The 2017 / 18 Competition

These awards have helped to launch the careers of many eminent craftspeople in the industry and are the only peer reviewed awards in the industry's calendar. Fondly known as the 'Oscars of the Industry' they reward outstanding technical skill and design ability.
The Awards are open to anyone in the United Kingdom engaged in designing or working with precious metals, gemstones and other allied materials. There are three main categories for entering work and we encourage all members of the trade to enter. Click here for full details of the Rules and Regulations.
Everyone is encouraged to enter these Awards which is the industry's primary competition that rewards technical excellence and design innovation.

PLEASE NOTE:
The online application facility for the 2017/18 competition will be available later this autumn.
Download the current Competition Form for 2017/18 below for information and guidance.


COMPETITION SECTION BRIEFS 2017/18

Craftsmanship & Design Awards

DESIGN SECTIONS 2D

1. SILVERSMITHS
Design a piece of silversmithing that is inspired by a place, person, occasion or celebration.  

2. SMALLWORKERS
Design a piece of smallwork that is inspired by a place, person, occasion or celebration.  

3. MEDALS (Sponsored by Cleave & Company Ltd.)
MEDAL
a) Design a medal acknowledging physical achievements of young people in any sphere of activity and also the striped, coloured ribbon on which it will hang.



DESIGN SECTIONS 2D INFO
• Any boxed work not to exceed 20mm in depth
• Any design submitted can be entered in one section only
• Do not put your artwork in a plastic cover
• Maximum sizes for 2D artwork as shown:
1. SILVERSMITHS A1
2. SMALLWORKERS A2
3. MEDALS A2
4. FASHION JEWELLERY A3
5. JEWELLERY DESIGN A3
6. FAIRTRADE JEWELLERY DESIGN A3
7. CAD PRESENTATION A2

MEDALLION
b) Martin Luther King proclaimed "I have a dream". Re-examine his momentous speech in a medallion to capture what has been realised over the intervening years.

This Special Award by Cleave & Company ltd. is looking for creative ideas and a sound understanding of translating these into the production of a medal or medallion. The winning entrant will receive a cash prize. Information on definitions and characteristics relating to medals and medallions can be found at the end of this page. 

4. FASHION JEWELLERY (Sponsored by QVC UK)
Celebrating Women - design a piece of fashion jewellery that celebrates women and womanhood. Draw on history, modernity and the changing role of women to inspire your design. Alex Munro has written this design brief. This special award by QVC UK will be given for exciting and creative ideas, the winning entrant will receive a cash prize and needs to be available for future publicity.

5. JEWELLERY DESIGN (Sponsored by A. E. Ward & Son Ltd.)
Using coloured gemstones of any type, shape or cut, design a fine jewellery pendant and earrings that relay a message, story, season, act of nature or personal expression across these interrelated jewels. Coloured gemstones must be a predominant feature in your proposal.

This special award by A. E. Ward & Son Ltd. will be given for original and innovative ideas in response to the brief, the winning entrant will receive a cash prize.

6. FAIRTRADE JEWELLERY DESIGN (Sponsored by Ingle & Rhode)
Design a fine jewellery ring, pendant or pair of earrings that are sympathetic, symbolic and supportive to the natural world and global preservation issues. This will be a one-off exclusive jewel, cast and hand finished in 9ct, 14ct or 18ct Fairtrade gold (white, yellow or rose, or in combinations) to a maximum of 15gms (finished weight), and incorporating up to a total of 0.3ct of round brilliant cut white diamonds (to be no smaller than 0.8mm diameter/approximately 0.003ct).

This new special award by Ingle & Rhode seeks to identify and reward creative design for ethical fine jewellery. The winning entrant, (who retains copyright on their design), will have the opportunity to liaise with Ingle & Rhode and oversee the production of their design, exclusively using ethically sourced precious metals and gems. The finished jewel will be donated to the Fairtrade Foundation and the winner of this special award will receive a cash prize.

7. CAD PRESENTATION: creative & technical skills
Design a piece of jewellery, silverware or an ornamental object that is inspired by nature and the natural world. Free form shapes and colour should feature in your design.

