Swarovski and Central Saint Martins have once again creatively linked arms in the latest quest to find the most innovative new designs and jewellery designers using Swarovski stones and crystals as their centrepiece and inspiration.
The Central Saint Martins X Swarovski Jewellery Competition saw first year Jewellery Design students at Central Saint Martins (part of the University of the Arts London) issued with Swarovski elements and gemstones with which to let their imaginations run wild.
Students were divided into four groups and given four themes: Berlin, Istanbul, Fiction and Luminescence, from which the designs must be conceived. The final pieces were presented last Friday 4th May to Nadja Swarovski, jewellery designer Hannah Martin and In Detail (http://indtl.com/) blogger, Beanie Major.
Overall there were 45 entries and the quality was exceptional, as judge Beanie Major, commented in her article on GraziaDaily.co.uk: “The quality of work and high level of craftsmanship across the forty-five entries was outstanding making it a difficult choice all round.”
First prize, judged on concept, design, wearability and final presentation, went to Nadezhda Fedotova (image above) for her interpretation of fiction. Fedotova’s work was inspired by ceremonial African masks and voodoo relics, resulting in a multifunctional magnetic ‘hidden faces’ bracelet made from brass, carved wood and Swarovski gemstones.
Other winning designs included a brass and feathered neck-piece shaped like smoke from a Turkish harem, and a necklace made from crystals mixed with concrete to represent the Berlin Wall.
Swarovski have been sponsoring Central St Martins for the last decade, and the latest jewellery competition is a celebration of that close relationship and bond over the years. The winning designs will be on display at Central Saint Martins from Monday 14th until Friday 18th May.
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