BAJ Launches Pins of Praise Competition

The British Academy of Jewellery is proud to announce the launch of its Pins of Praise design competition in support of NHS staff and volunteers working to save lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Open to both BAJ students and the general public, the competition challenges participants to design a brooch pin that can be sold to raise money for NHS Charities Together, a membership organisation representing and supporting over 250 NHS charities.

By opening this competition to the public, BAJ hopes to bring the wider jewellery community together as a force for good that can contribute positively to society at this challenging time. The initiative’s broader focus also allows our students to display their work alongside that of industry professionals, while providing a platform where skilled jewellers – many of whom have been affected by temporary workshop closures – can participate and put their expertise to good use.

All work will be judged by a panel of professional jewellers and NHS workers, who will select three finalists. An overall winner will then be chosen from this shortlist. The winning design will be produced and sold through the BAJ website, with all profits going to NHS Charities Together.
“Here at BAJ, we’d like to thank the brave doctors, nurses and paramedics who have cared for those affected by Covid-19,” said Kate Rieppel, Head of Academy at BAJ. “The Pins of Praise competition is our way of recognising and honouring efforts of the medical community during the health crisis. We can’t wait to see all the different creative designs that entrants will send in.”

Entries should be able to be 3D printed in one piece and should be suitable for creation in either steel or gold-plated steel. Designs must be no larger than 20mm x 20mm x 5mm and should be submitted as a rendered drawing and an STL file, accompanied by a short statement explaining the piece’s inspiration.

To enter, and for further information and competition terms and conditions, go to https://baj.ac.uk/pinsofpraise. Entries must be submitted by midnight on 15th July 2020.

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