Your design must be able to be manufactured, your entry will also be judged on this criteria, so you must give clear/explicit details of how it might be fabricated and the various processes you would choose to use for its eventual manufacture. This includes how the various colours in your design are to be added, whether through the use of gemstones, enamels or some other process, you are free to choose.

We want you to push the boundaries of manufacturing and designing with CAD. You must also indicate within your application which CAD program/s you have used and the drawings, plus your application needs to convey enough information to the judging panel about how you intended to create or manufacture your design.

We require you to submit two separate CAD drawings:
1.       A mounted, maximum size A2, fully rendered isometric view that presents your proposal to its best. It should be clear and make the details easy to interpret as a finished piece
2.     A mounted, maximum size A2 un-rendered and more ‘technical drawing’ with the correctly aligned traditional top, front, side and isometric views of your design.  

For file resolution, if your manufacturing solution is to be 3D Printed in some way, indicating how many triangles your file contains will be considered positively by the judging panel.

DESIGN SECTIONS 3D FINISHED PIECES

Entries will be primarily judged on creative ideas and design merit, with due consideration given to the standard of craftsmanship. Pieces entered in sections 8 -14 can be submitted in one section only, with the exception of section 14 where appropriate technology has been used and demonstrated. Work in these sections can also be entered in any of the relevant craft sections 15 – 24.

8. SILVERSMITHS
Any larger scale work for functional and/or decoration for example: tableware, ecclesiastical, vessels etc. can be entered in this section. Judges will be looking for exciting and creative ideas and design originality.

9. SMALLWORKERS
Definition of Smallwork
Personalised items that can contain, display and hold. These traditionally employ skills and techniques that produce rich surface decoration and incorporate both intricate mechanisms and precise function to produce items of intriguing detail and/or hidden features. Smallwork can be functional products or purely objects of art, and typically, decorative processes used may include engraving, enamelling, engine turning, setting etc.    

10. PRODUCTION JEWELLERY (Sponsored by Vipa Designs Ltd.)
Entries will be judged on design innovation and commercial viability, with particular attention given to the potential for reproduction using appropriate technology and manufacturing processes. Quality of craftsmanship and finish will also be taken into consideration.
Entrants would benefit from providing a visual explanation of the concept behind their product, including information that illustrates any significant features of the design in a simple A5 format.

This special award by Vipa Designs Ltd. seeks to encourage, identify and reward good design that can be successfully manufactured using production techniques. The winning entrant will receive a cash prize.

11. FASHION LED CONCEPTUAL JEWELLERY
Entries for jewellery or body adornment in any combinations of materials will be judged on concepts, creative design and innovation. Judges encourage you to work to a high standard of manufacture.

12. PRECIOUS JEWELLERY in Silver (Sponsored by IJL)
Any item in silver may be submitted. Entries will be primarily judged on design merit but you are encouraged to work to a high standard of craftsmanship.

13. PRECIOUS JEWELLERY in Gold, Palladium, Platinum (Sponsored by IJL)
Any item in gold, palladium or platinum may be submitted. Entries will be primarily judged on design merit but you are encouraged to work to a high standard of craftsmanship.

Presented by Special Patrons International Jewellery London, the UK’s only dedicated jewellery trade exhibition. The overall winner of this award from sections 12 or 13 will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to have their work showcased at the IJL 2018 event.

14. TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION AWARD (Sponsored by The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office)
Entrants should submit specific 3D pieces to this section that demonstrates technological innovation in creative design. Finished pieces submitted to other sections can also be considered where appropriate technology has been a significant element in the design and construction. Entrants to this section MUST identify and list ALL software used as well as the technologies and processes employed in the creation of their entry.

This special award by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office celebrates the use and contribution that technology is now playing/making in our profession. The winner of this exciting prize will have demonstrated innovative use of technology through the production of 3D jewellery, smallwork or silverware. The winner will receive a cash prize and also be entitled to free registration and a hallmarking punch at the London Assay Office.

CRAFT SECTIONS

The following information applies to ALL craft sections, please read this carefully as well as the rules and regulations.

