Applications are now open for the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office inaugural ‘Make Your Mark’ Awards.
The new design competition, which aims to challenge today’s students working in precious metals, will be presented at a special event on Tuesday 1 November during the annual Make Your Mark event.
There will be two award categories – jewellery and silversmithing – and entry will be open to current students, apprentices and recently graduated designers of precious metal-related jewellery and silversmithing courses.
Robert Organ, deputy warden and managing director at the office, said: “Anyone who sells precious metal jewellery or silverware in the UK is required by law to have their work hallmarked if it is over a certain weight.
“We wanted to celebrate the 700-year-old tradition of hallmarking and give newcomers to the industry the opportunity to kick-start their careers, not just with an understanding of their legal obligation, but also with an appreciation of how a hallmark can enhance and add value to their work.”
Prizes will be awarded to the most artistically convincing design, model or finished piece in which precious metal is used with prominence, and where a London hallmark is part of the design.