Central Saint Martins & the Palladium Alliance shortlist top five up and coming jewellery designers!

Students from the college`s MA Design Jewellery Course were challenged in September 2010 to create a collection of beautiful bespoke jewellery using the precious and much loved metal Palladium. They designed a 2 piece set of jewellery that was judged by a panel of industry experts such as luxury jewellery designer Hannah Martin, Lucy Yeomans (Editor of Harper`s Bazaar), Melanie Rickey (Fashion Editor-at-Large at Grazia) and Giles Deacon (one of the school`s most successful alumni.)

The 5 finalists limited edition pieces designed by the selected students will be showcased and judged at an exclusive event in March 2011. The winner will then receive a work placement with a leading fashion designer as well as a financial reward – a fantastic prize that will definitively help the student`s career!

Each design is stunning and creative in their own individual way – I can`t seem to pick a favourite!

Here are the top 5 finalists!

Name: Leigh Cameron
Discipline: Furniture
Design: Ring; `Weight of Space`
Synopsis: Raw structural lines intersect in space to make a bold ring.

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Name: Anne Frobeen
Discipline: Furniture
Design: Necklace; `Liquid`
Synopsis: A fluid elegant necklace of liquid Palladium

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Name: Gwyneth Harris
Discipline: Jewellery
Design: Ring `Python`
Synopsis: Chic high jewellery ring richly textured and decorated

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Name: Juan Juan Hu
Discipline: Jewellery
Design: Necklace; `Flowing Red`
Synopsis: Sculpted palladium pendant with its own red leather collar

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Name: Esther Macgregor
Discipline: Ceramics
Design: Ring; `Carved Glacier`
Synopsis: Palladium lines wrap and enfold a precious carved glacial form

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Simon Fraser, Course Director of MA in Design and Jewellery at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design said:

`We are proud of our student`s talent and this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase this. Not only does it provide them with a platform with which to develop and enhance their design skills, it is also a great way to introduce our students to a precious metal ideal for jewellery making.
Like much of our work here at Central Saint Martins this support allows our students to continue at the leading edge of design and industry and we are excited to see the designs of the final five students created in full.”

John Stark, Chairman for the Palladium Alliance International, commented:

`We wanted to introduce Palladium to the star designers of tomorrow and this partnership with Central Saint Martins was the perfect fit. The students have learned through this process that Palladium is the perfect metal for fine jewellery making as it is malleable, light, hard and will maintain its whiteness over time. We are eager to see these final designs recognised and thank all of the students who have taken part, for all of their hard work.”

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