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Swarovski Explores Sustainability with 2016 Central Saint Martins’ BA Jewellery Design Project

Submitted by: Swarovski

Categories: Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability

Posted: Jul 11, 2016 – 11:27 AM EST


LONDON, Jul. 11 /CSRwire/ - Swarovski brought a sustainable twist to its long-running partnership with Central Saint Martins with this year’s edition of the BA Jewellery Design project, the 15th consecutive year of Swarovski’s collaboration with CSM students.

Working with the theme of ‘water’, third year BA Jewelry Design students at CSM were challenged to use upcycled Swarovski crystals and gemstones in an innovative way to create couture pieces inspired by the precious natural resource. From an initial 38 applications, ten students were shortlisted and supported by Swarovski, which supplied the finalists with product to create their pieces.

The esteemed judging panel included Central Saint Martins’ Caroline Broadhead and Lin Cheung, who reviewed the entries at an event in London. The overall winner was Lucie Davis, whose rings made from 100% compressed cellulose sponge featuring Swarovski crystals were titled: ‘For twice the shine - Just add water’. 

Lucie Davis commented: “I feel extremely grateful and honored to have won. It's been a great experience working on the theme of water and sustainability. I integrated Swarovski crystal into a sponge material, adding an element of preciousness to the ordinary. After this exciting experience, sustainability will definitely always be in the back of my mind when designing jewelry as it has been a great source of inspiration”.

As a company operating in a society increasingly concerned by the issue of resource availability, Swarovski strives to find creative solutions to use resources efficiently and responsibly. Giving new life to Swarovski’s stunning crystals and gemstones was a challenge for students, but also offered them the opportunity to actively participate in the growing circular economy. 

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