Entries will be judged on technical ability and excellence of craft skills. However, and where appropriate, originality, creativity and presentation will be taken into consideration. The only exception is section 24b (where visual qualities and striking aesthetics are sought). Materials and methods of manufacture used must be specified i.e. hand, production, technological processes etc.

If several specialist craftsmen for different sections enter an item, these details need to be submitted separately. Where relevant, articles submitted must be in a finished condition. Entrants are encouraged to submit in precious metals wherever possible and such entries must conform to hallmarking legislation if applicable.

Junior entrants may submit samples of different techniques not necessarily finished pieces i.e. Setters   

15. SILVERSMITHS
J) Junior                 S) Senior
Any larger scale work for functional and/or decoration for example: tableware, ecclesiastical, vessels etc. can be entered in this section. Judges will be looking for technical competence and fine craftsmanship.

16. POLISHERS (Sponsored by WALSH)
J) Junior                 S) Senior
This new special award seeks to identify and reward top quality polishing in any item of 3D work entered in this section, the winning entrant will receive a cash prize.

17. CHASERS
J) Junior                 S) Senior
Any article may be submitted formed by hand chasing and/or repoussé from sheet metal.

18. SMALLWORKERS & MODEL MAKERS
J) Junior                 S) Senior
Objects d’art or scale models that have the potential to be formed in precious metals, including watches. Materials and methods of manufacture used must be specified i.e. hand, production, technological processes etc.

19. MODELLERS (Sponsored by Hean Studio Ltd.)
Any sculpted subject, including medals, may be submitted in any media e.g. wax, plastics, wood, plaster etc. With any finished work, you must list all processes undertaken following the modelling stage up to completion i.e. chasing, filing, carving, polishing etc.
If CAD/CAM/RP/3D printing is used you must state what you have employed and the extent to which this has been used. Materials and methods of manufacture used must be specified i.e. hand, production, technological processes etc.

This special award by Hean Studio is looking to identify quality modelling and artistic sculpting skills. The winning entrant will receive a cash prize.

20. JEWELLERS (Sponsored by Brown & Newirth)
This section, sponsored by Special Patrons Brown & Newirth, is designed to identify and reward high quality hand craft skills demonstrated on fine jewellery as opposed to the traditional making skills of the diamond mounter as in section 21. Two examples from previous competitions are the Gold Awards of Ornella Iannuzzi’s Pendant, self-employed (left) and the Pendant by Matthew Powell of Crown Jewellers Ltd. (right).

As well as the kudos of winning this special award by Brown & Newirth they will receive a cash prize. 

21. DIAMOND MOUNTERS (Sponsored by Catherine Best)
J) Junior                 S) Senior
Judges would prefer to see unset items but this doesn’t preclude set, finished jewellery.
Materials and methods of manufacture used must be specified i.e. hand, production, technological processes etc. with percentages apportioned to each.

This special award by Catherine Best seeks to reward hand making skills and talent in diamond mounting. The winning entrant will receive a cash prize.

22. SETTERS
J) Junior                 S) Senior
Judges would prefer to see more than one type of setting technique utilised wherever possible up to a maximum of 3 styles/pieces. Materials and setting techniques employed must be specified i.e. hand, micro etc. with percentages apportioned to each.  

23. ENGRAVERS, DIE SINKERS & SEAL ENGRAVERS
J) Junior                 S) Senior
Any type of hand engraving on metal or dies and seals may be submitted.

24. ENAMELLERS & ENAMEL PAINTERS 

There are now two options in this section to encourage and accommodate both the established technical excellence using traditional enamelling techniques and processes, and for the first time, a category inviting enamellers who experiment, explore and seek visual qualities and striking aesthetics in their designs.

If entering 24b, this work cannot then be entered into any of the other 3D finished pieces sections (8 – 13). The exception is section 14, where appropriate technology has been used and demonstrated. Work submitted into the enamelling section, both a & b, can also be entered in any of the relevant craft sections 15 – 24. If entering 24a, this work can be submitted in either 24b or in ONE of the design sections 3D finished pieces 8-13. 

A. ENAMELLERS & ENAMEL PAINTERS - CRAFT

     J) Junior      S) Senior

Any enamelled or enamel painted subject using traditional techniques allied to the jewellers and silversmiths craft may be submitted.

