Our first ever pearl design Competition, in collaboration with The Guild of Jewellery Designers and Ping Ping Jewellery came to a close last week . The competition was designed to highlight the excellence in jewellery designing talent both in the UK and overseas. The competition was a huge success with so many excellent entries, many of whom are rising design students while others are experienced jewellery designers.
We are thrilled to announce that the winner is Yvonne Knights with her handmade 18 carat yellow gold organically shaped pendant, rub over set with the coin pearl and seven round cut brilliant diamonds.
Yvonne Knights- Competition Winner
Yvonne is a jewellery designer/ maker based in Norfolk where she designs and produces handcrafted bespoke fine jewellery, using a variety of metals, to create unique and contemporary designs.
With over 20 years experience of silversmithing and jewellery making and a passion for detailed painting and illustration, Yvonne utilises her knowledge and expertise to work closely with clients to create their perfect piece of beautiful and unique customised jewellery, using responsibly sourced materials.
Excellent design and customer satisfaction
Yvonne sits with each client, beginning with the initial hand drawn sketches to ensure every individual handmade piece is tailored to the client’s style, personality and budget and finished to the highest standard. Her commitment to quality and craft is the very essence of her work.
She is always drawing inspiration from architecture, nature, sculpture and beautiful things. Her studio is an eclectic mix of mood boards, gemstones, treasures & creative chaos!
Yvonne was thrilled to win the competition and she added;
“I particularly enjoyed entering the Pearl design competition, as it was an exciting challenge to design a beautiful piece of jewellery that was fitting for the size and the unique, organic shape of the coin pearl. I kept the design quite simple so as not to overpower the natural beauty and lustre of the pearl and to keep the pearl as the central focus of the design.
I also felt that an 18ct yellow gold finish would compliment the golden hue of the pearl to keep the look of the pendant as clean and simple as possible, whilst maintaining a soft organic feel
Yvonne will now enjoy making the pendant so she can add this to her portfolio. We look forward to seeing the finished piece.
A successful competition
Our pearl design competition successfully caught the attention of people all over the world, creating a level playing field for budding designers and professional experts alike! Following this success we have decided to hold the competition on an annual basis.
Yvonne will receive a cash prize and the unique coin pearl.
We would like to thank everyone who entered and made our judging job very difficult! All the entries displayed a great deal of passion and cutting edge design concepts.
For more information and if you would like to collaborate with us or sponsor the competition please visit our website or social media platforms at www.britishpearlassociation.com