V&A announces Student Jewellery Design winners

The winners of the Ancestors/V&A Student Jewellery Design Competition 2009 were announced today.
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The winning designs will become part of the Inspired! Collection from Ancestors - a collection of designer jewellery inspired by the collections of the V&A.

Committed to encouraging the next generation of designers and to provide them with genuine commercial experience, Ancestors and the V&A are working closely with a number of Universities in the UK. The annual competition is for jewellery designs (both fine and costume) inspired from the V&A and it collections.

The winners, Nicola Dessent (Fine Jewellery category) and Sarah Spalding (Costume Jewellery category), come from Buckinghamshire New University and Duncan of Jordanstone College (Dundee University) respectively.

The winning designs will form part of Ancestors’ autumn 2009 Inspired! Collection which is sold internationally across department stores, mail order and shopping channels.

The winner of the fine jewellery category, Nicola Dessent’s Vine Necklace draws upon the Romanesque architectural elements of the V&A and combines them with the imagery of Bacchus the God of Wine to form an elegant and fine necklace that is perfect for evening wear.

Dessent is a second year student, currently studying BA Hons Jewellery at Buckinghamshire New University. This is the first year this University has entered the competition.

In costume jewellery, Sarah Spalding’s winning design, the lattice necklace (pictured) and earring set, were influenced by the South Asian collections and colours in the Nehru Gallery at the V&A, and specifically the lattice patterns found in the carved marble window screens.

Sarah Spalding is a third year student at Duncan of Jordanstone College, currently studying Jewellery and Metalwork Design. This is the first year the University has entered the competition.



?With the collections we have, the opportunities for licensing are infinite,? explains Lauren Sizeland, head of licensing for V&A.

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