The Winterson Prize

Winterson celebrates new generations of jewellery talent every year, collaborating since 2013 with one of the most influential arts and design institutes in the world, Central Saint Martins in London.

With our support and pearls, the CSM BA Jewellery Design students are able to compete for The Winterson Prize, an annual award for the Best Use of Pearls in design.


Meet Our Winners


Winner 2016

Coline Assade

The winner of the Winterson prize in 2016 was Coline Assade, for her collection ‘Unconventional Femininity’, an exploration of identity and self-expression.

The work was about femininity and identity, asking the wearer and viewer to be more playful with their identity and to raise questions about what is gender and who they really are.

Experimental, and with a bold, distinctive voice, Coline embraced the pearl and put it at the heart of her collection, celebrating the uniqueness of the baroque pearl as a symbol of feminine individuality.

Winner 2015

Evie Armstrong

The winner of the Winterson prize in 2015 was Evangeline Armstrong, for a witty and playful collection titled ‘The Daily Grind: Secret Jewellery For the City Businessman’.

The work used a range of innovative techniques, including setting rows of delicate white and dark Freshwater seed pearls in an unconventional jeweller's material of grey urban concrete.

The result was to create beautiful flashes of subtle classicism, with brightly coloured tailored socks and ties appearing from beneath the very conservative style of traditional men’s shirts and suits.

Winner 2014

Felicia Swartling

The second winner of the Winterson Prize was Felicia Swartling, for a collection that combined imaginative tactile elements with the freeform shapes of baroque pearls.

With a dark sensibility and a penchant for glamour, the emerging Swedish jewellery designer's work showed a well-judged appreciation of how each pearl could become an integral part of each piece.

The winning collection included four dramatic oxidised silver rings titled Kläm and Bird, set with lustrous, dark grey baroque pearls on sculptural plinths. The pieces are shown here with baroque Tahitian pearls.

Winner 2013

Bella Mung

The winner of the inaugural Winterson prize was Bella Mung, for a contemporary and often humorous exploration of the use of pearls in everyday fashion.

Exploring the idea of the hidden shape and form of a necklace beneath a garment, the collection included a pearl necklace that transformed into a tie and a pair of gentleman's pearl-studded brogues.

The stand-out piece of the collection was this pearl necklace that was transfixed like the wearer's hair blowing in the wind. The considered shape and graduation of the necklace was perfect.



About Central Saint Martins

At the heart of London's arts and design scene, CSM is part of the University of the Arts, London and has an international reputation for its creative energy and the achievements of its graduates. CSM attracts students from over 90 countries, representing some of the world's most exciting raw talents, artists and performers in art, drama, fashion and design.