The awards, which aimed to celebrate the hallmark and challenge entrants to use creativity in where it is placed on their design, featured six judges who assessed the best designs of a precious metal piece incorporating a UK hallmark.
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Silversmithing Category Winner: Annabel Hood for her design, ‘London’s Leopard’
Jewellery Category Winner: Roxanne Gilbert for the ‘Five Facets Ring’
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’
As well as trophies produced and engraved by Creative Awards, the winners received a host of prizes from some of the industry’s leading figures such as the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, Cooksongold and Stephen Webster.
The event was opened by keynote speaker Richard Fox, who spoke about the Goldsmiths’ Company and its history of supporting the industry and the challenges faced by newcomers.
Commenting on the awards, he said: “It always fascinates me to see such enthusiasm from our young designers and makers. There seems to be a thirst for knowledge. It is wonderful to see so many people who want to make a career in our industry, not the easiest, but probably one of the most rewarding.”
He was followed by Grant Macdonald, who spoke on behalf of the judging panel: “It has been a difficult task for us to come to a unanimous decision on tonight’s winners. We were all very impressed by the quality, ingenuity and the thought process that has gone into these entries.”