Winners of the Make Your Mark Awards revealed
November 2017 – 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 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 sesson with prestigious jewellery house Garrard, as well as a business consultancy session with FACETS PR and a trophy donated and engraved by Creative Awards.
Smith said of her design: “The purpose of the piece is to educate the wearer. When the hallmark is lined up with the diamond, the diamond end can be removed from its casing and reveal a hidden vial. The inspiration derives from mechanisms and is made in the same way as a combination lock – when the hallmarks are aligned, hidden treasures can be unlocked.”
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 at the British Academy of Jewellery.