18 designers in the running for Best Use of Pearls prize.

British pearl jewellery brand Winterson has teamed with the 2014 Central Saint Martin’s BA Jewellery graduates, to create special pearl pieces that will be awarded at a ceremony taking place tonight.

The third-year students that have created pieces using Winterson pearls are Sylvia Zhang, Tresy Liaunardy, Vicky Lew, Yerin Jeon, Ying Lola Lou, Eleonora D’Ottavi, Elizabeth Lee, Emma Duckers, Felicia Swartling, Fortuna Weeks, Gianna Pak Yung Chan, Ioanna Souflia, Jessie Seo, Junko Kurihara, Raven Tuson, Robyn Hole, Ruiyin Lin and Shirley Li.


The students will be praised with the Best Use of Pearls Award, with Winterson joining sponsors including Swarovski, Solange Azagury-Partridge, Theo Fennell and Boodles in their offer of support and gemstones to the BA Jewellery Design students.

Winterson has also run a series of Q&As with the 18 designs students on its blog, who reveal inspirations ranging from architecture and Japanese rope bondage, to Taoism, birds in flight and the depiction of jewellery in famous paintings.

The pieces created will be awarded tonight, having been judged by a panel including Winterson director Andrew Fraser, the CSM BA Jewellery Design programme director Caroline Broadhead, Adorn Insight’s Maia Adams, and British jewellery designer Alice Cicolini, who is a former graduate from CSM and has recently collaborated with Winterson.

Andrew Fraser said of the CSM project: "We have always been inspired by the stunning diversity of colours and shapes that are unique to pearls from all over the world. And it’s very exciting to see that same enthusiasm and excitement reflected in the work of such talented young designers. The prize will be hotly contested this year, without a doubt."

The winners will be revealed at a ceremony tonight, June 19.