The Vipa Designs Award returns this year for the Repurpose Jewellery brief. The re-modelling of heirloom treasures remains an important part of the jewellery industry, with clients seeking to up-cycle their treasured jewels into contemporary, wearable designs.
This year, entrants are invited to design any item of jewellery to be gifted by a couple to their grandchild as a graduation present for successfully completing their music degree. They have a particular passion for the unforgettable and diverse era of 80’s music! Judges will expect to see this communicated in the design in a thoughtful way.
The clients have a budget of £1,250 to make the gift and wish to use materials from their existing jewellery that they would like to upcycle, including:
8 grammes of 18ct gold (any colour or combination)
Twelve 1.5mm round diamonds; and
Six 1.5mm Round sapphires.
The clients have allowed for an additional £500 budget for any extra materials to further complement and enhance the design.
An acknowledgement of the costings for the design and manufacture would be beneficial and should be evident in their conscious use and understanding of materials and labour.
Please note this is a fictional scenario.