Applications now open for Make Your Mark Awards

The Goldsmiths' Company is celebrating the success of its second annual Make Your Mark student event, welcoming more than 750 guests to the Goldsmiths' Hall on April 17 and 18. The event included guest lectures by Theo Fennell, Boodles' Michael Wainwright and Monique Daniels and Ivonna Poplanska on behalf of the Goldsmiths' Centre.

Applications are now open for the second Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office’s Make Your Mark Awards, which invites students and young designers to design a piece of jewellery or silverware that celebrates the London hallmark.

There are two Award categories to enter – Jewellery and Silversmithing – and the competition is open to current students, apprentices and recently graduated designers (within the last five years) of precious metal-related jewellery and silversmithing courses.

Prizes will be awarded to the most artistically convincing design, model or finished piece in which precious metal is used with prominence, and where the London hallmark is an integral part of the design.

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Dr Robert Organ, deputy warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, comments: “The inaugural Awards saw some very thoughtful and imaginative designs and finished articles where the Hallmark was truly celebrated. The Awards showed clearly that the hallmark is not just a bedrock for consumer protection but a powerful marketing tool to promote branding and provenance. What’s more, the hallmark adds exciting design elements in its own right.

“This year is a great opportunity for applicants to Make their Mark again! The component marks within the hallmark can vary in size and placement – this offers tremendous creative and contemporary design possibilities. The judges want to be impressed again.”

Last year’s winners were Roxanne Gilbert in the Jewellery category for her silver Five Facets ring, and Annabel Hood in the Silversmithing category for her beaker design, entitled London’s Leopard.

The deadline for entries this year is Friday September 29 2017.

The winners will be revealed at an exclusive event at London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall on Tuesday October 21 2017 during the two-day Make Your Mark event.

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