Jacobs the Jewellers has launched the fourth year of its Reading-based young designer’s competition in association with the Bishopsland Educational Trust and The Goldsmiths Centre.

As the independent jeweller celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, the 2018 competition promises to be a memorable event.

Five student designers at The Bishopsland Educational Trust, a jewellery design postgraduate skills provider based in South Oxfordshire, will each be exhibiting one new silver design and one piece of jewellery during the three-week exhibition.


Open to the public between June 18 and July 7, visitors will be able to vote for their favourite designs.

The winner of each category, which will be announced at a BIP event on July 6, will win a £350 voucher to spend on tools to further their career.

Thanks to a unique collaboration with Reading Borough Council, a special selection of Reading Borough Council’s civic silver collection will also be on show during the duration of the exhibition, many by the world famous silversmith Gerald Benney.

This year’s event will also include live craft demonstrations, and the last days will join with Reading’s established Open for Art program, curated by Jelly Arts.

Jacobs the Jewellers managing director, Adam Jacobs, shares: “Our young designer competition is a great way to bring forward and support the next generation of designers. Last year’s event was shortlisted for a Reading cultural award which shows the standard of work being show. We can’t wait to share our enthusiasm with customers”

The winners will be announced at 12.30pm on July 6.