The Leopards and The Prince’s Trust

The Leopards are a like-minded group of British designers and jewellery professionals who have come together to celebrate the wonder, art and desire that jewellery inspires. 

Brought together by a passion for their craft and the future of goldsmithing in the UK, The Leopards are partnering with The Prince’s Trust to offer a unique mentoring opportunity to guide and encourage young people into the jewellery industry.

How do I enter the design competition?

Entrants are invited to design a piece of jewellery inspired by the city of London.
The design can be for any part of the body but must be supported by preparatory work in which the link to London is made evident.

Please send us:

  • Your design, inspired by the city of London, on paper, along with supportive preparatory work in which a link to London is made evident
  •  Alongside the design, please send an “About Me” paragraph of no more than 500 words, explaining your circumstances, any challenges you have overcome, why you have sought support from The Prince’s Trust, and what support you’ve received from the charity to date
  • Include your name, address, date of birth, email and phone number at the top of the page


Entries must be sent to Lucy Richards, The Prince's Trust, Prince’s Trust House, 9 Eldon Street, London EC2M 7LS 

Please note: Entrants need to be aged between 16 and 30-years-old and have received support from The Prince’s Trust

When does the competition open and close?

The competition opened on 14th June and closes on 21st August 2017.
What happens once the competition has closed?

  • A shortlist of candidates will be invited to London to present their concept to the Leopards panel
  • Travel expenses will be covered
  • Four young designers will be chosen as winners

What is the prize?

The winners will each receive a valuable and unique mentorship programme by four of London’s most esteemed jewellers: Solange Azagury-Partridge, Theo Fennell, Shaun Leane and Stephen Webster.

Commencing January 2018, the winners will enjoy privileged access to these jewellery houses and work directly with the designers to bring their creation to life.

They will each be assigned a Leopard who will translate their concept into a piece of jewellery suitable for commercial sale, to raise funds in aid of The Prince’s Trust. 

Terms and conditions:

By submitting a design, you agree to be bound by our terms and conditions.

The Gala event
The four winners will be invited to the Leopards’ gala event. On Wednesday 15th November 2017, the Leopards will host a Gala evening at the Goldsmiths’ Hall in London - the home of goldsmithing in London for over 700 years. The gala is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom and will draw attention to the power and glory of the British jewellery industry. It will attract global media attention for the unrivalled community of specialist craftspeople and designers working within the industry. Travel expenses will be covered.

1.    The competition will run from 14 June to 21 August 2017;
2.    To enter the competition, submit your design, with supporting preparatory work (showing how the design is inspired by the city of London), and your “about me” paragraph, to the following address: Lucy Richards, The Prince's Trust, Prince’s Trust House, 9 Eldon Street, London EC2M 7LS 
3.    Competition entries will be longlisted and the longlist judged by judges including the Leopards, designated staff of The Trust and our designated partners at Vogue magazine, who will then go on to meet a shortlist before identifying four winning entries;
4.    By submitting an entry to the competition, you accept that the decision of the judges as to the winners and runners-up of the Competition will be final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into with respect to this decision;
5.    By entering the competition, you confirm that you are eligible to do so. The Prince’s Trust may require you to provide proof that you are eligible to enter the competition;
6.    There is a limit of one entry to the competition per person;
7.    All designs entered into the competition must be the entrant’s own work;
8.    All entrants have the right to withdraw their entry prior to 21st August 2017 by emailing lucy.richards@princes-trust.org.uk
9.    The Prince’s Trust will not accept:
a.    responsibility for Competition entries that are lost, mislaid, damaged or delayed in transit, regardless of cause, including, for example, as a result of any postal failure, equipment failure, technical malfunction, systems, satellite, network, server, computer, hardware or software failure of any kind; or 
b.    proof of posting or transmission as proof of receipt of entry to the Competition. 
10.    The Prince’s Trust reserves the right to cancel, modify or supersede the competition at any time if, in its sole discretion, the competition is not capable of being conducted as specified;
11.    Entrants must be aged 16-30 on 21st August 2017;
12.    Designs must be received by The Prince’s Trust no later than 21st August 2017. All design entries received after this date will be automatically disqualified;
13.    Due to the volume of designs received, The Prince’s Trust cannot guarantee the return of unsuccessful designs to the entrant;
14.    Shortlisted entries may be featured in any or all of: The Prince’s Trust website, Vogue website or in Vogue magazine;
15.    Winners will be announced in October 2017, with designs showcased at the Leopards’ event at Goldsmiths Hall in London on Wednesday 15 November 2017;
16.    Mentorship programmes will commence in January 2018, lasting between one and three months. The mentorship programmes will be based in London;
17.    Rights and ownership of the winning designs will be granted to The Leopards.