Jewellery industry experts to judge inaugural Make Your Mark competition

Candice Devine explains hallmarking on the Assay Office stand, Make Your Mark 2016

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office has revealed an impressive judging panel formed of industry experts for its forthcoming Make Your Mark Awards.

The inaugural competition will be judged by six jewellery industry experts:

Eddie Davis, Graff

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Stewart Hersey, Hersey Silversmiths

Elizabeth Hunt, Allied Gold

Leo Onoufriou, Just Castings

Grant Macdonald, Silversmith

Rosemary Ransome Wallis, Art Director and Curator, The Goldsmiths’ Company.

Judges will be looking for the best design of a precious metal piece incorporating a UK hallmark within the design. The spirit of the awards is to celebrate the hallmark and challenge entrants to use creativity in its placement.

“When most hallmarks are normally hidden from view by being inside a ring or under a piece of silver, this competition will be a real challenge and bring out the true inventiveness of the designers,” comments Grant Macdonald.

“The hallmark has an extremely important place in our trade, and anything we can do to raise awareness is a great thing,” adds Stewart Hersey. “The entrants will surely benefit from the publicity and subsequent support from the Goldsmiths’ Company and other members of the trade supporting the initiative.”

Prizes have been donated by key members of the trade and include a range of mentoring sessions, advice, workshop time and making assistance from Stephen Webster, Richard Fox, Stewart Hersey, Just Castings and Ruth Faulkner. These exclusive experiential prizes will be tailored to the winners’ specific needs and skillsets.

Winners and runners-up will also receive a selection of vouchers from Cooksongold and HS Walsh, Argentium Silver from Allied Gold, as well as cash, an exclusive tour and hallmarking credits from the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office.

The winners will be announced at a special VIP reception on Tuesday November 1 at Goldsmiths’ Hall. The invitation-only event will be opened by keynote speaker, Richard Fox.

Special trophies have also been designed for the event by Hatton Garden-based company, Creative Awards. Extruded from aircraft grade aluminium, the pieces are cut and anodised to give a rich surface finish into which the winners’ details and the Assay Office leopard are engraved. This reveals the raw aluminium underneath to provide a permanent and elegant symbol of achievement.

“We want to encourage newcomers to the industry to embrace the hallmark as a way of enhancing and adding value to their work and to be creative in the way that they incorporate it into their designs,” explains Dr Robert Organ, deputy warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office. “By displaying a hallmark prominently on a piece, a maker is not just demonstrating provenance and authenticity, they are also telling a story.”

He continues: “It’s the knowledge and understanding of the options available to them that allows designers to add their unique signature to their creations, to enable them to put – literally – their own stamp on their work and to stand out from the crowd. When a designer truly understands the advantages of hallmarking, it’s no longer just a guarantee of quality; it’s a mark of their own making and part of their personal language and creative identity.”

The deadline for the inaugural Make Your Mark Awards is fast-approaching, but there is still time to enter and be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes and having your work seen by our distinguished panel of expert judges.


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