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Laura Strand wins silver at Goldsmiths' Craftsmanship and Design Awards

Laura Strand, head designer at retailer PureJewels, received a silver award in the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship and Design Awards, last week.

Strand, who is head designer for East London retailer PureJewels, received the silver award for her innovative use of coloured gemstones at the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship and Design Awards.

The category was sponsored by gemstone specialist Marcia Lanyon and Strand’s design was praised for its contemporary style, use of precious materials and the innovative use of coloured gem stones.

Strand said: “I am very delighted that my design has been recognised in such a prestigious event hosted by the Goldsmiths’ Company.”

The piece of jewellery designed by Strand was inspired by the Indian elephant and the vibrant colours of India, which was expressed in her exotic use of gemstones.

The winning piece is part of a wider collection that will be launched by PureJewels later this year.

The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council, which was founded in 1908, aims to encourage, stimulate and promote the pursuit of excellence in craftsmanship and design.

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