Thursday 3 November, 2016

Winners of The Make Your Mark Awards Announced

The winners of the inaugural Make Your Mark Awards were announced at Goldsmiths’ Hall on Tuesday night. The competition aimed to challenge students working in precious metal, with prizes awarded for the best design of a precious metal piece incorporating a UK hallmark within the design.

Make Your Mark, organised by the London Assay Office, is the UK’s biggest careers event for apprentices and students of jewellery and allied trades. 

Dr Robert Organ, Deputy Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, commented: “This is the first time that we have run the Make Your Mark Awards and I was delighted that we had such a large number of entries demonstrating a wide range of creativity and approaches to tackling the brief.”

Silversmithing Category

Annabel  Hood was announced winner for London’s Leopard. While her sketches of a beaker are a celebration of the act of hallmarking itself, her intent was to honour the London Leopard, making it the main focus of the piece alongside the hallmarks.

Her sketches represent a hand raised silver beaker, gilded in the interior. On the front, an oversized leopard’s head is accompanied by the standard mark above it. A larger scale leopard print pattern adorns the inside of beaker, reaching the base of the cup. Both elements could potentially be either photo etched or hand engraved. 

The prize:

  • A mentorship with Stewart Hersey, which includes use of his workshops and advice on manufacturing her winning design. Stewart’s workshop will spin the beaker and work with Annabel to achieve her finished piece.
  • A mentorship with Richard Fox and a guided tour of the Fox Silver Workshop with exclusive insight into a design and manufacturing facility.
  • £125 Argentium Silver to make the piece
  • £350 from the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, hallmarking registration, punch and £100 hallmarking credit, plus an exclusive tour of the Assay Office with Dave Merry

Annabel commented on her win: “I’m utterly stunned to have won the Award and really looking forward to the opportunities it is going to bring. I’m also really looking forward to making the piece.”

Jewellery Category

Roxanne Gilbert was announced winner for her silver Five Facets Ring. The Full Traditional Hallmark features prominently on the flattened surfaces of the ring’s rounded clusters. As such, the piece is an exemplary expression of the creative use of the hallmark - making it an integral part of the design.

Roxanne’s prize:

  • Mentoring and an opportunity to visit Just Castings to shadow their talented team.
  • Just Castings will also be working with Roxanne to make the winning piece in 18ct yellow gold (up to the value of £500).
  • A mentorship with Ruth Faulkner, Editor of Retail Jeweller
  • £350 from the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, hallmarking registration, punch and £100 hallmarking credit, plus an exclusive tour of the Assay Office with Dave Merry

Excited about her win, Roxanne commented:  “Thanks so much for my award! I absolutely love it! It's a real incentive having these kinds of competitions to work towards - especially for someone like me who hasn't been able to complete a degree as there aren't so many opportunities available. I found the whole event really helpful and made some brilliant contacts.”

Joint Second Prize

Kate Hainge for her design Magnifying Ring

Yanmi Lui for her design The Simplicity of Braille


Max Danger for  The Robot and the Unlucky Stone

Rebecca Doe for her design Marked

Adriana Klimentjevaite for her design The Leopard’s Brooch

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