Leeds ‘king of bling’ up for top jewellery awards

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His business might have started out in a shed at the bottom of his parents’ garden but there’s no hiding Andrew Geoghegan’s dazzling talent these days.

The former Leeds Grammar School pupil has once again been shortlisted for two prestigious industry awards – Designer of the Year and Bridal Collection of the Year – in the UK Watch and Jewellery Awards 2014.

And the king of bling, who has already been crowned Designer of the Year 2013 by the British Jewellers’ Association, is hoping to become the first to simultaneously hold two Designer of the Year accolades.

The 40-year-old, whose intricate creations range from £500 to tens of thousands of pounds, said: “No-one before has had those two labels. I would be number one.”

He admitted his fellow competitors were “strong” but added: “If we get it I would be absolutely delighted.”

The converted farm building in the heart of the countryside, where Andrew now comes up with his coveted jewellery ranges, is very different to the potting shed and inner-city attic space which served as his first workshops.

But he has never felt the need to relocate to London - regarded as the country’s design capital.

He said: “If someone’s got talent it’s not about where they are, it’s about what they are expressing and the quality of their design and manufacturing.”

And his artistic talent shone from a very young age.

“I was always found in my dad’s garage destroying something or making something.

“Then when I was allowed near heat and anvils and hammers, that’s when I found out I just loved to work metal.”

Andrew, who grew up in Roundhay, Leeds, went on to study Three-Dimensional Design at the University of Central Lancashire, where he developed his fascination with gem-setting and never looked back.

His AG brand made its international debut in Munich this year.

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