The trophy, created by the team at the university’s School of Jewellery, will be awarded annually to a student valuer who has demonstrated “outstanding” potential or achievement.
As part of their research, student jewellers Alison Fowler, Conor Maher and Nicholas Brewer discovered that some of the oldest receipts for silver are written in Sumerian cuneiform and plan to include this detail within their trophy design too.
The trophy will be unveiled at the JVA Registered Valuer conference, which runs from 10 – 12 September 2021.
Heather McPherson, fellow of the Jewellery Valuers Association, said: “I have always championed education within the world of jewellery valuing and therefore thought a fitting legacy would be to donate an award to be presented annually to a valuation student who has demonstrated outstanding potential or achievement.
“To further celebrate and encourage the next generation of all those entering our wonderful industry I decided that the best way to achieve my aim was to commission an original piece designed and made by students from the School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University.”