A number of jewellery designers have added their own personal flair to some decorative jewellery boxes to raise money for a local Hatton Garden jewellery school.
Big names including Annoushka, Monica Vinader, Paul Smith, and Elizabeth Gage have customised the boxes to be sold as part of a special eBay auction, with the proceeds being donated to Holts Academy of Jewellery, a centre in Hatton Garden which trains jewellery apprentices, as well as The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts.
The project, known as Coutts Beautiful Boxes, was announced on February 18th by private wealth management service Coutts as a fundraising initiative for these creative programmes. Michael Morley, chief executive of Coutts & Co, explained: “Coutts has a long history of championing the creative industries … this campaign was launched as a fundraising project that would champion the best of British design excellence today, whilst harnessing the artistic talent of future generations.
Lee Lucas, director of Holts Academy, also commented on the opportunity: “The Coutts Beautiful Boxes project is the perfect collaboration for us. It both inspires our apprentices and students to reach new heights in their design skills, as well as celebrate the best of ‘Made in Britain’. The jewellery boxes I have seen so far are beautiful, capture one’s imagination and most importantly of all are bringing together the greatest designers with the future blood of the jewellery industry.”
The boxes will go on sale for 10 days, from March 14th onwards. Search for “Coutts Beautiful Boxes” on eBay to bag your favourite design.