For the 12th year running, Swarovski challenged Central Saint Martins BA Jewellery Design students to push the boundaries of crystal and gemstone use in their designs.
Third-year students were asked to create couture jewellery pieces, working to the theme ‘Reflection, Refraction, Repetition’, and focusing on the innovative inclusion of Swarovski Crystal and Swarovski Gemstones.
A panel of judges – including Nadja Swarovski, jeweller Fernando Jorge and Indtl.com blogger Beanie Major – chose 22-year-old Tiffany Baehler as the overall winner. She created a playful, sculptural and surprising bracelet, pave-set with Swarovski Gemstones.
Nadja Swarovski, member of the Swarovski executive board, commented: “We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Central Saint Martins, which has been challenging and supporting some of the UK's most talented jewellery design students for over a decade. We’re always excited to see how young designers are inspired by our product, and Tiffany Baehler’s creation demonstrates the versatility of Swarovski Gemstones in a wonderfully innovative way.”
Caroline Broadhead, Course Leader of BA Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins, said: “This annual design project with Swarovski is one which demands fresh and ambitious ideas from our students. It extends and expands the students’ area of research and allows a freedom of scale and interpretation, which is perfect for this stage of the course and their learning.”
Baehler said: “With this bracelet, which takes the geometric form of Cubism, I wanted to break the rules of fine jewellery, where gemstones are highlighted and metal is an encapsulating structure that appears subtly in the background. Here, the metal is a camouflage, with Swarovski Gemstones hidden between hinged cubes, waiting to be revealed when the jewellery is worn.”
Ionna Souflia was named runner up, for her marble neckpiece inspired by the shape of a handheld mirror and set with Swarovski Crystal. Nadya Fedatova was awarded Best Use of Crystal for a pair of lazer-cut plywood cuffs set with Swarovski Crystal, inspired by natural formations.
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