Birmingham casting house and 3D printing specialist Weston Beamor has unveiled the winner of its annual design competition in conjunction with the School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University.
Stephanie Holt, a mature student studying for an HND in Jewellery and Silversmithing at the School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University, was declared the winner of the competition with her elegant and unusual design for a matching wedding ring and engagement ring set.
Holt will receive a cash prize of £500 and a week’s work experience with the company.
The judges said Holt’s design entitled ‘ONE’ has a strong, minimalist and highly contemporary feel and physically joins together the wedding ring and an engagement ring in an unusual and highly distinctive way whilst still allowing for the two pieces to be worn separately.
Jewellery design is a complete career change for winner Holt. A linguist, who speaks both French and Spanish, she initially worked for the World Rally Championship and travelled widely before becoming a teacher. “Despite doing other jobs I was always making and designing things in my spare time and I am absolutely loving having the chance to do it full time,” Holt beams.
Speaking during the prize-winning ceremony, which took place on Weston Beamor’s stand at The Jewellery & Watch Show Birmingham, BCU course tutor Jo Pond commented: “Stephanie employed simple modernist forms and engaged in a thorough design process to achieve her unique, pure and balanced award-winning ring set. She is a worthy winner.”
Presenting the students with their prizes, Andrew Morton, managing director of WB The Creative Jewellery Group said that the competition, which is now in its 11th year, has become harder and harder to judge. He explained: “All the designs entered were of a high standard and the winning pieces are very commercial and would not look out of place in any retailer’s window. All those who entered, not simply the winners, are to be congratulated they have real talent and are the future of our industry.”