From frogs, squid and watermelons to young brand Polar Jewelry, this year’s Designer-Maker category spans a plethora of motifs from across the natural world.
View the winner and highly commended in the Professional Jeweller Collections of the Year 2021 Designer-Maker category below:
Natalie Perry Jewellery – Entwined
The winner of this year’s Designer-Maker category is an alternative line of fine bridal and engagement rings and unisex wedding bands.
Natalie Perry Jewellery’s Entwined collection is handcrafted through a process of wax carving. It features distinctive organic twisted bands and intricate flower-set gemstones made from 100% recycled gold.
Each engagement ring in the range is one-of-a-kind, the brand claims, due to the unique and responsibly sourced diamonds used in each and every piece.
The ethical designer-maker plans to expand the collection, offering different colourways for each style as well as different metal options for customers.
The London-based Perry, who works out of the capital’s Goldsmiths’ Centre and brings experience of working in India, believes the collection has been such a hit with customers because it is offers a new take on more traditional bridal jewellery styles.
Kiss the Frog – Classics
Created by esteemed illustrator and designer Michail Kasapis and senior maker Myrto Gleni, all of Kiss the Frog’s jewellery is handmade and finished in the brand’s Athens workshop by a small team of makers.
This month marking its 17th anniversary as a business, the company specialises in motif-based jewellery, celebrating everything from fish and squid to flowers and bikes in its jewellery. Its Classics include all the brand’s best-selling pieces.
Polar Jewelry – Herieth Paul x Polar Jewelry
Copenhagen-based Polar Jewelry, founded in 2017, this year partnered with Tanzanian model Herieth Paul.
Sales of the collection of gold or silver pearl earrings and a necklace sees 15% of all profits go to Canadian NGO St Mary’s Home (or Maison Sainte-Marie), a charity for young pregnant women and young mothers and their children. The pieces are delicate yet bold and made to be wearable in any setting.
Genevieve Schwartz – Watermelon Sugar
The independent designer based in London released her Watermelon Sugar collection in January of this year, which also happens to be when her business debuted, and it has proven her most popular release since day one.
The collection is so named because of the resemblance the pieces bear to watermelon-flavoured sweets. She believes its enduring success is due to the unusual bi-colour stones and how well these are depicted in photography.
Find out the winners and highly commended collections in all other nine categories here.