B. ENAMELLERS 3D FINISHED PIECES - DESIGN

Any design-led enamelled jewellery, objects and silversmithing using traditional/or non-traditional enamelling techniques may be submitted. 

Entries will be primarily judged on creative ideas and design merit, with due consideration given to the standard of craftsmanship. This is the same judging criteria as in the 3D design sections 8-14.     

OTHER PATRON SPECIAL AWARDS

WORSHIPFUL COMPANY of THE GOLD AND SILVER WYRE DRAWERS AWARDS
These awards seek to encourage and reward innovative design incorporating wire in all its forms across jewellery, smallwork and silversmithing. All appropriate entries will qualify from any section in the competition and will be selected for consideration by judging panels across the competition. A judging panel of industry experts will make the final decision on these special awards. The Award winners will receive cash prizes.
Further details of these awards are available from www.gswd.co.uk

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of JEWELLERS AWARD
This award seeks to identify, reward and promote creative and distinctive jewellery, which at the same time has the potential to be commercially viable. All appropriate jewellery entries will be considered and recommended by judges from relevant sections in the competition. A judging panel of industry experts will make the final decision on this special award.
The winner will receive a cash prize and a full-page advertisement in the Association’s membership magazine The Jeweller.    
Further details about this award are available from www.jewellers-online.org

THE BOODLES FINE JEWELLERY AWARD
This award by Boodles is looking for an exclusive piece of fine jewellery elegantly designed and beautifully made. In essence, the sponsors seek to identify and reward a combination of fine design and great craftsmanship in a piece of jewellery. All appropriate jewellery entries will be considered and recommended by judging panels from all relevant sections in the competition. A judging panel of industry experts will make the final decision on this award.

This will be unique in the competition and the winning entry needs to reflect Boodles ethos and International reputation for quality fine jewellery. As well as the kudos from this special award, the winner will receive a cash prize. 

THE THEO FENNELL APPRENTICE & MASTER AWARD
An award specifically designed to highlight, celebrate and record the importance and unique partnership between the quality craft skills of an apprentice and their master. This exciting incentive and special award aims to promote high quality apprentice work and equally recognise the significant contribution of their skilled master.

Therefore, the award is looking to attract, identify and celebrate high standards of hand craft skills across any apprentice discipline from work submitted in the competition.  This special award is for an apprentice and their master alike. Please tick the box on the entry form. This award is open to registered apprentices only.

THE PODOLSKY AWARD
This special award is for a young designer or craftsman showing outstanding potential in silversmithing, jewellery or the allied crafts up to the age of 30. All gold award winning entries that qualify for this award will be judged by a dedicated panel of industry experts, the winner will receive a cash prize.

GEM-A DIAMOND COURSES
These courses are open to all entries that include gem material/s in their submissions. Applicants should indicate their wish to be considered for this award by ticking the entry form box and submitting a 200-word typed statement which demonstrates how the scholarship would influence and benefit their skills and future designs. 

Further details of the award are available from www.gem-a.com or email Charles.evans@gem-a.com or phone 0207 404 3334

OTHER SPECIAL PATRON AWARDS

THE BAIRD & Co LIMITED AWARD
This award will be selected from gold award winners across all relevant sections in the competition. Special Patrons Baird & Co Limited will be looking for an appropriate piece that could demonstrate good practical use of their exclusive 999 silver or gold products - fine gold 999.

The winner of this special award would also be invited to participate in a promotion by exhibiting their piece within Baird’s London showroom post the completion of the 2018 competition.   

MAJOR AWARDS

THE COLLEGE TROPHY
This prestigious annual award is given to the college or university that has achieved the highest total of points accumulated from any gold, silver and bronze prizes in the competition.  The winner of the College Trophy will receive a prize of tool vouchers.  

2D DESIGNER AWARD
This award has been created to highlight the importance and value that 2D design plays in the industry. The Council will, where appropriate, judge the best Gold Award winning entries within the 2D design sections of the competition.  The winner of the award will receive a cash prize.

