Goldsmith Anita Fodor at Hamilton & Inches was recognised last night for an exceptional new jewellery suite design celebrating the beauty of nature.
And has been awarded Bronze in the Jewellery Design category of the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council awards, seen as the Oscars of the British industry. Anita was recognised for her flora and fauna water lily pond-inspired necklace with detachable pendant and earring design. The yellow gold design is envisaged with platinum flowers featuring ruby, diamond, tsavorite garnet, blue and coloured sapphire gemstones, and includes intricate goldfish and frog motifs.
The Goldsmiths’ award was presented for exceptional use of gemstones in the design of a fine jewellery pendant and earrings that relay a message, story, season, act of nature or personal expression. The special award, sponsored by leading gemstone supplier A. E. Ward & Son Ltd, is given for original and innovative ideas in response to the brief, with the winning entrant receiving a cash prize.
Anita who is being nurtured by the most experienced master jewellers, silversmiths and gemstone experts as she finesses her skills and creativity in making and repairing fine jewellery items. From a very young age, Anita started making jewellery – working with beads and thread and going with her dad to the local markets and festivals in her native Hungary. She studied at jewellery college there, before progressing to work in a jewellery workshop for Victor Azzopardi in Malta. Five years ago Anita moved to Scotland and has been part of our in-house jewellery team for almost two years. Anita has already been pivotal in the design of a notable jewellery suite for the company, working with Master Jeweller Chay McLory to handcraft their Lily Collection of sterling silver jewellery in-house.
Commenting on her Goldsmiths’ award, Anita said:
“Nature is the best inspiration for jewellery and art. When I combined that with the freedom and creative environment I have been allowed as a young Goldsmith in our workshops, I was inspired to design this special piece of fine jewellery. Should it be brought to life by a client, I can imagine it being worn in a way which allows the wearer and the viewer to concentrate on its sheer beauty.”
“The freedom of working at Hamilton & Inches, with one of the most beautiful showrooms in the UK and a peerless team of jewellers and experts in these 150-year-old workshops, is such a privilege and opportunity. To be recognised by the British jewellery industry with this Goldsmiths’ award gives me such pride and confidence for my future jewellery designs – the opportunities feel endless.”
Chief Executive, Stephen Paterson said:
“As jewellers for generations, the Hamilton & Inches family is thrilled to see Anita’s talent and success grow, with this recognition from the British jewellery industry at the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Awards further testament to the heritage of our 150-year-old workshops and the master craftsmen and women within them.”
“Anita is symbolic of the dynamic future of our business, with her creativity and flair already being mentored to find its way into our Edinburgh showroom. As we look towards launching the first retail collection of Scottish Gold this year and nurturing the talents of a new generation of craftspeople, we congratulate Anita on her outstanding achievement and what it means for the future of this great company.”