Applications now open for Make Your Mark Awards

Candice Devine explains hallmarking on the Assay Office stand, Make Your Mark 2016

Applications are now open for The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office inaugural Make Your Mark Awards.

This  new competition is designed to encourage entrants to explore new ground and stretch their imagination when it comes to using the UK hallmark in the creation of precious metal products.

Prizes will be awarded for the best design of a precious metal piece incorporating a UK hallmark within the design. Both artistry and the way that the hallmark is used will be considered by the judging panel.

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Entrants are invited to submit drawings, CAD designs, models or finished pieces with an indication of their desired placement of the hallmark. Entries can be submitted in the ‘Silversmithing’ or ‘Jewellery’ category. The judges will be looking for artistically convincing designs in which precious metal is used with prominence, where the hallmark is intrinsic to the design and that demonstrate one or all of the following:

  • An understanding of the various components of a hallmark
  • The relationship between the hallmark and the design
  • Practical and commercial potential of the design
  • Originality and aesthetic appeal
  • Technical skill.

The Make Your Mark Awards are open to students, apprentices and recent graduates of precious-metal-related courses or 3D design-led courses, specialising in precious metal products.

The deadline for entries is Friday October 21 2016 at 5pm.

Shortlisted entries will be exhibited at Goldsmiths’ Hall during Make Your Mark and winners will be announced at a special VIP reception on Tuesday November 1 2016.This year’s benchpeg Awards will also be announced on the night.

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