The winners of the scholarships, Katie Jamieson and Stasia Tereszczuk, were announced at the recent Craftsmanship & Design Awards ceremony. The scholarships allow two emerging designers the chance to study Gem-A’s one-week Diamond Practical Course at its Hatton Garden HQ.
“It’s a lovely surprise and a great honour to be selected and acknowledged by such an experienced and reputable panel of judges,” said Katie Jamieson.
“I am in the process of setting up my business and will be launching my brand with two exciting new stockists, EC One and Wolf & Badger, in the next few months, hopefully followed by many more in 2013, so this scholarship will only give me further incentive.”
Stasia Tereszczuk added: “I have nothing but respect for the integrity of the Gemmological Association and hold its qualifications in very high regard, as do a lot of the trade people with whom I deal. It was such a privilege to be invited to the prestigious ceremony at the Goldsmiths’ Hall. I was very proud and a little overwhelmed to collect my award from James Riley. I am very grateful to Gem-A for the award and very much look forward to taking the course.”
Gem-A CEO James Riley commented: “The designs were very both good and original and the use of the winners’ existing knowledge about gems was excellent. Both will clearly benefit from the course and I hope it will add to their skills and future designs as they understand more about diamonds. There was a very good selection of designs to choose from and it was not an easy choice. Both winners demonstrated something different and out of the ordinary which caught the judges’ eye.”