Kayman Awards

4th February 2008


Kayman AwardThe British Jewellers’ Association has issued a final call for entries to the 2008 Kayman Award for ‘Collections of Mixed-Metal Jewellery’ its prestigious, annual jewellery design competition sponsored by Spring Fair Birmingham.

The competition, which closes on 9 October, 2007, is open to all individual jewellery designers and to jewellery companies operating within the UK.  Collections, which do not necessarily have to have been created especially for the competition, must include at least three complementary pieces comprised of at least two different metals – one of which must be precious and hallmarkable under the new hallmarking legislation.

The first round of judging is done from photographs, but short-listed companies will be asked to submit actual product for a further round of judging in early December. The winners will be announced at the end of January and the winning and highly-commended designs will be displayed on the BJA stand at Spring Fair Birmingham 2008.

In addition to considerable publicity, the winner will also receive £1000 towards the cost of a stand at Spring Fair 2009, £1800 worth of advertorial space in Jewellery in Britain magazine and a trophy to keep by sculptor Jill Berelowitz.

“We feel sure that following the recent  changes to the hallmarking Act many producers may be thinking about launching mixed-metal collections for 2008. The Kayman Award offers  a tremendous opportunity for them to get those designs into the public eye,” says the BJA’s Lindsey Straughton.