A bespoke jewellery designer has scooped an award at a prestigious ceremony for the jewellery industry.
Cambridge jeweller Rebecca Howarth, head of design at Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery in Green Street, has been recognised for her design of a piece of fashion jewellery in the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards.
She achieved gold medal standard in the QVC Special Award at a glittering event attended by the council’s patron, Princess Michael of Kent, at Goldsmiths Hall in London.
Her winning design was inspired by the Cheapside Hoard, a priceless collection of 16th and early 17th century gemstones and jewels, discovered buried in a cellar in Cheapside, London, in 1912.
For the first time in over a century, the collection will be displayed in its entirety in an exhibition at the Museum of London, which opens in June, and Rebecca’s design will feature in the exhibition.
She designed a ruffle neckpiece, based on ruffles found on clothes in the 15th and 16th centuries.
The dramatic neckpiece, made in gold leather, features emeralds, rubies and garnets creating a striking yet contemporary design.
Design assistant Tom Wilson’s work was also chosen from that of many other designers to be exhibited at the awards ceremony, which is a great achievement for such a young designer.
Rebecca was also shortlisted for the Goldsmiths’ Company Award, a significant accolade in the stable of awards, which recognises exceptional design award entries.
She said: “The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards are regarded as the pinnacle of industry awards and so to win an award for one of my designs is a real honour.
“I was particularly drawn to this particular award by the link to the Cheapside Hoard; it’s a fascinating part of the history of jewellery and to produce a design based on something so important to my craft was very exciting.
“I am thrilled to have won and also to have been shortlisted for another award.”
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