Steeple Bumpstead goldsmith with Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery wins industry 'Oscar'
A jeweller from Steeple Bumpstead has won a gold award in The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards 2019, the industry’s ‘Jewellery Oscars'.
Will Lander, 27, a Goldsmith at Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery in Hertfordshire was awarded gold for his ‘primrose flower inspired necklace’ which is set with over 100 diamonds.
Handmade in palladium and 9 carat yellow gold, the necklace is Will’s 'masterpiece” and the final project in his Diamond Mounter Apprenticeship.
As part of the Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Scheme, Will was “bound” to Harriet Kelsall as his “Master” until the completion of his apprenticeship last October 2018 when he received his Freedom of the City of London.
Harriet said of Will’s most recent award, “I’m hugely proud of Will who has worked for over 200 hours to create this beautiful piece.
" I designed the necklace at the same time as opening our Primrose Hill Studio & Shop so the primrose flower, which is one of the early signs of spring, is the inspiration behind the piece.
"The necklace is articulated so that it moves delicately with the wearer.
"This adds a completely new dimension to the design from a making point of view and poses a huge challenge.
"Will’s necklace wonderfully showcases the techniques that he has learnt over the course of his apprenticeship”.
The necklace will be featured in the Apprentice to Masterpiece exhibition at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Farringdon from March 11 to April 25.