Birmingham-based jewellery manufacturer Hockley Mint has revealed the winner of its 25th anniversary design competition.

At a sparkling drinks reception held at IJL this afternoon, Hockley Mint managing director Gary Wroe announced that the lucky winner is Jessica Mead as her finished piece was unveiled on Hockley Mint’s stand.

Mead is currently employed as a designer at independent retailer Page Fine Jewellery in Cambridge and has previously worked as a designer at award-winning retailer Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery.

Wroe said of the winning design: “We were really impressed with Jessica’s creative interpretation of our brief, which has been translated into a real statement piece of jewellery – just what we were looking for when we launched this competition. Jessica has been involved in the manufacturing of the piece throughout, and we are all delighted with the outcome.”

Called The Climbing Hydrangea, the winning design is made up of 25 leaves in sterling silver with Fairtrade gold elements and 25 0.01ct diamonds (totalling 25pts) to represent the 25 years that Hockley Mint has been in business.

Speaking about the inspiration behind the design, Mead said: “The idea behind using a hydrangea is that there is no stopping its potential for growth. It can branch out in different directions and long different avenues but it will always continue to improve for as long as it is loved and nurtured – just like a successful business. So not only does this design celebrate Hockley Mint’s 25th anniversary, but it also highlights just how much they have grown.”

Mead’s finished piece will be displayed in Hockley Mint’s refurbished boardroom to commemorate the business’ 25th anniversary. The winner will be presented with a version of the design at the IJL show, and will also receive prize money of £250 and a year’s free insurance cover courtesy of TH March. TH March also offered all entrants to the competition a 10% discount on insurance cover.

Yvonne Knights and Roxanne Gilbert were both highly commended by the judges.

Jessica Mead with her award
Jessica Mead with her award

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