Jessica Mead, a design assistant at Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery in Cambridge, has won the British Jewellers’ Association ‘I Do’ Fairtrade Gold ring design competition.
The competition, which was launched in April by the BJA, The Fairtrade Foundation, Hockley Mint and Clark Diamonds, aims to increase the use of Fairtrade gold by encouraging designers to use it.
The competition invited UK designers to create a matching wedding and engagement ring set featuring a 50pt round brilliant-cut lab certified, ethically-sourced diamond and up ½ a carat of small stones, all of which abide by the Kimberley Process regulations. The small stones could be split and used in any way the designer saw fit.
Ms Mead’s winning entry features a knot detail to the setting and shank of the ring, symbolising the love between two people intertwining and becoming one.
“I entered the competition as I have a real passion for Fairtrade Gold and traceability, something that all of us at Harriet Kelsall Jewellery feel very passionate about. I feel so privileged to have won this competition. The modern bride is socially and environmentally aware, and cares about sourcing Fairtrade products, taking pride and enjoyment from caring and helping others.”
Birmingham manufacturer Hockley Mint is turning the winning drawing into a CAD design from which it will create a set of two bridal rings using Fairtrade gold and diamonds from Clark Diamonds.
“It’s great to see young designers entering competitions, and we are very pleased to make these rings by transforming Jessica’s unique hand-drawn design into CAD, and casting them in 18ct Fairtrade Gold; a service Birmingham manufacturing jeweller Hockley Mint provides for designer-makers,” said Gary Wroe, managing director for Hockley Mint.
The final ring will be revealed at the BJA’s stand at jewellery trade show International Jewellery London in September, as part of its 60th Diamond Anniversary celebrations.