water spiral ring
'little dactyl orbiter' ring
'mesmerism' single earring
In its third year and with more than double the entrants of 2004, the Design Innovation Award is going from strength to strength. This year the Award has been privileged to gain the support of a major sponsor Lonmin, one of the largest primary producers of platinum in the world.
Aimed at emerging designers determined to drive contemporary jewellery forward in style and craft , the competition has this year produced a number of creative and innovative designs, from a necklace of skeleton leaves to a ring worn on the little finger reminiscent of satellites orbiting in space.
Stephen Webster remarked: 'The Design Innovation Award has become a fiercely contested event. The eight chosen designs deserved to win. However, the standard was sufficiently high which led to plenty of debate between the judges.
Fraser King of sponsor Lonmin comments: The DIA has grown outstandingly since its launch in 2003, and has developed into a highly respected project to promote and support emerging designers whilst encouraging them to work more in platinum. It has undoubtedly contributed to the phenomenal growth in platinum jewellery demand in the UK.
oval 7-piece ring
'winter leaves' necklace
'circle of pure eternity' ring