CMJ independent retailer Jacobs the Jewellers and the Bishopsland Educational Trust, together with sponsors the Goldsmiths’ Company and HS Walsh, announced the winners of the third edition of the annual Young Designer Competition.
The awards ceremony was held at the Jacobs the Jewellers store. The deputy mayor of Reading, councillor Glenn Dennis, attended the presentation ceremony along with Judith Cobham-Lowe, prime warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company; Patrick Sheehan, director of HS Walsh; Penelope and Oliver Makower, respectively principal and vice-principal of Bishopsland; and loyal Jacobs customers.
Nine young Bishopsland designers - Annemarie Reinhold, Jessica Jue, Rebecca Black, Gina Burgess, Rachel Hewison, Rebecca Burt, Lauren Braithwaite, Olivia Cosh-Hall and Korrin Franklin - took part in the exciting Young Designer Competition held at Jacobs from 6 -30 June. Each participant showcased an item of silver as well as a piece of jewellery.
Over the three-week period, visitors to the store voted for their favourite jewellery design as well as their preferred silver object. The competition attracted a record number of public votes; over 200 votes were cast, more than double the previous year.
In the jewellery category, Rebecca Burt was awarded first prize for her Freckled blooms necklace with second prize awarded to Olivia Cosh-Hall for her 18ct yellow gold sapphire-set ring.
While over in the silversmithing category, Annemarie Reinhold received first prize for her Leaf dish with second prize awarded to Rachel Hewison with her Bird bowl design.
1st prize winners received £350 worth of vouchers to spend on tools or materials to help establish their careers in the jewellery and silver industry, 2nd prize winners similarly received vouchers worth £150. Both received framed presentation certificates.
Adam Jacobs, owner of Jacobs the Jewellers commented “This year’s competition has been simply amazing. A record number of votes for an inspiring group of individuals. Thank you to the Bishopsland team, our co-sponsors and customers for all their passion and enthusiasm. Artistic spirit is alive and well within jewellery and silversmith talent in Reading.”
Vice principal of the Bishopsland Educational Trust Oliver Makower added: “Bishopsland is extremely grateful to Jacobs the Jewellers, supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company of London and HS Walsh, for promoting this inspiring competition for young silversmiths and jewellers who have taken part in this event.”
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