Designs for Hope

 

Designs For Hope Limited Edition Collection

Back in April 2020, Alex Monroe first launched our 'Designs For Hope' competition, to offer a creative distraction from the COVID-19 crisis and provide inspiration for the future. This year we wanted to inspire creativity amongst our younger community - so for 2021, our Designs for Hope competition was aimed exclusively at young people aged 17 and under.

Alex and our design team have been hard at work in our London Workshop over the past few months, bringing our three unique and joyful winning designs to life as special pieces of Alex Monroe Jewellery. Designs for Hope 2021 has been created in collaboration with three brilliant young people, and celebrates the optimism, connection, resilience and hope so clearly present within this future generation. £40 from every sale of this collection will be donated to ‘The Make Bank’ - a wonderful initiative in support of childhood creativity.

Designs for Hope 2021

At Alex Monroe, we strongly believe that inspiring and aiding childhood creativity at school age is a huge stepping stone to ensuring future diversity in jewellery and the arts. For 2021, our Designs for Hope competition was aimed exclusively at our younger community aged 17 and under, who were tasked by Alex to design a piece of jewellery inspired by what ‘hope’ meant to them.

We received hundreds of wonderful entries - from whole classes of students led by some really brilliant teachers, through to little ones as young as three years old.

Our three chosen designs have been transformed by Alex and our design team into Limited Edition pieces of Alex Monroe jewellery, exclusive to alexmonroe.com and our London Boutiques.

 2021 Winners  

Party Necklace

£480

"Over lockdown, I missed going to parties with my friends! I hope I can party with my friends again soon"

Raphael explored all the things he loves about parties, from music and decorations to sweets and birthday cake (!), to create his Party Necklace design. Raphael’s joyful design has been brought to life by Alex and our design team as a Limited Edition charm necklace - handmade in Sterling Silver, with certified Fairmined Yellow and Rose Gold-plated details.

 - Raphael aged 9

Origami Journey Earrings

£225

‘Although we have not travelled miles, we have all had our own little journeys’.

Lucy explored the nature of journeys, travelling and exploration to create her Origami Journey jewellery design. Lucy’s dreamy design has been brought to life by Alex and our design team as a Limited Edition pair of asymmetric hook earrings - handmade in Sterling Silver, with certified Fairmined Gold-plated details.

 

- Lucy aged 14

Bathing Elephants Necklace with a Blue Topaz 'Splash'

£255

‘Elephants are my favourite animal as they always stick together and help one another. This fills me with happiness because they never let one stray from the group.’.

In Erin’s Bathing Elephants Necklace design, a pair of loving elephants have come together in a rainforest spring - a beautiful reminder from a hopeful young person to treasure nature for future generations. Erin’s design has been brought to life by Alex and our design team as a Limited Edition necklace - handmade in Sterling Silver with a certified Fairmined Gold plated heart charm and a vibrant Blue Topaz ‘splash’.

- Erin aged 10

Our Winning Entries

Erin’s Bathing Elephants Necklace with a Blue Topaz 'Splash'

Lucy’s Origami Journey Earrings

Raphael’s Party Necklace

"Although we have not travelled miles,
we have all had our own little journeys’.

Lucy aged 14, Designs for Hope Winner

Designs for Hope 2021 Winners Morning

£40 from each sale of Designs for Hope 2021 will be donated to ‘The Make Bank’, providing two Art Kits for disadvantaged students. 'The Make Bank' is a vital initiative founded by artist Kirsty Young and aims to tackle creativity poverty in schools through the provision of Art and Design Kits for disadvantaged pupils who wish to pursue a creative education - alongside providing career support from industry professionals. Through nurturing, inspiring and encouraging young talent, The Make Bank is working to ensure a future of inclusivity, diversity and representation in our creative industries.

Designs for Hope 2020

In April 2020, Alex Monroe first launched our 'Designs For Hope' competition, to offer a creative distraction from the COVID-19 crisis and provide inspiration for the future. This limited edition collection created in collaboration with our wonderful community, celebrated the optimism, connection, resilience and hope that has emerged as silver linings of an unprecedented and challenging time. £30 from every sale is donated to Mind charity in support of better mental health - and a handful of pieces are still available!

Wildflower Globe Necklace

"The natural world makes life worth it…just watching on as nature does its thing is the most hopeful thing we can witness."

- Jessie

Hideaway Nest Necklace

"The nest is built piece by piece from whatever the bird can find, just as we are asked to be extra creative and resourceful for the time being."

- Harriet

Neighbourly Houses Ring

"Hope for a time we can be together in our houses as we please…but by pride that when we needed to, in our houses we stayed."

- Emelia

Moon Gazing Hare Necklace

"I find the moon and stars in a time of global uncertainty like this particularly hopeful…they are a familiar and beautiful reminder that the world is still turning and still will be when this passes."

- Charlotte

Matchbox Necklace

"In Darkness there is Light. This is the reason I chose a matchstick box to symbolise the light…"

- Roman,

 Designs for Hope Runner Up

One Door Opens Necklace

"I have always taken comfort in the saying, 'When one door closes, another opens’. The world is full of opportunities - if something you long to happen doesn’t, you should never give up hope."

- Olivia,

Designs for Hope Runner Up