The winners of the first Matrix design software competition have been announced by Gemvision Europe at this year’s International Jewellery London (IJL). With over 100 entries, the competition called on jewellery designers to unleash their inner creativity using Gemvision’s Matrix design software.
First prize – an all-expenses paid trip to Gemvision’s Design Symposium at its headquarters in Iowa – went to Alexander Davis of Alexander Davis Jewellery for ‘Best Render’.
Alexander designed a unique pendent entitled ‘Deadly Nightshade’ with a central Tanzanite stone surrounded by blue diamond encrusted arms.
The judges – Graham Dicks, manager of Gemvision’s UK operation, Gaynor Andrews, deputy head of School at Birmingham School of Jewellery and Ken West, head of technical support at Gemvision – also recognised two runner-up winners.
Tom McDanielson from Mallory Jewellers in Bath was awarded ‘Best Sporting Theme’ for his Olympic tiara design and Mo Ebrahim accepted Best Technical Design’ for his cocktail ring designs.
Both have been invited to take their Matrix design skills to the next level at Gemvision’s Matrix Masterclass hosted by Ken West, Gemvision’s head of technology in January 2013.
“We had a fantastic response from jeweller designers UK-wide, the judging process was made even more difficult with so many stunning and innovative designs to choose from,” said Graham Dicks, manager of Gemvision’s UK operation.
He commented: Alex’s pendent presented true individuality and his outstanding design concept made him a worthy overall winner. He will join some of the world’s top jewellery designers at the next Gemvision Design Symposium in October.”
All the designs can be seen at: http://pinterest.com/gemvisioneurope/gemvision-uk-jewellery-design-comp