Chance to set your jewellery designs in stone

A competition to create a unique piece of jewellery inspired by the Great Yorkshire Show and rural life is being launched by the organisers of England�"s premier agricultural event. In what is a �Sfirst⬝, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society is inviting budding designers to submit their ideas for a charm to be made from silver and Whitby jet, and the winners may see their designs put into production and available to buy. The competition is being run in conjunction with W Hamond, The Original Whitby Jet Shop and builds on their partnership with the Great Yorkshire organisers. Two years ago the company launched their popular Great Yorkshire Show collection, which included three charms - a rosette, a tractor and a Yorkshire rose.

A competition to create a unique piece of jewellery inspired by the Great Yorkshire Show and rural life is being launched by the organisers of England�"s premier agricultural event. In what is a �Sfirst⬝, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society is inviting budding designers to submit their ideas for a charm to be made from silver and Whitby jet, and the winners may see their designs put into production and available to buy. The competition is being run in conjunction with W Hamond, The Original Whitby Jet Shop and builds on their partnership with the Great Yorkshire organisers. Two years ago the company launched their popular Great Yorkshire Show collection, which included three charms - a rosette, a tractor and a Yorkshire rose.

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Budding jewellery designers may see their ideas quite literally set in stone.

Whitby’s historic and original jet shop, W Hamond, has teamed up with the organisers of the country’s biggest agricultural show to launch a new competition.

In what is a “first”, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society is inviting budding designers, inspired by the Great Yorkshire Show and rural life, to submit their ideas for a charm to be made from silver and Whitby jet, and the winners may see their designs put into production and available to buy.

Hamond’s which is based on Church Street and has been creating jewellery made from Whitby Jet since 1860, launched its Great Yorkshire Show collection two years ago.

It included three charms - a rosette, a tractor and a Yorkshire rose.

Bill Cowling, Show Director said: “The Great Yorkshire Show appeals to so many different interests but this is something new and exciting for us. “It is an amazing opportunity to see an idea through from concept to production and create something beautiful and iconic which potentially could last for generations.”

There are two categories –18 years and under over 19s.

Both winners will see their designs become reality, receive tickets for this year’s Great Yorkshire Show and have the opportunity to tour the W Hamond workshop. which is still based in Whitby and uses the best of traditional and modern methods.

The deadline for entries is Friday 28 March 28.

For details of the competition www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk or email Charlotte Russell on charlotter@yas.co.uk or by post to Charlotte Russell, W Hamond Whitby Jet Competition, Regional Agricultural Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ.

The Great Yorkshire Show attracts over 135,000 visitors. Dates for this year’s event are Tuesday 8 – Thursday 10 July. Tickets go on sale on Monday 3 March.

Hamond’s was established by local man James Storr capitalising on the trend at the time.