Holts’ Honor Lee, Saimia Hussain & Magaly Trigalet-Dombasi win comp.

Last week at IJL the winners of a joint competition between Brown & Newirth and Holts Academy were unveiled as Honor Lee, Saimia Hussain and Magaly Trigalet-Dombasi.

Bridal and commitment ring manufacturer Brown & Newirth launched a competition earlier this year with Holts Academy, challenging students to create a ring design that took this pivotal year in British history – namely the Queen’s Jubilee and The London2012 Olympics – as its theme.


Students submitted CAD drawings of their ring designs and Honor Lee, Saimia Hussain and Magaly Trigalet-Dombasi were selected as the winners. The winning designs were then manufactured and put on display at IJL.

Lee created a swirling diamond-set twin set called Thorn, while Hussain created an Art Deco-inspired triset with sapphire engagement ring to symbolise Brown & Newirth’s sapphire anniversary – this year it celebrates 45 years in business – and diamond-set wedding and eternity bands, and Trigalet Dombasi created a striking twin set with the lower diamond-set gold ring designed in reference to a crown that has been designed to slot perfectly into a white metal ring inspired by the Olympic rings.

Brown & Newirth sales director John Ball said: “This year, we have begun what we hope is a long-term partnership with Holts Academy. We are entering into an apprenticeship scheme with Holts Academy, working with two of their students at our factory in Hatfield, and we are also sending our own staff to do additional training at Holts, particularly in the field of CAD design.

“We want to invest in the future of British manufacturing and design and we are delighted that Holts Academy is providing training and apprenticeship schemes dedicated to the jewellery industry.”

Brown & Newirth also entered a design by employee Juraj Vyrostek, a three-stone platinum triset, into the Platinum Guild International’s Platinum Trail competition at IJL, which was highly commended by the judges. The design was the first collection for Brown & Newirth from Vyrostek, who has recently been on the advanced Matrix CAD course at Holts Academy.