Jewellery house Hockley Mint officially launched its design competition at the Jewellery & Watch show yesterday, marking its 25th year in business.
A Champagne reception was held in celebration of the launch by the Birmingham-based manufacturer, which is inviting jewellery designers to create a unique, one-off piece of jewellery.
The winning jewellery piece will be made in Fairtrade silver and may contain elements of Fairtrade gold. It will be cast by Hockley Mint and unveiled at the International Jewellery London (IJL) show in September.
It will then be displayed in Hockley Mint’s refurbished boardroom to commemorate the 25th anniversary. The winner will be presented with a version of the design at the IJL show, and will also receive prize money of £250.
Gary Wroe, managing director of Hockley Mint, said of the launch: “At Hockley Mint we are passionate about supporting new talent and keeping those all-important jewellery manufacturing and design skills here in Britain. To mark our achievement of 25 years in the industry, we are thrilled to officially launch our design competition today and look forward to seeing how people are inspired by our company to create something beautiful as a fitting anniversary commemoration.”
Entries will be judged by a team of esteemed members of the jewellery industry including Michael Rawlinson, CEO of the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ); contemporary jewellery designer Diana Porter; Poppy Elder, new product development manager at Hockley Mint; and Sarah Carpin, director of specialist jewellery and watch communications agency Facets PR.
There are no restrictions on the design but it must represent Hockley Mint. Designs can be submitted as sketches, drawings or CAD files and the closing date for entries is 5pm on 2nd June 2017.