Junko Hirai

Junko Hirai

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

Junko Hirai is a Japanese university graduate who now devotes her innovative artistic skills to jewellery design.

She holds the Certified Awarded Title CGJ (Certified Gemmologist of Japan) of the Gemmological Association of All Japan, utilising this ability to create her jewellery incorporating high quality gem stones.

She was a long standing member of The Gemmological Association of Great Britain. Having completed a course leading to her City & Guilds Diploma in Jewellery, she received awards for her work from The Goldsmiths’ Company and British Jewellers’ Association.

Her jewellery has been displayed at the Goldsmiths’ Hall by Craftsmanship & Design Awards in 2001 and 2009.

She obtained the College Award and Far East Award at East Berkshire College. Her work was displayed at The Victoria & Albert Museum for three months and featured in The Observer newspaper. She has also featured in the Maidenhead Advertiser.

Her designs are based on the theme of nature, each piece being individually handmade and crafted in 18ct gold with diamonds, gemstones and pearls.

She can design and provide tailor-made jewellery according to an individual customer’s requirements.

Awards:

2008
City & Guilds Diploma Jewellery Joint Second Prize by The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
City & Guilds Diploma Jewellery by British Jeweller’s Association

2000
Berkshire College Award
Far East Award

Education:

2008 City & Guilds Jewellery Diploma
2006 Wax carving, Stone setting Pave and General, Leaser Welding
2000 NCFE NVQ Level 1 and Level 2
1985 Certified  CGJ ( Certified Gemmologist of Japan ) certified no. 194
1976 BA ( Atomi Gakuen Womens’ University of Japan )


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    ‘Ant on twig’ Brooch

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    'Leaf' Pendant

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    'Leaves' Earrings

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    ‘Hedgehog’ Pendant

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    Worm-Eaten Leaves

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    Ants on Twigs (1)

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    Ants on Twigs

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    Crab SHIOMANEKI

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    Firefly

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