Sarah makes mark with civic medallion

Jean Barr, Mayoress of Chesterfield is presented with the special Diamond Jubilee medallion from Sarah Stevenson.
Jean Barr, Mayoress of Chesterfield is presented with the special Diamond Jubilee medallion from Sarah Stevenson.

A Sheffield graduate has won a competition to design a new medallion for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to be used on civic occasions.

Sarah Stevenson, who studied at Sheffield Hallam University, created the adornment in silver, with gold plating, for the Mayoress of Chesterfield.

The medallion counterweight will be fixed to the Mayoress’s collarette that is worn on civic occasions when she accompanies the Mayor.

Its production was paid for using prize money awarded to Chesterfield Council after the Mayor’s office won the title of National Civic Office in 2011.

A council spokeswoman said: “Sheffield Assay office suggested we approach the university to see if the degree students would submit designs. The tutor at the university, Jeff Durbar, approached graduates from the degree programme in Metalwork and Jewellery and the final design was selected.”

The design has been laser- marked at the Sheffield Assay Office with a hallmark and a further inscription of ‘Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee 2012’.