Catherine Best

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

ADDRESS :

The Mill Steam Mill Lane St Martins Guernsey

Biography:

I work in Platinum, palladium, gold (all types) and silver. I design all my work to be produced in either of my two Channel Island workshops. In the studios (both were formerly windmills) I retail a range of limited edition designs in silver and 9ct or 18ct gold with prices starting at £40. There is also one of the largest ranges of finished “one off” design pieces in Europe incorporating many unusual and exotic gemstones; Paraiba Tourmaline, Morganite, Tsavorite and Mandarin Garnets, Tanzanite and Black Opals as well as the more widely used; Diamonds, Sapphires, Emeralds and Ruby.I am pleased to have also worked closely, for many years, with master stone cutter Erwin Pauly from Idar Oberstein to produce a range of “one off” and limited edition Agate cameo pendants and brooches. I am currently the Channel Island agent for the beautiful Eyris Blue Pearl from New Zealand. The Eyris pearl is a mabe pearl that grows inside the shell of a large Abalone (known locally as Paua) found off the coast of the Chatham Islands. I design a varied range of jewellery around these remarkable and vibrant rainbow hued organic gemstones.Romance is still the biggest driving emotion behind Jewellery and still the most demanded of the gemstones is Diamond. I have developed a long-standing and trusted source through which I can supply the smallest and simplest through to the largest and most colourful. I have created several beautiful ranges of engagement and eternity rings that remain practical to wear whilst being visually luxurious.Many clients have their own design ideas created, whether it is simply refreshing an older piece of jewellery or creating a future family heirloom, I work closely with them to make their dream piece a reality.

Specialist Techniques:

Argon Spot Welding Cameos Carving Casting Designing Enamelling Engraving Jewellery Photography Manufacture Setting

Awards:

2013 The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards Gold Winner of the GIA Award in the Design Section 3D Finished Pieces, Contemporary Jewellery Category for the entry 18ct Gold and Morganite pendant Gold Winner of Setters: Junior for the entry 18ct Gold and Gemstone Set Bangle Silver Winner of Diamond Mounters Junior for the entry 18ct Gold and Gemstone Set Bangle Silver Winner of Diamond Mounters Senior for the entry 18ct Gold and Morganite pendant 2005 Earring Category - Tahitian Pearl Trophy Runner up in both the Guernsey and Jersey Business Of The Year awards. 2003 Parure Category - Tahitian Pearl Trophy 2001 Brooch & Earring Tahitian Pearl Trophy Runner Up - Kaymen Design 1989 Enterprise Of Year Award - Guernsey 1988 Awarded BTEC National medal for outstanding achievement (first to get it for trade). 1987 Winner - Goldsmiths' Design Award

Education:

1985: Btec Jewellery Design 1987: Hnd Distinction Design Manufacture 1987: Distinction in Enamelling

Exhibitions:

2014 Hallmark Fair Goldsmiths' Fair 2013 Goldsmiths' Fair Goldsmiths' Pavilion 2012 Goldsmiths' Fair Goldsmiths' Pavilion 2011 Concours D’Elegance The World Luxury Cruise Liner

Publications:

Vogue FT How To Spend It Tatler Hello The Times


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