Awarded to the brand or designer that impresses the judges with genuine originality, whether in terms of design, an innovative use of materials or striking colour combinations
Isabella Liu – Sea Rymes collection
Born in China and based in London, Isabella Liu is a leading award-winning jewellery designer and artist who founded her own design studio in 2014.
In 2012, her winning jewellery artwork was exhibited at the leading museum, Birmingham Museum and Arts Gallery, followed two years later with first place in the finalists at Barcelona ENJOIA’T Award.
In March 2015, she was honoured with three gold and two silver awards at the Goldsmiths' Craftsmanship & Design Awards and also won two gold awards for best product and best new designer at the 2015 Milan World Expo China-Italy International Jewellery Design Competition.
Selected by the ‘WOMEN OF CHINA’ magazine, Isabella is honoured as one of the ten women ‘Impressing the world - Chinese Women Yield Brilliant Results in 2015’. Isabella was also accredited for her Exceptional Talent in Craftsmanship and Design by the Arts Council England in 2015.
The winning Sea Rhymes collection is inspired by the great Japanese artist Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave’, and Isabella’s fascination with the sound of the sea. Sculpturally formed with incredible sounds, swirling and curling lines represent the ocean. The curves of each piece are designed to embrace each stone like the ocean envelopes the body, which when moving, inspires the sound of waves gently lapping against the shore and transporting the wearer to a place of tranquillity.
Isabella says: “This award is such a great compliment to my creative originality and will push me even harder in my future ventures with forward thinking. Whenever I travel to the seaside, I write a poem, express my emotions which has helped me bring a sense of romance and joy to the Sea Rhymes collection”.
Claire Adler observes: “Isabella Liu's Sea Rhymes collection is statement jewellery at its best - bold, architectural and imaginative. It experiments with the notion of hearing the waves of the sea and experiencing their calming influence”.