The fashion designer – who, along with London jewellery star Hannah Martin, led a judging panel to find the winner of the Central Saint Martins Palladium Jewellery Design earlier this week – says he likes pieces that stand out and can transform an outfit as well being something most people could wear.
Speaking about why he crowned Leigh Cameron as the overall winner for his stunning ring – which was made from the rare and precious metal palladium – Giles said: “I did make my final decision very quickly, actually. It was very much an initiative thing with me. It was something that was very kind of quality instant, very, very strong. I like statement jewellery and something that many people could wear and you don’t need a manual to understand and I think the one I chose did that.”
Giles said he was hugely impressed with the competition – a collaboration between Palladium Alliance International and Masters Design students specialising in Jewellery Ceramics and Furniture at the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design – and the work everyone produced.
He said: “The work that has been presented by Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design MA Design and Jewellery students using palladium is as I would have hoped , inventive, beautiful and directional.”