By Ben Collinson
Congratulations to Mary Chan on her winning design. We are delighted and humbled that so many aspiring jewellery designers entered our first annual student design competition and we would like to thank everyone who entered a design and voted.
Thank you very much to everyone who entered our Student Design Competition this year. We received a lot of amazing entries, and it's been difficult to narrow them down to the following five, which we want you to pick the winner from.
This page provides the context for the entries that we have shortlisted. You can vote for the winner by commenting on the video on our Facebook page with the number assigned to your favourite entry.
Cast your vote before 20th September
1. Mary Chi Ching Chan - EMPIRE OF CHANGE
2. Becky McDonnell - THE CHOICES BRACELET
The Choices Bracelet allows the wearer to decide how the piece can be worn. This is symbolic of one's desire to navigate decisions confidently through life. The bracelet was inspired by the looping, tying and locking mechanisms seen on ships in seaports.
The piece can be worn in two different ways; separately as a bangle and ring, or together as unified bracelet. When worn together, the gold plating hidden when worn as a ring, is revealed and becomes the main feature of the piece.
3. Shangwei Huang - SAMSARA
4. Tobias Cahill - CREATE DERIVE REFINE SELECT
5. Wen-ju Tseng - LIFE IN A PINBALL
The intention of this piece is to be able to interact with people and to express my personality. Pinball used to be my favourite game as a child. However, smartphones today managed to replace these traditional children games. The piece is designed with the same measurements as my current phone to imply this transition. Life is like a game for me. In order to achieve my life goals, there is a need to overcome problems and keep on trying.
Pollution has always been one of my concerns. Therefore the main pinball piece is made from disregarded offcuts from the university workshops reflecting my dedication to sustainability.
This piece represents who I want to become and am becoming.