University of Dundee jewellery and metal design student Angela Gillies has been presented with the 2017 Ingle & Rhode Fairtrade Gold Design Award.
Gillies’ award-winning piece Nestled, made in Fairtrade 18ct white gold and set with a 0.5ct round brilliant cut Canadian diamond, was cast and taken to the London Assay Office to be hallmarked and stamped with the Fairtrade mark last week.
Gillies’ ring is designed to allow a wedding ring to tuck in underneath the feather so two rings will sit with each other.
The finished piece will be loaned to Gillies to exhibit at her end of year show and New Designers exhibition, before it is auctioned by Ingle & Rhode to raise money for the Fairtrade Foundation.
Following the announcement of Gillies’ award, Tim Ingle, co-founder of Ingle & Rhode who created the Fairtrade Gold Design Awards, commented: “Thank you to Angela for coming up with such a beautiful and original design. Thanks also to Adam at the Assay office for doing such a fine job with the hallmarking. These awards were set out to raise awareness of Fairtrade gold amongst jewellery students, apprentices and those early in their jewellery careers, and I feel we have achieved that.”
Gillies has been presented with £500 and an work experience placement with Ingle & Rhode. Gillies commented: “Winning the Fairtrade Gold Design Awards means so much to me and my career. The whole journey has been an incredible experience and I want to thank Ingle & Rhode as well as the judges for this opportunity – I can’t wait to exhibit it.”