Almost 40 graduates have already entered mentoring competition.
Entry to London-based retailer EC One’s second annual Unsigned competition will close this coming Friday, with more than 40 graduate designers already in the running.
The competition encourages jewellery designers who have graduated from a design course in the past two years to enter, with the chance of winning a mentoring prize with the retailer. Their winning design will be produced in a more commercial manner to be sold through the retailer’s London stores.
Designers can enter by uploading a single image that best outlines the style of their work with a 100 word description to the EC One Facebook page.
A top 10 will be chosen in-house by EC One before a final vote via Facebook, whittling down the entrants to four, who will be judged by guest judges from the British jewellery industry, including Professional Jeweller editor-in-chief Rachael Taylor.
The overall winner will be awarded cost payments when pieces sell, promotion from EC One’s PR company Push PR, manufacturing advice from EC One’s in-store workshop and business and sales advice from its head buyer Alison Skeates.
To date almost 40 graduates have entered the competition. Last year the final votes reached 3,500 and designer Myia Bonner, who has worked alongside Tina Lilienthal, was announced the winner at a special Unsigned winner’s party. She took home her own Unsigned Gold Disc, engraved with her name.
Bonner has since launched a line of downscaled tongue-in-cheek diamond jewellery designs, based on her oversized jewellery based on the 3D structure of diamonds, with drop earrings, pendants and studs.
Last year’s four finalists also included Laura Gravestock who this won Professional Jeweller’s Treasure competition and has been named a NexGem in this year’s Hot 100.