June 2015 - Andrew Geoghegan

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ANDREW GEOGHEGAN WINS IJL’S EDITOR’S CHOICE – TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR RENAISSANCE RING

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We’re delighted to announce that British Jewellery Designer, Andrew Geoghegan, has been awarded the Editor’s Choice ‘Technical Excellence’ Award at International Jewellery London 2015 (IJL) for his ring, the Renaissance.

This is the second time Andrew has been awarded an Editor’s Choice award – which recognises and showcases jewellery designers who exhibit the most creative and cutting edge jewellery at IJL. Pieces are judged and winners selected by Claire Adler, Jewellery and Luxury Journalist and Sam Willoughby, Event Director at IJL.

IJL explained why the Renaissance is so special:

“The Renaissance Ring is a truly innovative take on a classic design and also boasts an exquisite form of stone setting. Classic designs are usually described as such because of their aesthetics, longevity and style. It is essential that when a designer is developing ideas based on classics, they retain respect for them and are very sensitive as to how they are reinvented or adapted. When viewed from the top, the Renaissance ring is a delightful cluster and perhaps the only distinguishing feature is the elongated and dynamic centre stone claws. However, when the ring is rotated, the real magic of the piece emerges. Many of Andrew’s designs have ‘fluidity’ as an underlying theme and this ring is no exception. The centre claws appear to travel through the surround setting, morph into the shank and then flow seamlessly into the surround setting – representing a highly complicated skilled feat in terms of CAD, goldsmithing and the setting of the surround stones.”

Andrew Geoghegan commented on the win;

“Winning Editor’s Choice is incredible news for me – as it will give the company increased awareness with both the trade and consumer, as well as ‘wrap’ the brand in yet more excellence. The benefits internally are equally dramatic as the whole team is understandably delighted and further motivated. For me personally, it is an industry pat on the back and acknowledgement that we are on the right track. Winning also has an extra significance as we launch our eagerly awaited rebrand which we promise is confident, innovative and luxury – as you would expect!”

Claire Adler added: “The clean lines and geometric finish of Andrew Geoghegan’s Renaissance ring belie its intricacy. It incorporates the workmanship of a dedicated and passionate jeweller”.

Since winning his first Editor’s Choice Award in 2011, Andrew Geoghegan has won Designer of the Year with the BJA and also been shortlisted for Designer of the Year with Retail Jeweller.