Reading’s oldest independent jewellery retailer, Jacobs the Jewellers, launched its annual Young Designer competition last week, with 2019 already seeing the largest field of entrants in its five-year history.

The four-week event based in the historic Reading store features live craft demonstrations and a VIP winners’ event leading into an ‘Open for Art’ exhibit in the town centre.

With a record-breaking 27 entries being exhibited in store, early visitors have been amazed at the craft, skill and imagination on show at Jacobs the Jewellers from a talented group of emerging artists.


14 emerging designers at The Bishopsland Educational Trust, a jewellery design postgraduate skills provider based in South Oxfordshire, are showing in competition one new silver design and one piece of jewellery at Jacobs the Jewellers, in the heart of Reading town centre. Open to the public between June 10 – July 8, visitors in the first three weeks will be able to vote for their favourite designs.

On Friday June 28 at 2.30pm several of the younger makers will be demonstrating traditional craft skills in store at Jacobs. At 3.30pm votes will have been tallied: the winners will be announced with the supporting partners.

The winner of each category will win a £250 voucher to spend on tools to further their career, the runner up £100.

The last week of the exhibition joins with Reading’s established ‘Open for Art’ programme, curated by Jelly Arts, in showcasing art in unusual spaces.

The annual competition has been made possible for the Bishopsland Educational Trust through the initiative, co-operation and support of Jacobs the Jewellers, the Goldsmiths’ Centre, Jelly Arts and HS Walsh. All parties are supporting this competition with a clear commitment to the craft and artists of Bishopsland Educational Trust not to mention Reading as a creative centre in the South East.

Adam Jacobs of Jacobs the Jewellers comments: “It’s hard to believe our competition is five years old and we’re amazed to see so many entries, with all at such a high standard. I know our customers are so excited to see these new talents at such early stages of their careers. I’m grateful to all our partners for their support in creating such a great event.”