The British Association of Jewellers (BAJ) has revealed the winners of its Pins of Praise design competition in aid of the NHS.
Open to both BAJ students and the general public, the competition challenged participants to use their CAD skills to design a brooch pin that will be sold to raise money for NHS Charities Together, a membership organisation representing and supporting over 250 NHS charities.
Designs were judged by a panel of professional jewellers and NHS workers, who together selected one winner from the external entries and three from the BAJ community.
The winning external design came from Elisabeth Barton, while Caitlin Rawe, Jacqueline Chisholm and Kristina Lindsay were selected as the student winners.
Barton’s winning design, which features two hands holding each other in the outline of a heart, was inspired by the experiences of members of her own family working on the frontline of the NHS during the pandemic.
“After talking to my NHS family members about how they felt working through this time, the main words that they used were ‘unity’, ‘community’ and ‘togetherness’,” explained the designer. “I felt the holding of hands was the best way to symbolise these words. Putting them in an outline of a heart shows the love and pride that we have for the NHS in the UK.”
Commenting on the inclusion of CAD and 3D design in the competition, Barton added: “Although this new technology is widely used within the trade they don’t necessarily get recognised as a discipline within their own right.”
The BAJ thanked everyone involved for their “imaginative” and “high-quality” designs.