Yanmi Lui was awarded the Winterson Prize for Best Use of Pearls by Winterson creative Director Alice Cicolini at the BA Jewellery Design Awards Evening 2017.
Yanmi was named this year’s pearl prize winner for her collection ‘Modern Self-defence Armour & Weaponry’, a playful set of self-defense weaponry that draws inspiration from bio-mimicry design and an interest in martial arts.
Commenting on the award, Winterson’s Creative Director Alice Cicolini said “We were impressed with the way that Yanmi made a clear conceptual connection between the origins of the pearl and her sources of inspiration. It is thought that natural pearls are created by a mollusc as a form of protection, a concept that Yanmi placed at the core of her self-defence collection. The pearl necklace is one of the most enduring luxury jewellery pieces; Yanmi plays with this symbolism, creating a fanciful piece where the pearls represent a source of empowerment as well as adornment.”
An original and very well deserved winner for this year’s prize – congratulations Yanmi!