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This year’s winner was Mandy Holloway from Bedfordshire who voted for a beautiful 18 carat gold hinged pendant necklace with tourmaline and aquamarine by jeweller Jinks McGrath.

Jinks designs and handcrafts bespoke pieces in high carat gold, silver and precious gemstones. She draws her inspiration from the designs of English Medieval jewellery and the splendour of Moghul treasures. From her workshop Jinks also runs an annual program of jewellery courses and has authored several books on jewellery-making for students. Jinks shares her expertise with charitable organisation in establishing jewellery workshops and jewellery training programs around the world, including Thailand, Nepal, Jordan and Myanmar.

This year’s North Star Competition was kindly sponsored by Argex.

Located in Birmingham, Argex Limited was founded in 1994 and very rapidly established itself as a reputed supplier of semi-finished items for the production of silver cutlery, hollow-ware and jewellery. Today Argex is recognised throughout the UK as a leading stockist of sheets, discs, wires, rods, tubes, coils/strips, anodes and many other semi-finished formats in various silver alloys.

The company has built its reputation on the highest possible quality standards, constant quality control, prompt delivery times and competitive pricing. Thanks to these core values, Argex has developed a comprehensive sales-network within the UK silversmithing and jewellery sectors.