BAJ launches Lewis Malka Project

The British Academy of Jewellery has launched the Lewis Malk Project in partnership with engagement ring specialist Lewis Malka.

This unique initiative will see students from our HNC Art and Design 3D Design (Jewellery Design and Manufacturing) course designing and manufacturing bespoke engagement rings inspired by culture and getting feedback from Malka.

The project provides students with hands-on experience in the jewellery industry while fostering creativity and innovation. With the support of Malka, renowned for his “exceptional” craftsmanship and contemporary designs, students will have the opportunity to “showcase their talents and push the boundaries of traditional jewellery design”.

Students are tasked with creating a “one-of-a-kind” engagement ring that celebrates a chosen culture.
Each engagement ring design will feature a faceted stone and will be presented on a stand designed by the students themselves, effectively communicating the cultural inspiration behind their creations.

The project’s culmination will be an exhibition showcasing the students’ bespoke engagement rings, along with their accompanying display stands and information guides. Malka will select two designs, and these two students will win a copy of his book: The Engagement Ring.

Eleni Zolia, course leader HNC Art and Design 3D (Jewellery) at BAJ, said: “We are delighted to partner with Lewis Malka for this exciting project. This collaboration not only provides our students with invaluable industry experience but also encourages them to explore the diverse cultural narratives surrounding engagement rings, paving the way for innovative and meaningful designs.”

Malka added: “This project offers a unique opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the world of jewellery design. I’m excited to work alongside these talented individuals and witness their creativity unfold as they explore the intersection of culture, history, and craftsmanship.”

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