This year’s list of hopefuls prepare to face the public vote.
Professional Jeweller’s competition to win a stand at London Jewellery Week selling show Treasure is back for a third 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 the show.
The shortlist has been selected by a panel of industry experts, but the final three winners will be decided by readers of professionaljeweller.com when the shortlist of 10 designers is put to the public vote.
Last year the online voting created a viral frenzy, with the final tally of votes reaching more than 21,000. The three winners of the competition to win space at the 2011 show were Laura Gravestock, Trisori and Natalia Schroder.
For the 2012 prize the competition has grown again, with nearly a third more entries to the competition than the previous competition. The quality of entries was impressive and created a tough job for the judging panel: Professional Jeweller editor-in-chief Rachael Taylor, Professional Jeweller assistant editor Kathryn Bishop, London Jewellery Week managing director Della Tinsley, The Jewellery Show event director Julie Driscoll, CMJ Media director and Country & Town House jewellery editor Sarah Carpin, Pebbles co-owner Val Trotter, Boticca co-founder Kiyan Foroughi, Charles Fish buying director Samantha Hansard, Pearl & Queenie owner Kathy Dyton and, one of last year’s winners, jewellery designer Laura Gravestock.
Now we can reveal the judges’ 10 finalists. Each of the finalists exudes talent and the shortlist features a variety of styles from refreshing contemporary fine designs to fashion-forward, chunky druzy quartz, and a wide range of inspirations that include matchsticks, horology, divorce and blacksmiths.
The Professional Jeweller Treasure competition finalists 2012