First place awarded for trilogy-style yellow and rose gold ring.
Weston Beamor has announced the winners of its annual student design competition, awarding three jewellery students from Birmingham City University (BCU).
The winners were named at a prize-giving at The Jewellery Show, marking the 11th year of the competition run by Weston Beamor. The company’s managing director Andrew Morton in attendance to present the awards, after the shortlist was drawn up earlier this year.
The winning design was created by Roxanne Moznabi, a BCU student and former jewellery apprentice. She scooped first place with her contemporary trilogy ring design in 18ct yellow and red gold.
Morton said of the piece: “This was an outstanding year and we had difficult decisions to make. In past years any one of the three finalists could have won, however Roxanne’s design really captured all our imaginations.”
Moznabi’s design was inspired by the three meanings of the Zoroastrianism religion – good thoughts, good words and good deeds. The design also pays reference to Persian culture – her initial design exploration.
The Second place prize went to Claudia Nobel for a platinum and pearl design, while Joanna Gordon’s came third with an unusual ruthenium plated ring. The three winners, all of whom are in their second year of study in an HND Jewellery and Silversmithing Course, win respectively £500, £250 and £100 respectively, plus a week of work experience at Weston Beamor.
Before her studies Moznabi has completed a three and half years as a jewellery apprenticeship at Timothy Roe Jewellers in her home town of Chichester. She said of her win: “When I was working I did a lot of repair work and commissions but I suddenly realised I really wanted to make my own designs and if all goes well I would like to have my own business. Hopefully winning this competition will help me realise my ambition."
Prototypes of all three short-listed designs were produced by the Weston Beamor’s CAD and new product development team and were on display on the company’s stand at The Jewellery Show last week.