student shortlist shines in Weston Beamor prize

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School of Jewellery entrants create designs incorporating gemstones.

Citrine, amethyst and topaz adorn jewellery designs by three students from the School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University who have made the shortlist for Weston Beamor’s annual jewellery design competition.

Natalia Antunovity, Faith Pope and Zi Ye, all second year students studying the school’s HND in Jewellery and Silversmithing, were asked to design a piece of jewellery using the GemVision Matrix CAD software. Their designs had to feature a choice of three gemstones – either a 4.55ct citrine, a 7.8ct amethyst or a 9.52ct topaz. The students were also asked to produce a consumer-facing advertisement that could be used to market their designs.

The three designs are set to go on display at Weston Beamor’s stand at Jewellery & Watch Birmingham.

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Antunovity’s Intimacy earrings are designed in 18ct yellow gold with citrines, while Zi Ye’s Fatal Attraction cocktail ring uses an amethyst, surrounded by green tsavorite garnets. Faith Pope’s A Stitch in Time pendant is also designed in 18ct yellow gold with a sewing kit theme, with 1940s-style marketing and utilitarian purpose. Pope’s citrine pendant incorporates a bobbin of cotton while a small tube, which attaches to the fastening of the chain and hangs down the wearer’s back, provides a home for needles.

Weston Beamor’s head of business development Glen Day said: “We were knocked out by the creativity of the entries and the high level of technical excellence the students achieved. Each design has something special.

"Natalia made excellent eye-catching use of the stones and her designs would sit well in any jewellers’ window. Sophie, provided us with a high-quality CAD render of a complex design and made imaginative use of the stones, while Faith’s sewing kit idea is very much in vogue and demonstrated real attention to detail."

The winning student’s name will be announced on Weston Beamor’s Stand at Jewellery & Watch Birmingham at 2pm on Tuesday February 4. 

The winner will receive a £500 cash prize. The person in second place will receive £200 and the third prize will be £100. All are invited to have a week of work experience with Weston Beamor.

Speaking about the competition Gaynor Andrews, course tutor and deputy head of the School of Jewellery said: “This competition offers our students an invaluable opportunity to understand the workings of a commercial jewellery company. They are invited to visit Weston Beamor’s premises prior to starting their design and to see for themselves exactly how designs are translated into finished pieces of jewellery. The work experience for the three winners is the most fantastic opportunity and one that will undoubtedly help them to pursue a successful career in the industry.”
 

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