Jacobs are delighted to announce in conjunction withThe Bishopsland Educational Trust, a jewellery design postgraduate course provider based in South Oxfordshire, a pioneering public competition and exhibition for its students at Jacobs the Jewellers' shop in the heart of Reading town centre.

 Eight young Bishopsland based jewellery designers will showcase one piece of silver and one piece of jewellery, competing for best design in each category. In a pioneering exhibition, the public will be able to view and sample the designs between June 2nd and June 20th , voting for their favourite design in each category at Jacobs the Jewellers Reading shop. Any member of the public who votes will be entered into a prize draw to win a Jacobs the Jewellers gift certificate to the value of £250. The winning designers we be presented with a budget of £500 to spend at HS Walsh on jewellery tools and supplies to help them in their careers. 

 The competition has been made possible for the Bishopsland trust through the initiative, co-operation and support of Jacobs the Jewellers, Reading’s leading independent jeweller and the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, a City of London livery company founded in the 13th century to promote the craft of Gold and Silversmiths.

 The exhibition, the first of this type in the area, is a unique opportunity to view stunning jewellery and silver designs of talented young designers of the future. All parties have agreed to support this competition for the next three years demonstrating a commitment to the craft and artists of Bishopsland as well as to Reading town centre as a creative centre in the South East.

  • 1st June 1500 to 1700: Official launch of event at Jacobs with artist presentations & VIPs
  • 2nd June: exhibition & voting start
  • 20th June: exhibition & voting closes
  • 22nd June 1600: announcement of winners at Jacobs with artists and VIPs

“Jacobs the jewellers is delighted to be supporting this unique opportunity for young jewellery designers in the Reading and the Berkshire area, helping the next generation of talent put their creative potential forward” : Adam Jacobs, Jacobs the Jewellers

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 image001The Bishopsland 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.



The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, more commonly known as the Goldsmiths' Company, is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City
of London and received its first royal charter in 1327. Founded to regulate the craft or trade of the goldsmith, the Goldsmiths' Company has been responsible since 1300 for testing the quality of gold, silver and, from 1975, platinum articles. Charity and promotions of the craft are cornerstones of the Company.


HS Walsh have been the leading suppliers of tools and equipment for jewellers and horologists, jewellery findings, clock and watch materials to the jewellery image001and horological trades for more than 65 years and are the largest in the UK. They export to more than 64 countries worldwide.