Gina Melosi, Nichola Mitches and Eva Reiser’s designs now in stores.
Emerging jewellery talents Gina Melosi, Nichola Mitches and Eva Reiser have been named winners of the F. Hinds and Holts Academy design competition.
The three designers have each created an exclusive collection for F. Hinds, which will be showcased as part of a travelling store road show later this year. The collections have already launched at F. Hinds locations across the UK and online via its website.
The competition was launched by F. Hinds and Holts Academy of Jewellery earlier this year to encourage the Academy’s students to create a suite of jewellery with a commercial edge suited to the F. Hinds’ customer base.
A total of 13 students entered the competition and each was offered feedback, assistance and support to meet all the demands associated with bringing their pieces to life. The winning collections are already available through the F. Hinds website. The collections will also feature in the retailer’s Christmas catalogue and will be available until the end of December 2013.
F. Hinds director Andrew Hinds said: "With this competition we were keen to give the next generation of talented British jewellery designers an opportunity to reach a wider high street audience, the route to which can seem something of an obstacle course.
"We’re really excited as we think these three craftswomen will become the names of jewellery design of the future, plus it gives our customers an opportunity to own their own piece of exclusive, original designer jewellery”.
Gina Melosi‘s winning Apocalypsis Collection is crafted in silver and is inspired by the phoenix as a symbol of rebirth, with blue topaz to accent the designs.
Eva Reiser’s Coral Reef Collection takes underwater reefs and starfish as its inspiration with an antiqued finish given to the silver range.
Nicola Mitches’ Garden Party Collection pays homage to British flowers with designs based on daisies and chrysanthemums in sterling silver, with gold-plated elements and amethyst and blue topaz gems.
Holts Academy director Lee Lucas said of the competition: “Holts Academy is extremely proud that three of its graduate students have been selected as future stars. It is wonderful for our graduates to start their careers with such a prestigious endorsement."