First year student Sarah Narici scoops prize with crystal-set ring.
In its ninth year the competition held for Central Saint Martins’ first year Jewellery Design students in collaboration with Swarovski, has announced its 2011 winner.
This year’s overall winner, Sarah Narici, designed a ring to the outlined brief of "jewellery with set stones for the fashion/fine jewellery market with a focus on the innovative inclusion of Swarovski Elements."
Two runners up, Maprang Vajrodaya and Beatrice Bongiasca, also encorporated the Swarovski crystals into their designs, with Bongiasca awarded ‘Best use of Crystal’.
Judging took place on the March 24 at the Swarovski CRYSTALLIZED™ Lounge, London. Students were divided into three groups earlier this year with each group being assigned one of Swarovski Elements’ recognised trends for A/W 2011, playing to themes of romantic, harmony and glamour.
Judges Nadja Swarovski, vice president of international communications and creative director at Swarovski, and Tomas Donocik, a Swarovski Runway Rocks designer and Central Saint Martins Alumni, reviewed each finished jewellery piece. Prizes were awarded for innovation, best interpretation of theme and best use of crystal.
"Swarovski is delighted to continue this nine year collaboration with Central Saint Martins. We are always excited to see how, through their unique vision, each young designer demonstrates the creative possibility of crystal in jewellery design", said Nadja Swarovski.
Commenting on the varied designs of the first year students, Giles Last, head of jewellery at Central Saint Martins said: "The Swarovski sponsorship is a terrific opportunity for our students to explore and experiment with a wide range of Swarovski products, as well as meeting a variety of influential people from the jewellery industry."