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Theo Fennell tasks emerging stars with design project inspired by classic songs 

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As part of the firm’s Gilded Youth programme and commitment to supporting British jewellery talent of the future, Theo Fennell set a ring design contest for students from the Royal College of Art.

Students were briefed to create a comfortable and wearable ring in any material that celebrates the title of a favourite classic song using only one stone supplied by Theo Fennell. This included a mint green tourmaline, a pink sapphire or a mandarin garnet.

Three winners were chosen from the entries received – one for each stone: Yee Tsang Lee with a design for the mint green tourmaline, Adrian Ward for the pink sapphire and Bronte Schwier for the mandarin garnet.

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The winners will now refine their pieces, during a series of design meetings with Theo Fennell, before they are brought into being by his team of craftspeople.

Clockwise from left to right: Adrian Ward’s pink sapphire ‘Groove is the heart’ inspired ring; Bronte Schwier, mandarin garnet ‘Tangle Up in Blue’ inspired ring; Olivia Yee’s mint green tourmaline ‘Vogue’ inspired ring.

Yee Tsang Lee’s ring celebrates the Madonna anthem, ‘Vogue’, drawing inspiration from the iconic Voguing poses in the track’s music video. Its angular design sets the mint green tourmaline affront detachable gold pendants that can be removed and worn on a separate bracelet or necklace.

Adrian Ward’s design takes inspiration from Band Dee-Lite’s 1990 hit, ‘Groove Is In The Heart’. His ring will set a pink sapphire amongst interweaving platinum & 18ct yellow gold, utilising a technique of casting two different metals into a single piece.

Lastly, Bronte Schwier’s ring honours the Bob Dylan song ‘Tangled Up In Blue’, featuring a vibrant mandarin garnet held in a prussian blue enamel mount. She will use a unique 3d printing and casting technique to create its 18ct white gold bezel.

The final pieces will be on show during an exclusive exhibition at the Theo Fennell Gallery in September 2019.

The Stone Design Project was first launched in 2014 as part of Theo Fennell’s close relationship with the RCA and mission to support and nurture the future stars of the jewellery industry. The project offers students a retail and communications platform, promoting their talent and preparing them for a future in the industry.

“We try to inspired the jewellery stars of tomorrow and provide them with some advice, tools and the exposure they need to succeed. Our work with The Royal College of Art is fundamental to our desire to pass on the legacy of beautifully designed, hand-crafted jewellery to the next generations,” explains Theo Fennell.

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