Monday 3 July, 2017

Young Designer Competition winners announced

Last Friday 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 Jacobs the Jewellers’ Young Designer Competition. 

The awards ceremony, held at the Reading-based Jacobs the Jewellers store, saw the Jacobs team joined by the Deputy Mayor of Reading, Councillor Glenn Dennis; Judith Cobham-Lowe, Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company; Patrick Sheehan, Director of HS Walsh; Penelope Makower, Principal and Oliver Makower, Vice-principal of Bishopsland; and loyal Jacobs customers.

A few designers demonstrated traditional techniques to the assembled crowd, and several items by world-renowned silversmith Gerald Benney, on loan from Reading Borough Council’s civic collection, added extra sparkle. The event also marked the start of Jelly’s annual Open For Art cultural programme, a firmly established event in Reading.

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 at Jacobs from 6 -30 June. Each participant showcased an item of silver as well as a piece of jewellery.  

Over a 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. The results were as follows:


1st prize – Rebecca Burt with Freckled Blooms necklace

2nd prize – Olivia Cosh Hall with 18ct yellow gold sapphire set ring


1st prize – Annemarie Reinhold with Leaf dish

2nd prize – Rachel Hewison with Bird bowl

While 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 were given 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.”

Prime Warden Judy Cobham-Lowe said “The Goldsmiths’ Company is delighted to be supporting this year’s Young Designer Competition organised by Jacobs the Jewellers and Bishopsland. It’s a wonderful initiative backing young silversmiths and jewellers. I’d like to congratulate the winners and everyone involved in the competition.”

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