a ring is a ring is a ring student interview - Gabriela Gancheva | BAJ

a ring is a ring is a ring student interview – Gabriela Gancheva

a ring is a ring is a ring student interview – Gabriela Gancheva

a ring is a ring is a ring showcases the work of a year-long collaboration between students of three leading European Jewellery Schools: Alchimia: Contemporary Jewellery School, Florence, Italy, Hochschule Trier, Idar Oberstein, Germany and British Academy of Jewellery, London & Birmingham, UK. In this series, we interview the students who participated in the project.


Can you tell us a little more about the piece you have on display in the show?

My piece is inspired by the concept of Memory, which is one of the key meanings behind the Gimmel Ring. It represents a quintessential childhood memory of being at the Fairground and the opulence of the surroundings, playfully encapsulating a happy experience.

The piece is called Life is a Merry-Go-Round, made in Sterling Silver with 9k Yellow Gold accents and Blue Tourmaline.

So the show is titled A RING is A RING is  A RING, can you tell us what a ring is to you?

For me a ring is a reflection of the wearer’s personality. Often commemorating a significant event or person, a ring is a physical reminder that you can carry it with you.

ring by maya triangle

What other pieces in the show do you find interesting and why?

I like Maya Ferroni’s pieces, because they invite the wearer to interact with them and find their own way of wearing the pieces.

What is your background?

I am originally from Bulgaria and moved to London when I was a child. I have studied art and design throughout my years at school and I will be graduating from my Level 4 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing and Design at the British Academy of Jewellery this year.



Why have you become a jeweller?

I have had a fascination with jewellery since I was very young and gradually what was a hobby has become my profession! I have always loved jewellery, it is such a personal object that is often the most expressive about your personality, or it could be special simply because of the person who gave it to us.

What are your plans for the future?

I have worked for Dinny Hall, a British jewellery designer. For the past 2 years, I find my job very rewarding and challenging, but it is always fun! For the immediate future I am happy to work for another brand to learn and improve my skills, for the longterm I would like to have my own brand one day.

Exhibition showing off students designs of rings
Launch night at 'a ring is a ring is a ring' exhibition with a room full of guests looking at the pieces
Launch night at 'a ring is a ring is a ring'

Why should someone visit the show?

You should visit the show because it is a great mix between different cultures and design aesthetics from all over the world!

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