Make Your Mark


31 October, 2017 - 1 November, 2017
Make Your Mark, the UK’s leading career development and networking event for emerging designers, apprentices and students of jewellery and allied trades, returns this autumn


Make Your Mark, the UK’s leading networking and career development event for new precious metal designers and makers, returns to Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London from 31 October – 1 November 2017. Now in its fourth year, the event comes complete with a treasure trove of opportunities to help emerging designers, apprentices and students of jewellery and the allied trades develop successful careers in the field.

The free two-day event is open to apprentices; students on a UK-based precious-metal-related full or part-time course whether at degree level, a short adult education or privately tutored course; tutors; masters; and those looking to enter the trade.

Make your Mark features a range of industry exhibitors offering expert advice and guidance: Argentium Silver, Association for Contemporary Jewellery, Bellore Rashbel, Benchpeg.com, Cooksongold, Contemporary British Silversmiths, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council, Hand Engravers Association, H.S.Walsh & Sons Limited, iMakr 3D Printers for Jewellery, Just Got Made, Just Castings Ltd, Marcia Lanyon Ltd, Microset Tools, Monnickendam Diamonds, Presman Mastermelt, S.E.W. Ltd - Private Tuition, Stephen M Goldsmith Master Polisher, T H March, Wax-Masters Ltd. & Simply Rhino Ltd.

Representatives from the Goldsmiths’ Company, Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office and Goldsmiths’ Centre will also be on hand to offer advice on hallmarking, internships, grants, and training opportunities.  

There will be stalls selling kits, beads and tools; live demonstrations including diamond cutting, hand engraving and stone setting; and surgery sessions with Facets PR. A comprehensive programme with informative talks by industry specialists runs throughout the two days. All talks held in the Exhibition Room (45-minute slots). You can also visit the Goldsmiths’ Company Library at your convenience.

Tuesday 31 October

11am               
Adam Phillips, The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, The Essential Guide to Hallmarking
Adam Phillips, Account Manager, will discuss everything you need to know about hallmarking.

12pm               
Eleni Bide, The Goldsmiths’ Company Library, Treasures of the Library
Eleni Bide, Goldsmiths’ Company Librarian, will discuss the special treasures the library holds in its archives.

1pm                 
Julia Skilton and Charlie Spurrier, The Goldsmiths’ Company Curatorial Department, An Introduction to the Goldsmiths’ Company Modern Silver Collection
Julia Skilton, Curatorial Project Officer, and Charlie Spurrier, Silver Steward, will discuss the renowned Goldsmiths’ Company Modern Silver Collection.

2pm                 
Harriet Kelsall, Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery, Starting a Creative Business
Harriet Kellsall, one of the most respected bespoke designers and business trailblazers working in the UK jewellery industry today, will describe her story starting a creative business from start-up stage to present day.

4pm                 
The Goldsmiths’ Company Marketing and Communications Department, Principles of Social Media
The Marketing and Communications team will discuss how budding jewellers and silversmiths can make the most out of social media.
 

Wednesday 1 November

11am                
Dave Merry, The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, The Essential Guide to 
Hallmarking
Dave Merry, Head of Training, Education & Trading Standards Liaison, will discuss everything you need to know about hallmarking.

12pm               
Michael Wainwright, Boodles, Growing your own Business
Michael Wainwright, Managing Director of Boodles and past Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company, will discuss how to grow your business.                                     

1pm                 
Eleni Bide, The Goldsmiths’ Company Library, Treasures of the Library
See Tuesday’s talk with Eleni for further details

2pm                 
Julia Skilton and Charlie Spurrier, The Goldsmiths’ Company Curatorial Department, An Introduction to the Goldsmiths’ Company Modern Silver Collection
See Tuesday’s talk with Julia and Charlie for further details

3pm                 
Adam Phillips, The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, The Essential Guide to Hallmarking
See Tuesday’s talk with Adam for further details

Free Laser Hallmarking Package

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office is offering all students a Laser Hallmarking Package for free. This unrivalled package comprises a 10-year registration and laser software set-up in preparation for laser hallmarking.

Make Your Mark Awards

Now in its second year, this (up to five years since graduation) working in precious metal. Prizes will be awarded to the most artistically convincing design, model or finished piece in which precious metal is used, and where a prominent London hallmark is part of the design.

The two categories are Jewellery and Silversmithing and winners have the chance to win a hallmarking punch and hallmarking credit, and an introductory course at Joanna Hardy’s online jewellery school (worth £250); or a hallmarking punch and hallmarking credit, plus mentorship by Garrard and tour of their studio. 

The event has already attracted huge interest. Register to attend via Eventbrite http://makeyourmark2016.eventbrite.co.uk or for more info, email info@assayofficelondon.co.uk  or Tel. 020 7606 8971.

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