Queensmith Jewellers partners with BAJ to promote rising talent
Queensmith, an independent manufacturing jeweller based in London’s Hatton Garden, has partnered with the British Academy of Jewellery (BAJ) for a talent-driven event that took place at Queensmith’s showroom and workshop on Tuesday night.
The event spotlighted the next generation of artisans from BAJ’s jewellery design and manufacturing course, providing a platform for them to showcase their skills in a real-world setting.
As a part of their course, these students were briefed to design and craft mandalas, all of which were selected for exhibition at Queensmith’s London showroom. A panel of judges, composed of Queensmith’s senior leadership team, evaluated the intricate designs and craftsmanship of each student’s work, eventually naming the top three prize winners.
This collaboration underscores Queensmith’s dedication to fostering emerging talent within the industry and offering invaluable opportunities for careers in jewellery manufacturing.
The first prize was won by an “exceptionally talented” student, Jarryd Krog, whose mandala design stood out for its originality and fine craftsmanship. The grand prize offers the winner an unparalleled opportunity to spend a day in Queensmith’s workshop. Here, they will have the chance to bring their winning design to life in gold, under the supervision of Queensmith’s expert goldsmiths.
Monique Daniels Daw, manufacturing director at Queensmith, said: “We firmly believe in encouraging the talent that the jewellery industry has to offer. This collaboration with the BAJ is an important step towards providing these aspiring jewellery designers with the exposure and experience they need to excel in their careers.”
Queensmith already employs six BAJ alumni and as they look to double their manufacturing capabilities over the next two years, they will continue to provide career opportunities to aspiring jewellers.
Reflecting on their shared commitment to nurturing emerging talent and the importance of practical learning experiences, Lily Henderson, the BAJ jewellery diploma coordinator said: “BAJ and Queensmith share a common commitment to pave clear, viable career paths for students transitioning from academia to the dynamic world of the jewellery industry. This collaborative event serves as a crucial platform, providing our learners with a golden opportunity to gain priceless, hands-on experience and exposure in a real-world scenario.”