Annual jewellery mentoring competition aiming to hit 100 entrants.

London retailer EC One is making a final call for entries for its 2012 Unsigned competition, with just 10 days to go until this year’s entry process closes.

The retailer, run by Jos and Alison Skeates, is running its third Unsigned competition, open to jewellery graduates offering them the chance to win a mentoring scheme with EC One.


The prize will also ensure that their jewellery is sold through one of the EC One stores in London.

This year EC One is hoping to hit a century with 100 entrants, with almost 75 jewellery graduates and designers having already entered the competition through the retailer’s Facebook page. Now with nine days left to enter it is making a final push.

The Unsigned competition has helped launch the careers of previous winners Clarice Price Thomas and Maia Bonner, both of whom showcased their work as part of the KickStart line up at this year’s IJL and have also won stockists across the UK.

EC One is now making a final call to graduates to enter the competition. It is asking them to submit one image which represents their work and 100 words to explain their design inspiration and collection.

All entries must be posted on the EC One Facebook page and all entrants must have graduated from jewellery design course within the last two years. The entries for Unsigned 2012 will close on September 30 when 10 enties will be shortlisted, with a vote launched on Facebook to nominate a winner.

Jos Skeates said: “There are lots of students who have great ideas and who don’t necessarily know how to take them to market.

"What we’re looking for is fresh designer talent that isn’t stocked elsewhere. We’ll promote them and help them onto the path to the next part of their journey.”

Last year’s winner Clarice Price Thomas said that winning has got her a lot further than she could have otherwise in just a year.

“Winning EC One Unsigned has massively impacted my career as a young jewellery designer and really kickstarted my business forward.

“I received an incredible amount of support and help from Jos, Alison and everyone else at EC One and it gave me the confidence in myself and my work. It gave me an amazing amount of recognition and press within the jewellery industry which I think helped when I came to apply for subsequent awards and competitions. It was a great opportunity and one that I can not recommend enough to aspiring designers.”

The first EC One Unsigned winner Myia Bonner has developed two collections since winning her mentorship programme with EC One and says it was a great opportunity as a graduate designer.

“EC One Unsigned enabled me to get invaluable feedback from a professional perspective and the help I received from Jos and Alison was invaluable to help me progress my collection into a commercial line for their stores,” said Bonner.