Reading’s oldest independent jeweller, Jacobs the Jewellers, has revealed the winners of its seventh annual jewellery design competition.
The Emerging Designer Competition 2021 delivered a hybrid exhibition experience, being both online and in-store.
Now, Georgia Piggott has been announced winner of the jewellery category for her cosmic earrings.
Meanwhile, Freya Jeavons’ ore vase won her first place in the silver category.
Runners up were Sorrel Acacia and Kelda Young in the jewellery and silver categories respectively.
Each participant showcased an item of silver as well as a piece of jewellery.
Over the two-week voting period, visitors to the website voted for their favourite jewellery design as well as their preferred silver object and those visiting the store saw the items in Jacobs’ the Jewellers recently refurbished shop.
For the first time meet-the-maker videos were premiered on YouTube.
The winners each received £250 of HS Walsh vouchers, the runners up £100 vouchers, each to spend on tools or materials to help establish their careers in the jewellery and silver industry plus a framed presentation certificate.
Adam Jacobs, partner at Jacobs the Jewellers, commented: “It’s been great to have the gang back in the shop exhibiting their jewellery and silver.
“My congratulations to them all on such an incredibly high standard of work. I heard frequent reference to this group being especially hard to choose between, and the close voting showed it too.”
Chris Oliver, head of professional training at the Goldsmiths Centre, added: “The Goldsmiths’ Centre is delighted to be supporting Jacob the Jewellers’ Emerging Designer Competition 2021.
“It’s an amazing endorsement and real life retail experience for emerging and talented designers from Bishopsland Educational Trust to showcase their talent.
“As a charity, we’re also passionate about giving new talent a springboard into their careers through training and showcasing opportunities, and we can’t wait to congratulate the winners.”