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Designer of the Year

Winner: Ornella Iannuzzi

Looking at the work showcased by designers over the past year, judges believed Ornella Iannuzzi’s high-end Rock It! collection, developed for daily wear from her 2012 fine art jewellery collection Les Exceptionnelles, showed the best design progression. One judge said: “Although this collection is more modern than her fine art jewellery line, you can still see the influence of natural forms.” Another added: “Putting the opal or diamond inside the dodecahedron cage is playful and quite unusual.” The panel praised Iannuzzi’s design and craftsmanship and agreed her collection was an intelligent progression and addition to her year of design success, which also saw her win The Goldsmiths’ Company Award.

Highly commended: Rachel Galley

Judges agreed that Rachel Galley was deserving of a highly commended mention on account of her design developments over the past 12 months, which have included the introduction of her bridal range, blending classic design with a modern edge, and seeing her crowned the winner of the Houlden Bridal Design Competition.

Finalists

Birgit Marie Schmidt for Smith/Grey

Judges commended the interchangeable focus of the Smith/Grey jewellery collection, highlighting the range’s playful, customisable quality. They also praised the branding and styling.

Imogen Belfield

The use of new materials in Imogen Belfield’s Jurassic collection caught the attention of judges, who noted the use of porcelain as a good progression of style. One judge called Belfield “original and innovative”.

Lucy Quartermaine

Lucy Quartermaine’s launch of her Art Deco and Couture Drip collections received praise from the judges. A development of her Drip range, the addition of freshwater pearls to the Couture Drip collection was also popular.

Natasha Leith-Smith

Introducing precious metals into the Allumer collection, judges liked the range of customisation options available to the consumer. The mix of precious and base metals on certain pieces also caught their attention.

Phoebe Coleman

Drawing inspiration from feminism and the strength of women under trial and tribulation, Phoebe Coleman’s work in the past year has shown a strong emotional story, finish and wearability.

Tessa Grazzini

Judges picked up on the finish of Grazzini’s designs as well as the meaning in the Lost Crystal range, which includes crystals cut and mounted to ensure that they are in contact with the wearer’s skin.

 

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