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EC One Win ‘Inspiring Independents 2014′

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The Inspiring Independents initiative recognises truly outstanding independent jewellery retailers, with the winners chosen by other members of the industry. Hosted by Retail Jeweller Magazine, this is a collection of the 50 most inspiring independent jewellers, as chosen by their fellow retailers. A shop might be considered outstanding because of beautiful store design, clever marketing, brilliant product choice, or impeccable customer service – having previously come joint first in 2011, EC One has once again demonstrated it has all these qualities by being awarding the top place in 2014!

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To read more about the award, and see pictures of the event, click here…

Unsigned 2014: Vote for the 10 Finalists!

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After much deliberation we have drawn up our 10 finalists for EC One Unsigned 2014!
The 10 designers to go through to the voting stage are….

Claire Hughes

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Deborah Murdoch

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Flora Bhattachary

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Grace Honeybul

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Hayley Beckley

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Jo Gordon

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Joanna Bury

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Mei-ling de Buitléar

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Monique Daniels

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Ruth Conway

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Congratulations to the final 10!

To see your favourite become one of the final four, it’s now up to YOU to vote!

To Vote, either:

i. ‘Like’ their image in the EC One ‘Unsigned 2014′ Facebook Album

ii. Click on your favourite designer’s dedicated post on EC One’s Blog, & click the Facebook ‘Like’ at the bottom of the blog page

iii. ‘Like’ their image on our Instagram feed (@econe_jewellery)

The 3 designers with the most votes, along with a wild card chosen by EC One, will be invited to meet the judges and show their work. But hurry! You only have until midnight on Tuesday 4th of November to cast your vote!

Finally – thank you to all of the entrants! Without exception, we were incredibly impressed with the standard of work submitted this year!

Unsigned 2014 Top Ten: Jo Gordon

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Crafted from recycled silver, Fairtrade gold and a by-product of the meat industry (carved cow bone), Jo’s work is not only aesthetically beautiful but also ethically impeccable.  

Jo Gordon is the creator of Fera, bold luxurious designs in recycled silver and Fairtrade gold. Her work is inspired by her time spent living and travelling abroad, and features cow bone which has been hand carved into custom shapes and set like stones into the pieces alongside precious gemstones with intricate detailing. An unusual and beautiful material with ivory-like qualities, cow bone is a by-product of the meat industry. Transformed into a treasured and precious material in the ANIMII Collection, it creates some truly eye catching, statement jewellery pieces.

www.ferajewellery.com
To see the other finalists for ‘EC One Unsigned 2014′, click here to visit our Facebook Album.

Unsigned 2014 Top Ten: Grace Honeybul

VOTE FOR GRACE BY CLICKING THE ‘LIKE’ BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST

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Focusing on Art Deco architecture, ‘The Fortune Hunter Collection’ from Grace Honeybul has a fabulous, chunky fashion edge.

Ornamentation and decoration in architecture are influential throughout Grace Honeybul’s body of work. Fascinated with detailed features and patterns, her main source of inspiration stems from her London roots, growing up – as she did – surrounded by historical architecture.
Her new project, ‘The Fortune Hunter Collection’, focuses on Art Deco architecture, re-imagining ornamentation found on New York’s ‘Chrysler Building’ and ‘The Carreras Cigarette Factory’ in Camden.
Within her collection, Grace explores design through new technologies, specifically 3D printing. She feels it is important to have the final production stages finished by hand in order to maintain a high finish quality. The collection features pyramid cut Amethyst and Lapis stones and 3D printed nylon.

www.gracehoneybul.co.uk

To see the other finalists for ‘EC One Unsigned 2014′, click here to visit our Facebook Album.

Unsigned 2014 Top Ten: Hayley Beckley

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Hayley-BeckleyEC One absolutely loved Hayley’s colourful, fanciful silk cuffs and collars. Forming a personal tale of finding one’s place in the world, they feature prints of tree silhouettes and beautiful, autumnal skies.

Hayley’s graduate collection, ‘Found in the Forest’, is an exploration of the importance of creativity and imaginative freedom. Inspired by the memories, imaginings and visual enchantment that woodland walks and our ever-changing British skies evoke, each piece features silk that has been digitally printed with layered photographs of tree silhouettes against beautiful skies, using techniques of creative pattern drafting and precision sewing. These intricate prints are then combined with delicate silver embellishments to create depth, intrigue and atmosphere.

