Award winning CMJ retailer, Jacobs the Jewellers, is Reading’s oldest independent jewellery retailer and has announced the return of its annual Emerging Designer competition featuring a 9 strong field from Bishopsland Educational Trust. The event combines a virtual show with instore experience, allowing maximum exposure for this gifted group of emerging designers. Those viewing the entrants will be able to vote for their favourite jewellery and silver piece: over 350 votes were cast in 2021.
A detailed programme of social media posts will share the artists’ inspirations and work during the competition. In store and online voting will take place until midnight on 30 June, with the full competition entries and voting being hosted online at https://jacobsthejewellers.com/jewellery/bishopsland-designers/ and instore at Jacobs shop, 25, King Street in Reading.
The results will be announced on 1 July, with the winner of each category securing £250, runners up £100 each, to spend on tools at HS Walsh, one of the UKs leading jewellery tool suppliers, hopefully helping turbo charge the winners’ fledgling careers.
The annual competition has been made possible with Bishopsland Educational Trust through the initiative, collaboration and support of Jacobs the Jewellers, the Goldsmiths’ Centre and HS Walsh.
Adam Jacobs, Partner, Jacobs the Jewellers said “It’s just brilliant to be launching our eighth edition of this competition. It’s grown year on year since inception: in interest, votes cast and breadth of imagination on show. I’d encourage everyone to look to see if they can spot the next big talent in our industry.”
Andrew Willgress from HS Walsh said “I’m really pleased to be part of this fantastic event organised by Jacobs. I last attended in back in July 2018, with the standard of work which was very high, I can’t believe this is going to the 8th edition. Looking forward to attending on Friday 1 July 2022 on behalf of Patrick Sheehan (CEO H S Walsh). Great to be involved in this extra special year for us celebrating our 75th anniversary, alongside Jacobs the Jewellers, Bishopsland Educational Trust, The Goldsmiths’ Centre & Jelly.”