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21 August 2012 - Time to meet the winner of our Diamonds for Jubilee competition in aid of Jersey Hospice Care

Fundraising for local charities takes many different forms, but it doesn't always come in 18 carat white gold and covered in diamonds. Hettich's 'Diamonds for Jubilee' competition to design a piece of jewellery to commemorate the Queen's Jubilee and be auctioned in aid of Jersey Hospice Care attracted a high level of response from amateur as well as professional designers, and the judges are delighted to announce that a winner has now been chosen.

Rebecca Russ (far left of the picture) started to sketch her winning design the night before the competition's closing date, after seeing the competition advertised in the Jersey Evening Post. 'I had an image in my mind of what I wanted to create, and even though I'd never designed jewellery before, I started sketching and gradually the image came to life. It was important to me to come up with a symbol that would combine the Royal element of the competition with Hettich and Jersey Hospice Care, and be a beautiful piece of jewellery that people would want to wear.'

The judges, who included the Vice President of the Royal Asscher Diamond Company, as well as Lynsey Beahan from Jersey Hospice Care and Hettich Director Jeffrey Chinn had a difficult job to narrow the 34 entries from amateur and professional designers down to a shortlist and then an eventual winner. 'We were just overwhelmed by the incredible talent and creativity shown by each of the entrants' explains Jeffrey Chinn. 'From people who said they'd never designed anything before but were just caught up by the occasion, to professional designers who came up with some incredible pieces, the standard was incredibly high. We have some very talented people here on the island!'

When it came to Rebecca's crown-themed design though, all the judges agreed that she had captured the mood and spirit of the Queen's Jubilee perfectly. Lynsey Beahan, Fundraising Manager at Jersey Hospice Care said: 'The winning jewellery design encompassed exactly what the judges were each looking for, bringing together royalty and celebration, Hettich and Jersey Hospice Care within the one design.'

The design will now be brought to life using Royal Asscher diamonds, and then auctioned at The Snow Queen Ball on 20th October with all the proceeds going to Jersey Hospice Care. As well as seeing her design brought to life, Rebecca Russ and her husband will receive a Hettich voucher for £250 and an invitation to The Snow Queen Ball in aid of Jersey Hospice Care. 

The cost of creating the piece in white gold and setting it with Royal Asscher diamonds is being covered by Hettich, with Jersey Hospice Care receiving the total sum raised when the piece is auctioned at October's Snow Queen Ball. Commenting on why he launched the initiative, Hettich's Jeffrey Chinn said: 'It's important for Hettich as a business to put something back into the community. As islanders, most of us have had our lives touched in some way by Jersey Hospice Care, and we hope the proceeds raised from the auction of this beautiful piece of jewellery will add valuable funding to the important work they do.'

Lynsey Beahan from Jersey Hospice Care added: 'We were delighted to have been chosen to be supported by this unique opportunity. It was fascinating to have been involved in the judging process - the designs were all wonderful. With so much thought and creativity presented to us by many talented islanders, the final decision was certainly quite a task. We are very much looking forward to seeing the finished article, which will not only raise funds to enable to us to continue to care for people with cancer and motor neurone disease but will also act as a timeless reminder of the designer and Hettich's support for us.'

To register your interest for the auction and buy tickets for The Snow Queen Ball on October 20th in aid of Jersey Hospice Care, please contact Lady Sylvia Gould by text on 07700 356699 or email: thesnowqueenball@hotmail.co.uk

Picture shows from left, Diamonds for Jubilee winner Rebecca Russ, Margaret McGovern (Jersey Hospice Care), Lady Sylvia Gould (Organiser of Jersey Hospice Care's Snow Queen Ball) and Jeffrey Chinn

More images of the design are available to view on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/hettichjewellers