My winning entry in the BJA (British Jeweller's Association) Charity Charm Competition 2014. The completed charm bracelet was be auctioned off to raised money for the charity Breast Cancer Care at IJL.
I chose to design a Butterfly charm because the Butterflies are a symbol of hope, joy and new beginnings. They are also a reminder that beautiful things can happen if you can survive a struggle - as a caterpillar must do to morph into a beautiful butterfly. Two sentiments I think are very important for anyone battling the horrors of cancer. I hope my charm will bring hope to anyone who wears it.
Drawing on my love of the Art Nouveau period and Celtic knotwork - I have created a contemporary 3D design that looks like a butterfly in two different poses - a folded wing and open wing. The former when viewed from the sides and the latter when viewed from the front or back. The looped nature is in reference to the motion of the wings in flight.
My charm is made from 925 (Sterling) silver sourced from the Fundación Eco Andina artisanal mining project in the Andes Mountains, Argentina. This silver is mined without the use of Mercury or Cyanide and is certified by the Jeweltree Foundation as Fairly Traded.