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Winners Shine at Awards Presentation

Jacobs the Jewellers and the Bishopsland Educational Trust, together with sponsors the Goldsmiths’ Centre and HS Walsh, announced the winners of the fourth year of the annual Young Designer Competition.

Five young Bishopsland designers - Abigail Asher, Takuya Kamiyama, Naomi Scott, Esme Tanner and Yirong Zhu took part in the exciting Young Designer Competition held at Jacobs from 19th June – 6th July. Each participant showcased an item of silver as well as a piece of jewellery.  Over the three-week period, visitors to the store voted for their favourite jewellery design as well as their preferred silver object. Dedicated customers and first-time visitors were captivated by the novel and stylish designs.  The competition attracted a record number of public votes – over 250 votes were cast, the results were as follows:

Jewellery Silver          
Esme Tanner with 'Wiggle necklace'   Takuya Kamiyama with 'Pair of Beakers'

The winners each received £350 worth of vouchers to spend on tools or materials to help establish their careers in the jewellery and silver industry plus a framed presentation certificate.

Adam Jacobs, owner of Jacobs the Jewellers commented “I’m delighted with this year’s competition and thank the gang for their efforts in creating another set of standout designs. Thank you to the Bishopsland team, our co-sponsors and customers for their continued interest and support.”

Oliver Makower, Vice Principal, Bishopsland was equally happy, "This is a very special competition which gives Bishopsland’s young talented emerging silversmiths and jewellers the opportunity to experience exhibiting their work in a local high-quality retail environment. Combined with the public vote it’s an invaluable experience for them."

Peter Taylor, Director, The Goldsmiths Centre said: “The Trustees of the Goldsmiths’ Centre are delighted to have had the opportunity to support this showcase for Bishopsland at Jacobs the Jewellers. All of the participants are to be congratulated on producing pieces that have sparked the public’s imagination, we wish them every success in the future.”

Andrew Willgress, representing HS Walsh commented: “Glad to be involved with this fantastic project which promotes the future of the trade”.

For press enquiries and interviews please contact:

Adam Jacobs, Owner
Jacobs the Jewellers            
25, King St, Reading
011 8 959 0790

Suzanne Stallard, Director
Jelly Arts
07702 422353
Glyn Mcintosh
Bishopsland Educational Trust
07557 994732

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The Bishopsland Educational Trust is an internationally recognised, post graduate residential course, a bridge between university and professional life as a silversmith or jeweller. There is equal concentration on silversmithing skills and the professional skills needed to be able to work successfully as a self-employed maker. This integrated approach makes the course unique.


Jacobs the Jewellers is a nationally-renowned, award-winning Jacobs, established in 1948, is Berkshire’s leading independent jeweller, well known across Berkshire and the South East. Offering exquisite jewellery, silver, watches, superior presentation pieces and excellent levels of customer service; as well as our skilled on-site workshop and the only in-house CAD bespoke service in the immediate area.

The Goldsmiths’ Centre is the UK’s leading charity for the professional training of goldsmiths. Founded by the Goldsmiths’ Company in 2007, its mission is to advance, maintain and develop art, craft, design and artisan skills related to goldsmithing, jewellery, and the allied trades.

HS Walsh, Awarded a Royal Warrant to the Queen in 2016 Walsh are one of the leading suppliers of tools and equipment for jewellers and horologists. They have been supplying, Jewellery findings, clock and watch materials to the jewellery and horological trades for more than 65 years and export to more than 87 countries worldwide. Their service is backed up by knowledgeable staff who are always prepared to go that extra mile to ensure that the “customer” is 100% satisfied.

Jelly Arts is an energetic charity championing the creative arts. Jelly has played a strategic role in Reading’s cultural life since 1993 – enabling art to appear in unexpected places and creating opportunities for people to look on and join in. We believe in the power of the arts to delight, intrigue, challenge and enrich, and we're committed to forming creative alliances and partnerships that encourage art and cultural life to flourish. This summer, Jelly launch their annual Open for Art festival - a celebration of all things creative - from pop-up arts exhibitions, workshops and master classes, performances, walking tours, knitting picnics, trails, live art, heritage trails and an Open Air Art Challenge. Open for Art runs from Friday 30 June till Sunday 2 July and sets to be a fantastic weekend.