Jacobs the Jewellers and the Bishopsland Educational Trust have announced the winners of the Young Designers Competition.
Nine young designers showcased a piece of jewellery and an item of silver at the Reading-based store over a three week period.
Annemarie Reinhold, Jessica Jue, Rebecca Black, Gina Burgess, Rachel Hewison, Rebecca Burt, Lauren Braithwaite, Olivia Cosh-Hall and Korrin Franklin all took part in the competition, with store visitors voting for their favourite pieces.
More than 200 votes were cast, which was more than double the number last year.
An awards ceremony was held at the store last week (30 June), and the Jacobs team were 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.
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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
First prize winners received £350 worth of vouchers to spend on tools or materials to help establish their careers in the jewellery and silver industry, and second prize winners received vouchers worth £150.
Adam Jacobs, owner of Jacobs the Jewellers, said: “This year’s competition has been simply amazing [with] 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.”