‘Beautiful Boxes’ is a fundraising initiative launched by Coutts in aid of arts education charity, The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts, and not-for-profit organisation, Holts Academy of Jewellery.
The 21 unique jewellery boxes, which are on display in the window of Coutts’ headquarters on The Strand in London, will be auctioned on eBay for charity from 14 to 24 March.
Michael Morley, Chief Executive, Coutts & Co said the fundraising project would champion the best of British design excellence, while harnessing artistic talent of future generations. “We are extremely grateful to those who have given their time and we are confident that these unique handcrafted boxes will go on to become treasures of the future."
The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts works with deprived children from areas of social and economic disadvantage, raising their self-esteem and confidence and nurturing communication skills.
Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive, The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts said money raised through the eBay auction would give children the chance to see high-quality arts performances and exhibitions.
“We work to get children actively involved in the arts, raising their confidence and equipping them with life skills vital to achieving a better future. We are hugely grateful to Coutts for taking this initiative and helping us to transform more young lives," he said.
Holts Academy of Jewellery was the first government approved apprenticeship scheme for young jewellers in the UK – mainly people aged 18 or less and often from disadvantaged backgrounds who wish to pursue a career in jewellery.
The scheme matches apprentices with employers and the course concludes with permanent employment.
Lee Lucas, Director of the multi award-winning Holts Academy, said: “The jewellery boxes I have seen so far are beautiful, capture one’s imagination and most importantly of all are bringing together the greatest designers with the future blood of the jewellery industry. Brilliant!”
The jewellery boxes can be viewed at ebay.co.uk/beautifulboxes.