Birmingham manufacturer Hockley Mint officially launched its jewellery design competition at Jewellery & Watch trade fair yesterday (February 5).
The commemorative design competition will celebrate the company’s 25th year in business in 2017.
Visitors, press and customers attended a champagne reception held on the company’s stand to celebrate its anniversary and the launch of the new design competition.
The competition is offering the chance for jewellery designers to create a unique, one-off piece of jewellery that represents Hockley Mint’s standing in the industry and commemorates 25 years in business.
The winning jewellery piece will be made in Fairtrade silver and may contain elements of Fairtrade gold. It will be cast by Hockley Mint and unveiled at the International Jewellery London (IJL) show in September 2017.
It will then be displayed in Hockley Mint’s refurbished boardroom to commemorate the 25th anniversary. The winner will be presented with a version of the design at the IJL show, and will also receive prize money of £250.
Gary Wroe managing director of Hockley Mint said: “At Hockley Mint we are passionate about supporting new talent and keeping those all-important jewellery manufacturing and design skills here in Britain.
“To mark our achievement of 25 years in the industry, we are thrilled to officially launch our design competition and look forward to seeing how people are inspired by our company to create something beautiful as a fitting anniversary commemoration.”
Entries will be judged by a team of leading industry professionals including Michael Rawlinson chief executive officer of the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ); contemporary jewellery designer Diana Porter; Poppy Elder, new product development manager at Hockley Mint; and Sarah Carpin, director of specialist jewellery and watch communications agency Facets PR.