Debut open day for British jewellers of the future smashes targets.
The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office is hailing the success of its inaugural Make Your Mark event, which attracted more than 800 jewellery and silversmithing students from across the UK.
The Goldsmiths’ Company, its Assay Office and the Goldsmiths’ Centre co-presented the day of talks by leading professionals, as well as hosting a careers zone featuring recruitment agencies, social media experts, design protection services and Professional Jeweller.
Numerous trade exhibitors, including suppliers and trade organisations were in attendance on May 16, including Allied Gold, Cookson Gold and Marcia Lanyon. Visitors were also treated to an exhibition of work from students and residents of the Goldsmiths’ Centre.
The event set out to provide practical information, advice, contacts and inspiration to encourage and enable students to advance in their chosen career in the world of precious metals.
Highlights included talks by London jeweller Theo Fennell, silversmith Miriam Hanid and The Gemmological Association of Great Britain. Experts from the Goldsmiths’ Company, Assay Office and Goldsmiths’ Centre offered insider advice on hallmarking, internships and grants, and training opportunities.
Make Your Mark was a free event for full-time and part-time students on a precious metal course. As part of the event, the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office offered all students a free hallmarking package to further their design ambitions.
Deputy warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, Dr Robert Organ, commented: “We are delighted by the terrific response to Make Your Mark, the first event of its kind at Goldsmiths’ Hall.
“Over 800 students attended, many of whom were newcomers to the Company’s activities, and their feedback has been excellent. The event provided access to an inspirational group of experts from across the trade and we hope it gave everyone confidence for the future.”