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New Designer of the Year

Winner: Rosie Sanders

Judges praised Rosie Sanders’s Kaleidoscope collection, which has a carved scroll motif and explores the life and style of French courtesan Madame de Pompadour, for its professional, polished design. Seeking the strongest design progression in the past year, judges admired the geometric blue moonstones and green amethysts in the range. One judge said: “She has been consistent with her brand identity from the product to the point of sale.” Another said: “The whole package is very sophisticated for someone so early in their career.” A co-founder of jewellery collective Future Facets and a former BJA Kickstarter, Sanders is also proactive and entrepreneurial within the industry.

Highly commended: Kristjan Eyjolfsson

Each of Eyjolfsson’s Scandinavian-inspired collections features new designs expanding existing collections. Struck by the quality finish of Eyjolfsson’s designs, judges were particularly impressed with the design and comfortable functionality of Eyjolfsson’s triangularly-shaped interlocking rings. One judge commented that his pieces demonstrate “real talent”.

Finalists

Cara Tonkin

Tonkin presented her most recent range, Siren, which features overlapping scale shapes inspired by a range of textiles. Judges noted the strong design process behind the pieces and praised the breadth of the collection, which ranges from statement rings to daintier pieces.

Charlotte Valkeniers

The new designs in Valkeniers’s collection, building on her 2013 collection, were complimented by judges for their urban, geometric style. The addition of precious metals and stones was also praised. One judge enthused about Valkeniers’s branding and packaging.

Phoebe Sherwood-Moore for Phoebe Jewellery

Judges liked the interplay of hand-turned oak with precious metals across the Phoebe Jewellery range. Following the woodland theme in previous collections, judges found the Wild Strawberry range an intelligent extension.

Sara Gunn

Featuring a range of textures and patterns etched and embossed across her collections, Gunn’s pieces were regarded by judges as both tactile and striking. Judges were impressed by Gunn’s progression from brass and leather to silver in her Skin collection.

Tessa Packard London

Complimented for both her design and impressive body of work in a short space of time, Tessa Packard’s opium den-inspired No Smoke Without Flowers collection caught the attention of judges for its elegant, opulent design and quality finish.

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