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.

The winners of the 2017 Make Your Mark Awards were revealed last night (Oct 31) at a VIP drinks event held at London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall.

The winner of this year’s jewellery category was recent graduate Charelle Smith for her ‘Unlock the Hallmark’ pendant. Judges praised her entry for being an “innovative design with commercial appeal that used hallmarks as an integral part of its functionality”.

Smith was presented with an exclusive coaching sesson with prestigious jewellery house Garrard, as well as a business consultancy session with Facets PR and a trophy donated and engraved by Creative Awards.


“The purpose of the piece is to educate the wearer,” shares Smith. “When the hallmark is lined up with the diamond, the diamond end can be removed from its casing a reveal a hidden vial. The inspiration derives from mechanisms and is made in the same way as a combination lock – when the hallmarks are aligned, hidden treasures can be unlocked.”

Catherine McGinty was highly commended in the jewellery category for her ‘At This Very Moment in Time’ brooch, winning an introductory course at Joanna Hardy’s Online Jewellery School.

Both of the winning designers in the jewellery category have recently completed a Jewellery Manufacturing Level 3 Diploma at the British Academy of Jewellery.

Charelle Harriet and Catherine
Jeweller category winners Charelle Smith and Catherine McGinty.

Meanwhile, judges of the silversmithing category were unanimous in their decision that they could not award one clear winner as none of the entries completely met the brief or reached the high standard expected for a Goldsmiths’ Company competition. However, Dr Robert Organ, deputy warden of The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, presented a special Deputy Warden’s prize to Rebecca Neil for her ‘Take Your Pick’ cocktail stick set, which, Organ said, “was a particularly interesting concept that deserved recognition” for which she received a £125 voucher from Cooksongold.

Jessica and Robert Organ
Rebecca Neil and Robert Organ.

All three winners on the night also received prizes from The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office including a tour of the Assay Office and free hallmarking registration including sponsor’s punch.

Deputy Warden of The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office deputy warden comments: “Charelle really cracked the code of what the judges were looking for! She locked in the winning combination of imagination and craftsmanship – and indeed has unlocked the potential for future entries to this innovative competition.  Catherine’s brooch was also an excellently thought out concept – and congratulations to the BAJ for producing both students.  I extend my thanks to our sponsors and everyone who entered”.

Charelle Smith Unlock the Hallmark
The winning jewelley design – Unlock the Hallmark by Charelle Smith

The judging panels for this year’s Make Your Mark Awards were made up of 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.