Contest created to promote palladium as precious metal for jewellers.

A competition to promote the use of Palladium by emerging designers has been won by London student Yuki Agriardi Koswara.

The International Palladium Board (IPB) teamed up with Central Saint Martin’s College of Arts and Design to launch the Palladium Jewellery Design Competition, which was open to the college’s students of MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery.


It was established to encourage a new generation of jewellers to consider using palladium in their designs.

The winning piece, entitled Essentia, is described as a neckpiece inspired by the life of a fictional palaeontologist and based on the visual resources she would encounter; symmetry, pattern, light and the shades of her world.

The design was on show at a new jewellery design extension to the London Fashion Week exhibition entitled BFC Rock Vault, which was sponsored by the IPB. The competition was judged by jewellers Stephen Webster and Hannah Martin, and jewellery editor Carol Woolton.

“I’m incredibly excited to have won the Palladium Jewellery Design Competition. I’m very grateful to both the International Palladium Board and Central Saint Martins for giving me the opportunity to produce my design and for the opportunity to show at London Fashion Week,” said Koswara.

Brad Mills, chairman, International Palladium Board commented, “We are inspired by the creativity and innovation presented in the finalists’ work. The students have perfectly interpreted the inherent attributes of palladium in the winning designs.”

The International Palladium Board and Central Saint Martins’ collaboration is part of the Palladium Visions campaign, which will see the International Palladium Board working with some of the world’s most visionary artists, designers and jewellers throughout 2012.