Jewellers asked to design and make piece of jewellery in eight hours.

Edinburgh’s Precious Metal Workshops’ annual Ready, Steady, Jewel! contest is reaching its final stage, with a charity auction set to take place on August 31.

The project is in its third year and brings together 15 participants – 10 of which are jewellery graduates from Scottish universities including Duncan of Jordanstone and Edinburgh College of Art, the remaining five established jewellers from across the UK – who then create jewellery in a timed contest, with the work eventually auctioned off for charity.


The event is based loosely on the concept of BBC Two’s Ready Steady Cook, replacing chefs with jewellers.

Last month the jewellers were given a total of eight hours to create a piece of jewellery. The designs have since been on display in various Edinburgh galleries and will be auctioned off at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall on August 31, with the money raised being donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, the Katie Piper Foundation, The Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland and Leith School of Art.

The previous years’ Ready, Steady, Jewel! contests have raised £8,500. All of the jewellers have been filmed while making their pieces, and the final videos are posted on YouTube.

Ian Nicholson, managing director of Precious Metals Workshop, said: "This project and something I am quite proud of, it helps gives young talent graduates a bit of a spotlight after leaving university and helps raise money for multiple good causes."

The auction is set to attract about 300 attendees with entry including a complimentary drink. VIP tickets will also be available, including beverages and canapés, a free raffle ticket, an opportunity to meet the jewellers, and front row or balcony seating.

Precious Metals Workshop is an educational and resource workshop for jewellers and silversmiths based in Edinburgh.