Ancient treasures that form part of the world-famous Staffordshire Hoard collection have been used as inspiration by students in Birmingham to create unique contemporary jewellery.
As part of the 125th anniversary celebrations of Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery, Weston Beamor, Thomas Fattorini Ltd and Hockley Mint have teamed up with students to create collections of contemporary jewellery inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard – the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever discovered.
Students at the School of Jewellery were invited to enter their designs into a competition for the chance to have them manufactured. The winners were Natalia Antunivity’s pendant and earring suite, manufactured by Weston Beamor, Mahroz Mirzahekmati who designed a pendant based on the horse and being manufactured by Fattorini’s and Ching-I Chein who has designed a range inspired by the horse and being made by Hockley Mint.
The jewellery is to go on sale at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, with a percentage of all sales going towards funding important research projects into the Staffordshire Hoard, which is on display at the attraction.
Louisa Stott, central buyer at Birmingham Museums Trust, said: “Birmingham has long been famous for its jewellery and we have been keen for some time now to sell more pieces that are produced locally. This collection from Weston Beamor, Fattorini’s and Hockley Mint is a perfect combination of the old and the new and we are optimistic that it will sell well.”
Glen Day, head of business development at Weston Beamor, said: “We are very pleased to be a part of this exciting project. Natalia has real talent and we believe her designs are not only aesthetically pleasing but also have real commercial viability.”