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BAJ launches competition in aid of NHS Charities Together

The British Academy of Jewellery (BAJ) has announced the launch of its Pins of Praise design competition in support of NHS and frontline staff amid the ongoing pandemic. 

The competition is open to both BAJ students and the public, and asks participants to design a brooch pin that can be sold to raise money for NHS Charities Together, which supports over 250 NHS charities.

BAJ has opened the competition to the public in the hope to “bring the wider jewellery community together as a force for good that can contribute positively to society at this challenging time”.

All entries should be able to be 3D printed in one piece, and be suitable for creation in either steel or gold-plated steel. 

Designs must also be no larger than 20mm x 20mm x 5mm and should be submitted as a rendered drawing and an STL file, accompanied by a short statement explaining its inspiration.

The entries will then be judged by a panel of professional jewellers and NHS workers, who will select three finalists. An overall winner will later be chosen from a shortlist.

The winning design will be produced and sold through the BAJ website, with all profits going to NHS Charities Together.

Kate Rieppel, head of academy at BAJ, said: “Here at BAJ, we’d like to thank the brave doctors, nurses and paramedics who have cared for those affected by Covid-19.

“The Pins of Praise competition is our way of recognising and honouring efforts of the medical community during the health crisis. We can’t wait to see all the different creative designs that entrants will send in.”

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