In her second year at Art College in London, Barbara won her first major international competition. The Diamonds International Award. Barbara went on to become one of only two people in Great Britain to have ever been awarded this prestigious accolade on three occasions.
To win a Diamonds International Award, designs from South and North America are sent to New York, European participants send their designs to London. Asia and Australia to Tokyo. 300 designs are chosen from each region. All the designs are sent to London, where judges are flown in from different Countries, who finally choose the Diamonds International Award winners, usually 20 designs. The piece must then be made and after the presentation of awards the pieces tour the world with a major exhibition in each country.