The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office has announced the launch of the Make Your Mark Awards, a new design competition that aims to challenge today’s students working in precious metal.
Entrants will be asked to submit a design, model or finished piece, in which precious metal is used with prominence, incorporating a London hallmark.
The awards, which will feature two categories – ‘Jewellery’ and ‘Silversmithing’, have been designed to encourage young designers to think outside the box when it comes to hallmarking.
Entries will be open to current students, apprentices and young, recently graduated, designers (within the last three years) of precious-metal-related jewellery and silversmithing courses.
“Anyone who sells precious metal jewellery or silverware in the UK is required by law to have their work hallmarked if it is over a certain weight,” explains Dr Robert Organ, deputy warden (managing director) of The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office. “We wanted to celebrate the 700 year old tradition of hallmarking and give newcomers to the industry the opportunity to kick-start their careers, not just with an understanding of their legal obligation, but also with an appreciation of how a hallmark can enhance and add value to their work.”
The awards will officially open in September, with winners being presented at a special event on Tuesday November 1 2016, during Make Your Mark.
Organ continues: “Make Your Mark is the leading industry event for students on a precious-metal-related course and is fast-becoming the go-to industry event for students. The event is now in its third year and the awards will be the perfect complement to the fantastic range of stands and inspirational talks that are such a huge attraction to those who are just entering the industry. We are delighted to be launching the awards and look forward to seeing some exciting entries.”
More information about how you can enter the awards will be available in early September.