Make Your Mark announces top prizes for 2017 awards

The Goldsmiths' Company is celebrating the success of its second annual Make Your Mark student event, welcoming more than 750 guests to the Goldsmiths' Hall on April 17 and 18. The event included guest lectures by Theo Fennell, Boodles' Michael Wainwright and Monique Daniels and Ivonna Poplanska on behalf of the Goldsmiths' Centre.

Winners of this year’s Make Your Mark Awards will receive top prizes donated from across the jewellery and silversmithing industry.

Prizes secured to date include an exclusive coaching session with prestigious maker Garrard, which will include a tour of its historic London workshop, and esteemed jewellery expert Joanna Hardy has donated an introductory course at her online jewellery school, worth £250.

In addition, Cooksongold will award one of the winners vouchers worth £125 to help the designer bring their winning designs to life, while specialist jewellery communications agency Facets PR will donate a business consultancy session covering elements including social media and branding.

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Another key supporter of this year’s event is Hatton Garden-based company Creative Awards, which is donating and engraving the two winners’ trophies.

The judges for this year’s Make Your Mark Awards have been confirmed as renowned silversmith Grant Macdonald; Gordon Hamme, founder and managing director of British Silver Week; Adam Phillips, account manager at the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office; jewellery journalist Rachael Taylor; retailer and jewellery designer Harriet Kelsall; and Sarah Carpin, director of jewellery specialist communications agency Facets PR.

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office’s Make Your Mark Awards invites students and young designers to design a piece of jewellery or silverware that celebrates the London hallmark, the iconic Leopard’s Head.

Entries for the Awards close on Friday September 29.

There are two Award categories to enter – Jewellery and Silversmithing – and the competition is open to current students, apprentices and recently graduated designers (within the last five years) of precious metal-related jewellery and silversmithing courses. Prizes will be awarded to the most artistically convincing design, model or finished piece in which precious metal is used with prominence, and where the London hallmark is an integral part of the design.

The winners of the Make Your Mark Awards 2017 will be revealed at an exclusive event at London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall on Tuesday October 31 2017 during the two-day Make Your Mark event.

Dr Robert Organ, Deputy Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, comments “We are delighted to offer the students and young designers who win the Make Your Mark Awards these valuable prizes. We feel that while winning an award is both prestigious and beneficial, the process of taking part by entering a design or a finished article is equally rewarding and useful as a stepping stone for a future in the jewellery or silversmithing industry. We encourage you to get involved and be part of something really special.”

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