NAJ News

Sparkling winners at record breaking awards presentation

04 Jul 2019

Jacobs the Jewellers and the Bishopsland Educational Trust, together with sponsors the Goldsmiths’ Centre and HS Walsh, announced the winners of the fifth edition of the annual Emerging Designer Competition.

A record number of over 300 votes were cast in this year's Emerging Designer competition, headed up by NAJ member Jacobs the Jewellers, with the awards presentation holding practical demonstrations where the designers showcased their skills of engraving, scoring, folding and chasing to customers of Jacobs. 

Fourteen Bishopsland designers were involved in this year's competition, with each entrant showcasing an item of silver and one piece of jewellery in store at Jacobs the Jewellers, giving visiting customers the opportinity to peruse the talent and vote on their favourite designs, of which there were a huge 27 pieces to choose from! 

Demonstration from Sammy Hemmett jacobs demonstration

The winners each received £350 (runners up £100) of HS Walsh vouchers to spend on tools or materials to help establish their careers in the jewellery and silver industry plus a framed presentation certificate.

The event also synchronised with local arts organisation Jelly’s annual Open for Art cultural programme, a firmly established event in Reading. All the items are on display for a further week until 6th July as part of the Jelly Open for Art program.

The Winners: 

Harriet Morris, silver fantasy necklace

Harriet smaller version

 Samuel Hemmett, Silver condiment vessels & spoons

Runners Up: 

Charlotte Vanhoubroueck, Silver locket brooch

Charlotte Vanhoubroeck runner up

Rebecca Oldfield, Silver & gold gilded box

Rebecca Oldfield RUNNER UP

Adam Jacobs, owner of Jacobs the Jewellers commented “I’m amazed with this year’s competition – the number of pieces and the quality is fantastic. With the vote count up from 250 to 300+ this year, there’s clearly an appetite for great jewellery and silver in our community. Thank you to the Bishopsland team, our co-sponsors and customers for their continued interest and support.”

Penelope ‘Pope’ Makower, Principal, Bishopsland was equally pleased, " This annual event gives talented emerging jewellers and silversmiths a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the retail sector thanks to Adam kindly hosting the competition. It is the first time the public have voted for their work, which is always inspiring for the winners.”

Peter Taylor, Director, The Goldsmiths Centre said: “Competitions like this provide emerging makers with a fantastic platform to showcase their skills and get feedback directly from potential consumers. We would like to congratulate all the winners and look forward to seeing where they progress to next.”

Andrew Willgress, representing HS Walsh remarked: “H. S. Walsh is pleased to be associated alongside the Goldsmiths Centre and Bishopsland Educational Trust in this well organised event run by Jacobs the Jewellers. Judging on the extremely high quality and standard of work, the future of the trade is looking very good.”

Pictures: Salvo Toscano