To see the other finalists for ‘EC One Unsigned 2014′, click here to visit our Facebook Album.

Unsigned 2014 Top Ten: Monique Daniels

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Complex, dynamic design from Monique Daniels, the clean geometric aesthetic of the ‘Polyhedra’ ring could be described as ‘mathematically pleasing’!

Monique combines traditional fine jewellery techniques with precision cutting technology to create jewellery with a constructivist fashionable edge. Linear framing and geometric structures provide the foundation of Monique’s inspiration. Drawing upon the mathematical qualities of polyhedrons, her collection named ‘Polyhedra’, which translates as ‘many-surfaces’, focuses on the layering and repetition of angles and the interlocking radial lines within octagons and triangles.

www.moniquedaniels.co.uk
To see the other finalists for ‘EC One Unsigned 2014′, click here to visit our Facebook Album.

Unsigned 2014 Top Ten: Flora Bhattachary

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Taken from the Hindi word for ‘desire’, Flora Bhattachary’s entry evokes the opulence and drama of India’s past.

 

“Lubhati”, Flora Bhattachary’s first collection, is taken from the word ‘desire’ in Hindi. Flora’s work explores her personal links with India, reflecting the lives of her ancestors – pioneers of the East India Company – as they migrated to India in the 18th Century to trade. Evoking the drama of this history, the work draws on influences from Islamic pattern and Hindu and Mughal art to create elegant gems with a dark and opulent mood.

www.florabhattachary.com

To see the other finalists for ‘EC One Unsigned 2014′, click here to visit our Facebook Album.

 

 

Unsigned 2014 Top Ten: Mei-ling de Buitléar

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Combining new materials – charcoal from coconuts – with tribal African designs, Mei-ling’s jewellery is as innovative as it is fashion forward.

Mei-ling de Buitléar’s work is inspired by various tribes throughout Africa, but more importantly, their use of diverse materials. Her ‘Coal-lection’ collection combines a new material made with charcoal from coconuts, and the use of traditional brass rings, influenced by her interest in tribal Africa. Opposing elements are a running theme through Mei-ling’s body of work: the use of colour and texture; the techniques of mechanised water jet cutting, to hand grinding the charcoal. Jewellery from the ‘Coal-lection’ are westernised pieces with a nod to the ethnic adornments that inspired the collection.

http://www.mei-lingdebuitlear.com/

To see the other finalists for ‘EC One Unsigned 2014′, click here to visit our Facebook Album.

Unsigned 2014 Top Ten: Joanna Bury

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Inspired by tattooing and body adornment, Joanna Bury’s statement collars have a gorgeous tribal feel.

Deriving her inspiration from modern urban culture, particularly patterns within Asian cultures and the designs found in contemporary and tribal jewellery, Joanna Bury’s ultimate inspiration is tattooing and body adornment. EC One love the swirling, bold patterns on these statement collars.
Joanna said this about her collection…

“I am currently working on the concept that a piece of jewellery can be treated like a removable tattoo, worn to adorn and easily removed. Most of the design details are inspired by tattoo or lace designs and so the pattern is effectively projected onto the skin. As a designer I am very much intrigued by technology and I aim to utilise new technologies wherever possible within my design process”.

To see the other finalists for ‘EC One Unsigned 2014′, click here to visit our Facebook Album.

Unsigned 2014 Top Ten: Ruth Conway

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Bold yet wearable, the vibrant, tribal quality to Ruth Conway’s ‘Threads’ collection – inspired by a trip to Tanzania- had EC One swaying to a holiday beat.

Inspired by the vibrant textiles, colours and patterns Ruth experienced while travelling in Tanzania, she explores the combination of these qualities with her own personal style in the collection ‘Threads’. Ruth’s pieces utilise a wide range of techniques and an unusual material combination of fabric, laser cut wood and acetate, brought together by hand stitching. Ruth aims to inject pattern and vibrancy in to everyday life in the same way she experienced them during her time in East Africa.

To see the other finalists for ‘EC One Unsigned 2014′, click here to visit our Facebook Album.