Jewellery brand Alighieri has said that the quality of submissions at its design competition for British Academy of Jewellery (BAJ) was “so high” that it was forced to choose four winners instead of just one.

The competition challenged BAJ students to design jewellery inspired by the opening lines of Dante Alighieri’s epic poem, The Divine Comedy.

“Ultimately,” wrote the BAJ in a statement, “the quality of submissions was so high that it was impossible to choose just one design, Alighieri said. Four students have therefore been selected as the competition’s winners.”


The winners of the BAJ X Alghieri competition are Dorottya Feher, Petra Otenšlégrová, Linnea Thuning and Emma Withington.

Students on the jewellery design and manufacturing course at BAJ were encouraged to interpret the brief as creatively as possible.

The BAJ brief said that students could draw on the difficult and surreal political, health and environmental challenges currently facing the world, or another more personal experience.

Judging was carried out by a panel led by Alighieri founder Rosh Mahtani.