JUNIOR AWARD
This award is given at the discretion of the Council for a piece or range of work made by a junior that is judged to have achieved the highest standard of craftsmanship and/or design. This is applicable to an entrant in any of the craft and design sections who has been given a top (gold) award in the competition as a junior. This criteria is different to that of the Cartier and Goldsmiths’ Company Awards. The winner of this award will receive a cash prize.

SENIOR AWARD
This award is given at the discretion of the Council for a piece or range of work made by a senior that is judged to have achieved the highest standard of craftsmanship and/or design. This is applicable to an entrant in any of the craft and design sections who has been given a top (gold) award in the competition as a senior. This criteria is different to that of the Cartier and Goldsmiths’ Company Awards. The winner of the award will receive a cash prize.

PREMIER AWARDS

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL
A specially designed silver medal sponsored and produced by Thomas Fattorini Ltd. is given by the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council in recognition of the recipient’s outstanding contribution and commitment to the craft and industry of silversmithing, jewellery and the allied trades.

GRAFF JEWELLERY AWARD
This new premier award by Graff as a Principal Patron to the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council, seeks to identify, reward and celebrate fine diamond jewellery of originality, meticulous detail and distinction. Judges will be looking for jewellery that reflects GRAFF’s house style of luxury, innovation and excellence, where diamonds need to be the predominant precious gemstone.

All appropriate jewellery entries will be considered and recommended by judging panels from relevant sections in the competition. A judging panel of industry experts, including members of the Graff family, will then make the final decision on this special award.

This will be a first in the competition and the winning entry needs to reflect Graff’s international reputation, a company at the pinnacle of the luxury jewellery industry. As well as the kudos of this award the winner will receive a cash prize and invitation to undertake work experience at Graff’s London workshops.

THE GOLDSMITHS COMPANY AWARD
Given at the discretion of the Council for exceptional and outstanding design in 2D and 3D entries. It is only awarded when, in the Council’s judgement, an entry achieves the highest standard of design and originality. The winner of this prestigious award will receive a cash prize.

THE JACQUES CARTIER MEMORIAL AWARD
This is given at the discretion of the Council for exceptional and outstanding craftsmanship. It is only awarded when, in the Council’s judgement, an entry achieves a standard to justify the honour. The winner of the award has their name inscribed in the Jacques Cartier Memorial Award Gold Book and also receives a valuable gold replica of the book, plus a cash prize.

Glossary

Junior/ Senior
If you are undergoing training on a recognised full or part time course of study or undertaking a registered apprenticeship you will be defined as a ‘Junior’. For students only, this now includes a period of three years after completing your formal studies. All other entrants will be classed as ‘Senior’.

Silversmithing
A functional or decorative piece made in precious metal, usually large scale

Smallwork
Pieces of work that are traditionally highly decorative and not considered silversmithing, usually small scale

Jewellery
An item or items of work that adorn the body

Apprentice
You need to be registered as an apprentice to a Master craftsman/woman.

Medals
The text below gives additional information, detail and clarity for this 2D design section.

SECTION 3: Medals
The text below gives additional information, detail and clarity for this 2D design section. 
Definitions
•            Medallions and Medals are normally used to mark, commemorate or illustrate an
event, place, person, service, achievement or subject and are often presented as a
form of symbolic reward.
•             A Medal is worn, either on the breast or from the neck, normally, but not
               necessarily on a ribbon via an integral or attached suspension.
•             A Medallion is usually larger than a medal and is not worn, but may be displayed or
               handled. As a guide should fit in the hand.
•             Medals and Medallions should not be confused with Regalia which is more complex
               and typically defines rank or status within a group or organisation. 
Characteristics
•             Two sides (Obverse and Reverse) and an edge with Bas-relief decoration and
               sometimes engraved detail on all surfaces.
•             Stamped, cast or machined to create the shape and decoration, with minimal hand
               work in the production.
•             Usually one piece metal construction, although laminated or hybrid material may be
               used, as are elements applied to the body of the medal and enamels.
•             Any material could theoretically be used depending on durability, practicality and
               tactility, however some reasonable degree of intrinsic value in the materials adds to
               importance. Classic Materials - Gold, Silver and Bronze.