A Polmont jeweller has shown what a wee gem she is by scooping a coveted national title that will bling up her mantlepiece.
Lindsay Hill from Polmont lifted the Weston Beamor award for jewellery design at the 2014 New Designers Awards in London. It won her a £1000 prize and a work placement with a top firm.
The 23-year-old may not need the placement though. She is already an in-house bespoke designer for one of the country’s biggest jewellers, Chisholm & Hunter, in Glasgow.
She also has her own striking and unique range of rings, bracelets and necklaces which caught the judges’ eyes at the show at London’s Business Design Centre in July. Talent spotters from major fashion labels and companies like Arcadia, Debenhams, Dyson, Habitat, Hemmingway, Jaguar Land Rover Design, Liberty, Marks & Spencer and Nokia visit the annual event looking for future designers and inspiration for their ranges.
Her exhibition was called ‘Imperfections’ and was also her degree show as she graduated from the famous Glasgow School of Art with a BA Honours in silversmithing and jewellery design.
The judges said: “Lindsay’s passion for and knowledge of jewellery-making processes, both new and traditional, caught the judges’ eyes.
“The conceptual ideas behind her collection and technical execution made Lindsay our winner.”
Lindsay said: “It’s unbelievable to have won. Everyone’s work shows so much talent that to be picked out is fantastic. It hasn’t really sunk in yet and I’m still on cloud nine. My work is inspired by gem stones and their imperfections.”
To see Lindsay’s range of jewellery visit her website at www.lindsayhilljewellery.co.uk.