The Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund
Welcome to the application page for the Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund, which is being hosted by the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity on behalf of Kassandra and the fund. Learn more about the fund, check eligibility and apply for a grant.
Applications are closed and the grants have now been awarded.
Download the latest press release for the Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund below:
The judges are responsible for reviewing all eligible applications. Grants will be awarded to up to 20 Black jewellers and those in the allied trades. The judge’s decision is final. The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity will not decide who the grants will be awarded to.
Melanie Eddy, Academic and fine jeweller
Melanie Eddy is a key academic on the MA Design: Ceramics Furniture and Jewellery programme at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She is a Director of The Association for Contemporary Jewellery and is consistently involved in projects relating to her field; sector development, research, writing, exhibition installation and curation are examples. Melanie has a London studio based in The Goldsmiths’ Centre, Clerkenwell; she specialises in a bespoke service, mostly working within customer focused private commission.
Satta Matturi, Founder and Creative Director, Satta Matturi Fine Jewellery
Satta Matturi is the founder and creative lead of the award-winning brand, Satta Matturi Fine Jewellery, which she founded after a 17-year diamond career as a sales and rough diamond expert with one of the world’s largest diamond mining groups. Her skills and experience within the mid-stream of the industry, coupled with her passion for diamonds and jewellery led her to start up her niche brand. Being British and West-African, Satta combines deep felt traditions and heritage from the African continent, mixed with a global view of trends, attitudes and inspiration, to create distinct designs that resonate with women across the globe. Satta has travelled extensively and has an innate passion for the new emerging Africa, which she brings into all her designs.
Victoria McKay, Co-Founder, Women's Jewellery Network
Victoria McKay is Co-Founder of the Women's Jewellery Network and is a respected jewellery and diamond industry commentator, with her opinion regularly sought by international journals. For many years she has been an active campaigner for empowerment for women and inclusivity for all within the jewellery industry. She has written for trade media journals Retail Jeweller, Professional Jeweller and was a panel judge for the UK Jewellery Awards for four consecutive years. Victoria sat on the Camden Business Board and was an Executive board member for the Hatton Garden BID board. She was acknowledged twice in the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 as a Business Big Shot. In early 2020, Victoria was awarded the title of Top 100 Female Entrepreneur in the UK by F:Entrepreneur.
Alex Monroe, Founder, Alex Monroe
Alex grew up in the Suffolk countryside surrounded by nature, and his childhood was full of adventure and wonder of the natural world. After training at The School of Art, Architecture and Design in London, Alex created his first collection in 1987 to critical acclaim. When establishing the Alex Monroe brand over 30 years ago, his intention was to produce high quality, handmade jewellery that is consistently wearable. These values remain unchanged to this day.
Roxanne Rajcoomar-Hadden, Founder, Goldie Rox
Roxanne started her career as a diamond sorter for DeBeers. In the 15 years since, she has worked with numerous fine jewellers across various sectors of the industry, ranging from retail to looking after the high value jewels in the Bvlgari vault. In 2012, Roxanne set up her own culinary inspired brand Goldie Rox which has, over the years, evolved into a fine jewellery brand specialising in remodelling family heirlooms.