The Overall Winner: Angela Gillies
We're delighted to be able to announce that Angela Gillies, an undergraduate at the University of Dundee, was picked as the overall winner of the inaugural Fairtrade Gold Design Awards, after competing against more than 100 budding designers and impressing our panel of judges, with her beautiful design for a diamond ring in Fairtrade white gold, entitled Nestled.
Angela has won £500 and an exciting work experience placement with Vipa Designs and Ingle & Rhode, who will now be transforming her design into a stunning piece of jewellery made from Fairtrade gold and set with an ethically-produced Canadian diamond. The finished piece will be loaned to Angela to exhibit at her end of year show, before being auctioned this summer to raise money for the Fairtrade Foundation.
Highly Commended Designs
In addition to picking Angela as the overall winner, the judging panel (composed of representatives from Ingle & Rhode, The Fairtrade Foundation, The Goldsmiths' Company, Vipa Designs, and journalist Rachael Taylor) also selected three highly commended designs:
• Apprentices & Students in Further Education: Eva Reyburn (The British Academy of Jewellery)
• Undergraduates: Lucy Cormack (University of Dundee)
• Postgraduates & Early Careers: Karen Westland (Graduate of The Glasgow School of Art)
In addition, a public vote held online, identified the following as the most popular designers in each category:
• Apprentices & Students in Further Education: Tommaso Iaquinta (British Academy of Jewellery)
• Undergraduates: Maggie Lin Jung-Hsuan (Birmingham City University)
• Postgraduates & Early Careers: Natalia Antunovity
"We set up these awards up to raise awareness of Fairtrade gold amongst young designers, the future of our industry, and to give them a platform to showcase their talent. And the talent we have seen during these awards has been outstanding and we want to thank everybody who submitted a design. And of course, huge congratulations to Angela. She is a very deserving winner!”Tim Ingle, co-founder of Ingle & Rhode
The winning designs, as well as the those of the other finalists can all be viewed at https://ingleandrhode.co.uk/awards/2017-finalists/.
A thank you to Fair Luxury (Flux)
Highly commended designs, category winners, and the overall winner were all announced at the brilliant Fair Luxury (Flux) 2017 conference in Birmingham on 25th April. Flux explores and encourages ethics and sustainability in the jewellery industry, and Ingle & Rhode would like to thank the organisers of Flux for allowing us to announce the awards winners in such a fitting environment. If you weren't at Flux this time, make sure you go to the next one!