Annabel Hood, a 3rd year Jewellery & Silversmithing – BA (Hons) student, was selected as a winner in the inaugural Make your Mark Awards, which was led by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office. Annabel was announced as the winner in the Silversmithing category at a ceremony in the Goldsmiths’ Hall in London on 1st November 2016. The prize-giving was part of the annual Make Your Mark student event, the UK’s biggest careers event for apprentices and students of jewellery and allied trades.

Annabel’s winning work was a hand-raised beaker design of the symbol for the British Assay offices in London – a leopard’s head – which would be made from sterling silver. The brief was to design a piece which incorporated a UK hallmark.

The prize includes mentorship from experts in silversmithing, access to additional workshops, and funding for the materials to make the design into a finished piece.

“I’m utterly stunned to have won the Award, and I’m really looking forward to the opportunities it is going to bring," said Annabel, "I’m also really looking forward to making the piece.”

Dr Robert Organ, Deputy Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office said, “This is the first time that we have run the Make Your Mark Awards and I was delighted that we had such a large number of entries demonstrating a wide range of creativity and approaches to tackling the brief.”

“I was very impressed with the ‘London’s Leopard’ beaker, which stood out amongst the silversmithing entries,” said one of the judges of the prize, Stewart Hersey, who will also be mentoring Annabel as she creates the piece, “Annabel had thought about the use of the hallmark and has applied it to a simple but strong design. I am looking forward to helping Annabel get it made in the new year.”.