BAJ students revealed as Winners of the Make Your Mark Awards

BAJ students revealed as Winners of the Make Your Mark Awards

This year’s winners of the Make Your Mark Awards were announced at a VIP drinks reception at London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall on Tuesday 31 October 2017.

The winner of this year’s Jewellery category was recent graduate from the British Academy of Jewellery, Charelle Smith for her Unlock the Hallmark pendant. Judges praised her entry for being an “innovative design with commercial appeal that used hallmarks as an integral part of its functionality”. She was presented with an exclusive coaching session with prestigious jewellery house Garrard, as well as a business consultancy session with FACETS PR and a trophy donated and engraved by Creative Awards.

Fellow British Academy of Jewellery student Catherine McGinty was highly commended in the Jewellery Category for her At This Very Moment in Time brooch, winning an introductory course at Joanna Hardy’s Online Jewellery School.

Both of the winning designers in the Jewellery category have recently completed a Jewellery Manufacturing Level 3 Diploma with our Academy.

Both Charelle and Catherine received prizes from The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office including a tour of the Assay Office and free hallmarking registration including sponsor’s punch.

Dr Robert Organ, Deputy Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, said: “Charelle really cracked the code of what the judges were looking for! She locked in the winning combination of imagination and craftsmanship – and indeed has unlocked the potential for future entries to this innovative competition.  Catherine’s brooch was also an excellently thought out concept – and congratulations to the BAJ for producing both students.  I extend my thanks to our sponsors and everyone who entered”.

The judging panels for this year’s Make Your Mark Awards were made up of renowned silversmith Grant Macdonald; Gordon Hamme, founder and managing director of British Silver Week; Adam Phillips, Account Manager at the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office; jewellery journalist Rachael Taylor; retailer and jewellery designer Harriet Kelsall; and Sarah Carpin, director of jewellery specialist communications agency FACETS PR.

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office’s Make Your Mark Awards invites students and young designers to design a piece of jewellery or silverware that celebrates the London hallmark, the iconic Leopard’s Head.

Head of BAJ, Sofie Boons commented, “Everyone at the Academy are very proud to hear of the achievements of Charelle and Catherine receiving these tremendous accolades. This acknowledgement of their incredible work shows their dedication and masterful skill. As a hub for the next generation of jewellery designers, we nurture and teach our students to adopt traditional techniques and then encourage them to challenge these. We look forward with anticipation to see how both Charelle and Catherine will progress in the next steps in their careers”.

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