F. Hinds unveil High Street By Design winners


Five winners selected in the bigger and bolder international contest.

Jewellers F. Hinds and International Jewellery London (IJL) have announced the five winners of the High Street By Design competition, which attracted entries from Hong Kong, Ukraine, Japan and India.

The competition was open to entries from established jewellery designers and members of the public, and all five winners will now have the opportunity to design a limited edition collection to be sold in F. Hinds stores.

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This year, the ‘Jewellery Lover’ categories – open to members of the public – was open to three age groups; up to 12 years, 12 to 18 and over 18. Ella Miles, aged 10 from Paignton in Devon, won in the youngest category with her Seahorse pendant, while Noi McMillan from Girvan in Scotland impressed with her Butterflies pendant and bracelet in the 12 to 18 group.

For over-18s Ukranian-born Marina Shavyrina-Shkolyar won with her Pearl’s Caress ring.

The winner of the Student Jewellery Designer category was Shah Yesha Samirbhai from Ahmedabad, who’s currently studying at the National Institute of Jewellery Design and Technology in India, who impressed with her Enfolding The Pearl pendant.

Finally, in the established Current Jewellery Designer Category, Winne Lestari, from Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, wowed with her Heart of Neptune pendant.

The judging panel included F. Hinds’ director Andrew Hinds, jewellery designers Sarah Jordan and Bob Morrish, IJL marketing manager Sarah Kitley-Spencer, F. Hinds’ gold buyer Karen Rühr and a consumer representative.

Six further entries from all five categories were highly commended and will be sent certificates and a small gift.

Director Andrew Hinds commented: “We are delighted that our winners literally come from north, south, east and west. The vigour of jewellery design is amply illustrated by the number of competition entries we received and the quality of the winners’ pieces. The next stage is to translate these sketch book designs into the finished items”.

Last year’s winners included Middlesex student Vaishali Shah, while gradaute jewellers Gina Melosi, Nichola Mitches and Eva Reiser were named winners of the F. Hinds competition in partnership with Holts Academy.

All five jewellery pieces will be available to view at International Jewellery London to be held at Olympia’s Grand Exhibition Centre, London (August 31 to September 2 2014).


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