On Friday, the shortlisted jewellers for The Jewellery Cut Live in association with Fuli Gemstones Bursary met in London to present to an esteemed panel of judges.
The shortlisted jewellers, who are in the running for a place at our next London show, as well as a host of prizes including a Fuli Gemstones peridot, are Holly O’Hanlon, Jasmine Ataullah, KAB Jewellery and Katharina Kraus.
In this final stage of the judging, the shortlisted jewellers had to meet with the judges face to face to present their work and answer questions from the experts. On the judging panel this season were The Jewellery Cut founders Rachael Taylor and Andrew Martyniuk, Fuli Gemstones’ Pia Tonna, BBC Antiques Roadshow jewellery expert Joanna Hardy, Vogue jewellery editor Carol Woolton (who did her judging remotely), Liberty jewellery buyer Ruby Beales and master goldsmiths Trevor Davis.
L-R: Judges Pia Tonna, Ruby Beales, Joanna Hardy, Rachael Taylor, Andrew Martyniuk, Trevor Davis
“The judges were incredibly impressed by the quality of work from all four shortlisted jewellery designers,” said The Jewellery Cut co-founder Rachael Taylor. “Each of our esteemed judges brought a different element of expertise to the table, be that a knowledge of craft, history, commerciality, editorial or branding. It was fantastic to get hands on with the jewels, and get to know the designers that bit better.
“Each of these jewellers is a winner in our eyes, as they have had the chance now to meet and have their work assessed by some of the top names in the jewellery world. Such interactions and feedback are invaluable to emerging jewellers, and we had some lovely feedback about how much they enjoyed their time at the judging day. All four are definitely names to watch.”
“For me, it was an energising day with lots of positive discussion and so wonderful to meet the designers in person and see their creations,” said judge Pia Tonna, chief marketing officer of Fuli Gemstones. “I hope that the finalists found the day enlightening and encouraging.”
L-R: Finalists Holly O’Hanlon, Jasmine Ataullah, Katherine Brunacci of KAB Jewellery and Katharina Kraus
The winner of this season’s The Jewellery Cut Live in association with Fuli Gemstones Bursary will be announced in October.
The Jewellery Cut Live in association with Fuli Gemstones bursary: The prize
A stand at the next edition of The Jewellery Cut Live in association with Fuli Gemstones
Mentoring support from The Jewellery Cut founders Rachael Taylor and Andrew Martyniuk