Bury College Foundation Diploma in Art and Design students Mike Hyde and Katie Matthews have won a unique competition in partnership with local jeweller Peter Jackson. Students on the course created jewellery designs as part of a project which saw the winners have the opportunity to see their designs brought to life and made by the jeweller.
Mike, a former pupil of The Elton High School was delighted to when presented with his design, a silver ring designed in the shape of clasped hands. He said, “I was really surprised to win the competition!” Katie added, “It has been amazing to see my designs made, the end result is great and the opportunity has given me an insight into working in jewellery design.”
The unique designs, Katie’s two pendants based on the human form and Mike’s ring, will now be displayed in Peter Jackson’s Jewellers in Bury Town Centre alongside their current jewellery range.
Managing Director Peter Jackson said, “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with Bury College. I’m hugely impressed by the talent of the students and am delighted to be able to produce the winning designs.”
Assistant Curriculum Manager John Pritchard is delighted by partnership with Peter Jackson. He said, “Our partnership has provided the students with an invaluable opportunity to work with creative industry professionals. I am very proud of the way the students responded to the brief and the diverse range of work they created. I would like to thank Peter Jackson for giving their time and expertise to work with us and we very much look forward to working with them again in the future.”
Edward Jackson, the son of our Managing Director ran in the Blackpool 10K Fun Run in May, completing the course in 42 minutes.
He worked very hard for six months collecting sponsorship for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation – the only charity in the UK dedicated to research and treatment of the disease and supporting families dealing with Lung Cancer.
Edward is pictured presenting a cheque for £6500 to Hayley Weaver of the Foundation.
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Derian House Children’s Hospice has benefitted from a windfall of over £10,000 thanks to the generosity of Peter Jackson the Jeweller’s charity golf day.
“This was our 10th annual charity golf event and we had a great day,” said Peter Jackson, Managing Director. “As a company we are keen to find ways of supporting local charities and over the last 10 years the golf day alone has raised almost £100,000.”
Over the years Peter Jackson the Jeweller has supported a wide range of charities with the proceeds of the golf days going to the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths, the Prince’s Trust and Derian House. Thanks to the generosity of golfers £10,750 has been given to Derian House this year to help support their valuable work.
“I would like to thank and congratulate everyone who took part. The day included a good deal of friendly rivalry, but by far the most important outcome was that we have been able to present this cheque to Derian House, a fantastic charity which does so much good work.”
Trevor Briggs from Derian House added: “The ongoing support of this golf day by Peter Jackson the Jewellers has ensured much needed and significant funds have been raised for the hospice, making a huge difference to children and their families facing a difficult and unsure future, on their behalf it’s a big thank you.”
“I obviously knew that Gail was High Sherriff in 2004,” explained Peter Jackson, “but had no idea that back in 1989 Theo Fennell had designed the Duchy Brooch, which is given to ladies who hold this honour.
“Approved by Her Majesty the Queen, the Duchy brooch depicts an ostrich feather and a small scroll. Only six such brooches have been given in Lancashire and once I had uncovered this connection I immediately got in touch with Suzie Reynolds, of Leighton Hall, who held this prestigious office in 2009. I am delighted that both were able to come and that they arrived wearing their brooches with pride.”
“It was a pleasure to be able to introduce Theo Fennell to these two ladies and the rest of our guests enjoyed listening to Theo as he spoke about the excellent craftsmanship that goes into all of his designs. His beautifully made pieces of jewellery are proving to be very popular with our local customers who obviously appreciate the uniqueness of his pieces.” It was fitting that it was Peter Jackson who invited Theo to the county, not only because of the Duchy connection, but also, because they are the only jeweller in the North West to have been entrusted with this prestigious brand.
“It was wonderful to be in Lancashire and to meet these lovely ladies,” said Theo Fennell, as he spoke of the craftsmanship and affection that goes into every piece of jewellery – including these prestigious two colour gold brooches.
Acknowledged as one of Britain’s premier design led jewellers Theo’s pieces often have a quirky twist and are hugely popular with celebrities. Indeed only a few weeks ago Alesha Dixon wore a Theo Fennell necklace while judging BBC TV’s Strictly Come Dancing and both Emma Bunton and Cheryl Cole wore his jewellery for the Pride of Britain Awards.
Intelligent, witty design is the cornerstone of Theo’s philosophy and award winning, chef Andrew Nutter entered into the spirit by making fun replica cakes depicting Theo’s designs for guest to enjoy.
When Southport based Peter Jackson the Jeweller invited Gail Stanley, who lives in Ormskirk, to meet designer Theo Fennell he had no idea of the connection he was about to uncover.Gail Stanley spoke of the honour in meeting the man who designed these beautiful brooches and Suzie Reynolds added: “I have always Ioved wearing this incredibly well made piece of jewellery but now it’s even more special having met the man who designed it.”
When Peter Jackson the Jeweller’s Blackburn store decided to offer a new collection it fell to Assistant Manager, Catherine Harrington to check out the jewellery. Not that she minded because the new brand is Gucci and in order to find out more she was invited to Florence – home of the prestigious Italian brand.
“Of course I had a fabulous day in this wonderful city of culture and high fashion but I was also very impressed by the quality and attention to detail of the jewellery being made there. Gucci is a luxury brand with an iconic image and we are absolutely delighted to be the only local jeweller to offer this on trend collection.
“With prices starting at £100 I know that Gucci is going to be on a great many Christmas wish lists.”