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British jewelers select their designer of the year

December 16, 2013

This is the “Chocolate Box” ring by Andrew Geoghegan, who won the British Jewellers’ Association Designer of the Year award. The ring features 18-karat yellow gold with aquamarine, Madeira citrine, amethyst and diamonds ($7,330).

Birmingham, England--The British Jewellers’ Association (BJA) named Andrew Geoghegan as its Designer of the Year 2013. The award was announced at the British Allied Trade Federation’s Benevolent Ball held in Solihull, England on Dec. 5.

Geoghegan said that his love of “metal manipulation” began during his school days in Leeds, where he spent time in the metal workshops learning to forge, melt and twist metals. His training in college was focused on tableware design and silversmithing. By his senior year, he had developed an interest in jewelry and began working with silver, ebony and pearls.

He moved back home after graduation to focus on his technique and design his own jewelry. The Andrew Geoghegan brand was founded in 1998 and now features a bridal and cocktail collection, with a strong focus on rings.

“It’s an incredible achievement and naturally my team and I are ecstatic. 2013 has been another remarkable year for AG. I continue to design and create with the same intense passion and boundless energy with which I started,” Geoghegan said.

“My aim has always been to create mesmerizing designs at the very height of opulence and luxury, essentially putting my all into every piece and creating something that helps people to express their love. It’s hugely exciting times for AG at the moment as we look to begin exporting next year, making our international debut in Munich.”

Others who were considered for the BJA Designer of the Year award include Jessica Flinn Designs, Babette Wasserman, Lucy Quartermaine, Deakin and Francis, and Charmian Beaton Design.