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Supporting Talented Designers Across the Jewellery Trade

Published: 1st March 2022

As talented young designers work their way through the various stages of development, it is important for them to be able to see companies investing in their futures and offering advice. These vary from High Street Retailers, to older long established industry experts, but all with the same goal in mind, to continue the excellence of design within the UK trade. There are a number of competitions which are run annually or for a specific event in the annual calendar. 

We have always supported this both locally and across the jewellery and silverware industry working closely with Sheffield University.  We will continue to nurture young talent and encourage them in their endeavours.

Bright Young Gems 2022

John Lewis Partnership & Bright Young Gems

It was great therefore to see the announcement that The John Lewis Partnership Supports Bright Young Gems 2022 as a New Retail Associate partner.

Bright Young Gems, now in it’s sixteenth year, is the jewellery industry’s highly successful mentoring platform designed to discover and nurture new talent, whilst providing the winners with their first commercial showcase.  

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Goldsmiths C&D Council Competition

The Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Competition

The Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Competition is run on an annual basis and is formed of 33 categories. The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council, a charitable incorporated organisation, is a non-profit making enterprise that simply seeks to assist in upholding, maintaining and enhancing craft, design and technological skills. The continuing mission and overall purpose is to contribute to the health and welfare of individuals, companies and organisations in jewellery, goldsmithing, silversmithing and the allied crafts. This competition culminates in an awards evening and exhibition at Goldsmiths Hall.  

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Platinum Jubilee Competition

Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee June 2022

To commemorate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) is commissioning a piece of silverware to add to it’s collection.  The BATF represents around 2,500 members, predominantly small businesses designing, manufacturing and supplying jewellery, silverware and giftware.  It was started to celebrate the traditions of craftsmanship for which our industry is famous, when technological advances threatened the continuation of skills passed down through generations.

The Platinum Jubilee competition, with the theme of “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”, is open to UK based designers and silversmiths, who don’t have to a member of a trade association.  Entries must be designed and made in the UK, made of sterling silver and hallmarked with the Platinum Jubilee mark. 

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