Professional Jeweller’s Treasure competition is back for its second year and we can now reveal the shortlist of 10 contemporary jewellery designers who will battle it out online to win one of three stands at London Jewellery Week selling show Treasure. The shortlist has been selected by a panel of industry experts, but who wins is up to you.
Just over a year ago, Professional Jeweller launched a special competition with Treasure, the trade and consumer-facing jewellery show held during London Jewellery Week (LJW). Last year’s contest generated more than 200,000 online votes in a competition that went well and truly viral. This year, we’re expecting the competition to be even bigger, and following a call for entries in the new year we have received over three times as many entries than in 2010.
Following the closing date in March, Professional Jeweller assembled a glittering selection of judges to help whittle the long list down to 10 finalists, ahead of the public vote. The judges were London retailer Kabiri owner Nathalie Kabiri, Northampton retail boss Steff Suter of Steffans, Company of Master Jewellers executive and Country & Town House jewellery editor Sarah Carpin, retailer and jewellery brand master Johnny Rocket, Jutta Pfannkuch of City retailer Little 15 Jewellery, Adorn London editor Juliet Hutton-Squire, last year’s Treasure competition winner Zelia Horsley, London Jewellery Week managing director Della Tinsley, Professional Jeweller editor-in-chief Rachael Taylor and Professional Jeweller assistant editor Kathryn Bishop.
Now we can reveal the judges’ 10 finalists, who will now face a vote online at Professionaljeweller.com that will decide which three will host their own stand during the five-day show at LJW absolutely free of charge. Each of the finalists exudes talent and the shortlist features a variety of styles from 16th century French fairytales to the souks of the Middle East, and a variety of techniques including photo etching and wax casting.
The top three will be entirely chosen by you, so take a good look at the gallery of their designs by clicking here and vote for the designer you want to win a stand in our poll here. The three designers who receive the highest number of votes will win a free stand at Treasure – the perfect chance for any aspiring designer to raise their profile, meet potential retail buyers and experience selling directly to consumers. Let the Treasure hunt begin.
The finalists: 2011
Born in Moscow, Russia, in 1986 Elizaveta Gnatchenko has grown up surrounded by masterpieces of classical and Soviet art. Gnatchenko moved to London in 2006 to study jewellery design at Central Saint Martins and has since collaborated with Swarovski, Links of London and Cool Diamonds. In 2010 Elizaveta won the New Designers Associate Jewellery Prize and later scooped a prize to design for Tateossian’s 20th anniversary collection.
Emily Margaret Hill
Emily Margaret Hill creates hand-crafted contemporary jewellery, inspired by the Victorian fascination with museums and collecting, from her base in a little hay-loft workshop. Hill graduated in 2009 and has already been a finalist in London jewellery retailer EC One’s Unsigned competition. Hill describes her jewellery as having sentimentality with photo-etched details such as maps of important or special locations that mean something to the wearer and her lockets encapsulate secrets or little treasures.
Having worked in fashion for several years, Laura Gravestock embarked on studying jewellery design at London’s City Lit and now works from a studio at Cockpit Arts in Holborn, London, creating silver and 18ct gold jewellery. Gravestock’s work is inspired by memories of light playing on the intricate latticework that surrounded her, growing up amongst the diverse architecture and cultures of the Middle East and rural Spain. Each piece is designed to echo the opulence of jewellery from decadent times gone by, and Gravestock aims to design classic, timeless pieces with a contemporary edge, intended to be cherished for years to come.
Award-winning emerging designer Mabel Hasell draws her inspiration from the colours and cuts of gemstones. Her jewellery puts a modern twist on stone setting through creating designs in wax and, through a process called lost wax casting, sees her randomly-set gemstones move and cluster together in the molten metal, creating jagged but striking designs. Hasell has been awarded several prizes, including the Best Emerging Jewellery Designer e-Creative 2010/11 Award, and the Goldsmiths’ Company Precious Metal Bursary Award.
Momocreatura was founded by Momoko Tamura who studied fine arts and trained in jewellery making in Japan. In 2009, Tamura graduated from MA Jewellery at Central Saint Martins and has since worked creating jewellery designs for Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and Cath Kidston. Momocreatura jewellery has already been exhibited at Sotheby’s and Selfridges as part of the installation Museum of Small Things, along with work by artist Grayson Perry and jewellery designer Shaun Leane. Momocreatura’s jewellery is inspired by fairytale, with an air of Victorian horror.
Natalia Schroder studied at the Sir John Cass Department of Art and Design at London Metropolitan University, and aims to offer a unique, untamed, collection of jewellery inspired by body adornment that includes full-body jewellery. She specialises in CAD/CAM design and works exclusively with precious metals with a particular focus on pearls.
Jewellery by Priya
Jewellery by Priya’s designer Priya takes inspiration from various aspects of her life; whether her cultural background or her interests in fashion and travel. Jewellery by Priya has been designed as a modern version of traditional Asian jewellery. Her collections have been inspired by Art Deco and Mughal architecture, and pieces in her recent Blue Lotus collection have been created to reflect the three dimensional lines of these structures. Priya makes her jewellery in silver and 18ct gold, some set with precious stones.
Ros Millar grew up in Bangor, Northern Ireland and studied for a Foundation Degree in Art and Design at Ulster University in Belfast. There Millar developed her skills, moving to Sheffield to study a degree in Metalwork and Jewellery. Since graduating in 2009 she has relocated to London where she is working to expand her current collection. Millar’s work comprises a range of jewellery focussing mainly on rings and large neckpieces. In her exploration of materials and colours she uses processes such as cuttlebone casting and photo-etching. Her collection is to be enjoyed on and off the body allowing the wearer to develop an appreciation of the subtle complexities inherent within her work.
Describing herself as a magpie at heart, Susie Warner trained at the Sir John Cass department of London Metropolitan University, creating contemporary jewellery in silver and 22ct gold vermeil. Her designs incorporate vintage patterns that are often reworked, renewed and embellished with precious and semi-precious stones, giving once discarded treasures a new lease of life. Warner produces four collections a year, in addition to regularly collaborating with very well known names within the fashion industry.
Trisori, the Sicilian word for treasure, was founded in 2009 by an Italian designer duo who now live and work in London. Each piece of Trisori jewellery is described as a small treasure, individually handmade and often featuring gemstones such as tourmalines, iolites, chalcedony and onyx to add colourful elements. Taking inspiration from Venetian villas and the baroque architecture of Sicily, Trisori says they design jewellery to not only catch the eye, but also to make the wearer feel fantastic and joyful.