Manufacturer Weston Beamor officially announced Ruth Hallows as the winner of its annual design competition on its stand this afternoon (February 7) at the Jewellery & Watch trade event.
Hallows won first prize with her Celestial ring made from platinum and yellow gold, with fellow students Bethany Ross receiving second prize for her cabochon opal design and Sarah Shiau winning third prize for her Grand Canyon inspired piece.
All three students were presented with their respective designs, created in-house by the bespoke manufacturer as well as individual cash prizes from Weston Beamor’s parent company, WB The Creative Jewellery Group chairman Patrick Fuller.
Hallows, Ross and Shiau, who are currently studying for a Higher National Diploma in Jewellery and Silversmithing at the Birmingham City University School of Jewellery, will receive a week of work experience at the Birmingham-based company as part of the prize.
Patrick Fuller chairman WB The Creative Jewellery Group said: “We are delighted to have such a close relationship with the School of Jewellery. These students are the future of the industry. Our doors at Weston Beamor are always open to students.”
Competition winner Ruth Hallows added: “Today has been both exciting and nerve wracking. I absolutely love the ring, it’s exactly how I wanted it to turn out. It’s been beautifully made and it’s great to see it as a finished product. I am really looking forward to the work experience at Weston Beamor, the work experience was the real prize really for me. I think it will give me that push forward in my career.”
The brief for this year’s Live Project was to design a halo engagement ring and a fitted wedding band to sit alongside it. All designs had to include a primary gemstone or pearl, mounted in precious metal. The students were asked to tailor their designs towards 25-35 year olds.
Samples of the three winning rings are on display at Weston Beamor’s stand P38-Q39 in Hall 17 throughout the five-day trading event.