The 2016 / 17 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.

The online application facility for the 2017/18 competition will be available this autumn.
Download the current Competition Form for 2016/17 below for information and guidance.


The formal launch of the 2017/18 competition will be at IJL, Olympia this September, please come and see us at the GC&DC stand.

Competition Section Briefs 2016/17

Craftsmanship & Design Awards 2016/17
Please go to the glossary below if you have any questions about any term.
Check our Rules, regulations & guidelines 16/17

DESIGN SECTIONS: 2D
1
. SILVERSMITHS 2D
Design a Centrepiece for a round table suitable for use during the day AND in the evening, using silver as the primary material.

2. SMALLWORKERS 2D
Using 'Orchids' as a theme design a precious object to be given as a gift to a friend. Precious materials must be used and an emphasis given to the use of colour.

3. MEDALS | Sponsored by Cleave & Company Ltd
Mans' relationship with animals – pets, farmed and wild. Design a medal that epitomises your feelings on this complex issue. 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. 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 document (**).
This new design award encourages creative interpretation of the subject matter in combination with a good understanding of form, detail and context for the designing and production of a medal, the winning entrant will receive a cash prize.

4. FASHION JEWELLERY | Sponsored by QVCUK
Design a piece of jewellery which explores and complements an unconventional area of the body. Use a contrast of materials to make the piece unique. Shaun Leane 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 need to be available for future publicity.

5. JEWELLERY DESIGN | Sponsored by A. E. Ward & Son Ltd
Design a contemporary set of jewellery for the younger market that can be worn at work, but also successfully combine to form a distinctive and eye catching piece for an evening event. This new 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. PEARL JEWELLERY | Sponsored by Raw Pearls
Focusing on the universal theme of water and in particular a feature that embodies SPLASH, DROPLET, RIPPLE or WATERFALL, design two complimentary items of Pearl fine jewellery. This special award by Raw Pearls is first and foremost about featuring and highlighting the unique beauty of Pearls within contemporary fine jewellery design. The winning entrant will receive a cash prize.

7. CAD PRESENTATION: creative & technical skills | Sponsored by Primassure Ltd
Through the use of 2D CAD presentation, communicate a free form design containing hidden messages demonstrating both knowledge and understanding of design. It should visually demonstrate the designs practicality and show manufacturer understanding when produced in 3D. The council will be looking for a well-presented presentation that can be up to A1 in size, demonstrating the unique potential of communicating through the use of this fast evolving medium.

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 | Sponsored by Cooksongold
This special award by Cooksongold will be given for exciting and creative ideas and design originality. The winning entrant will receive a cash prize.

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 typical, decorative processes used may include engraving, enamelling, engine turning, setting etc.

10. PRODUCTION JEWELLERY | Sponsored by VIPA Designs LtdEntries 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 handmade item in silver may be submitted. Entries will be primarily judged on design merit but you are encouraged you 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 in from sections 12 or 13 will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to have their work showcased at the IJL 2017 event.

13. PRECIOUS JEWELLERY IN GOLD, PALLADIUM, PLATINUM | Sponsored by IJLAny handmade item in gold, palladium or platinum may be submitted. Entries will be primarily judged on design merit but you are encouraged you to work to a high standard of craftsmanship.

14. TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION AWARD | Sponsored by Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office London
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. 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 | Sponsored by Argentium Silver International
J) Junior S) Senior

This new special award by Argentium Silver International seeks to offer the opportunity to explore and experience the unique properties of Argentium silver. The winner will also receive a cash prize.

16. POLISHERS
J) Junior S) Senior

17. CHASERS
J) Junior S) Senior

Any article may be submitted formed by hand chasing and/or repoussé from sheet metal.

18. SMALLWORKERS AND MODELMAKERS
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 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 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 last year's competition are the Gold Awards of Ornella Iannuzzi's Pendant (left) and the Bangle by Anthony Elsdon of DE VROOMEN (right).

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
Any type of hand engraving on metal or dies and seals may be submitted.

24. ENAMELLERS & ENAMEL PAINTERS
J) Junior S) Senior

Any enamelled or painted subject, allied to the jewellers and silversmiths crafts may be submitted.

OTHER SPECIAL PATRON 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 this award. 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 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 THEO FENNELL 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 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 SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is 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. The last submission date for this supporting document, with a separate completed entry form, is Tuesday 24th January 2017.

Further details of the award are available from www.gem-a.com or email Charles.evans@gem-a or phone 0207 404 3333.

BOODLES FINE JEWELLERY AWARD
This new award by Boodles as Special Patrons 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 of this award the winner will receive a cash prize.

THE BAIRD & Co LIMITED AWARD
This new award will be selected from winners across all relevant sections in the 2016/17 competition. Special Patrons Baird & Co will be looking for an appropriate design that could demonstrate good visual and practical use of 999.9 purity gold and/or silver.

The winner of this special award would also be invited to participate in a promotion which, subject to suitability, may include exhibiting their piece within Baird & Co's Hatton Garden showroom post the completion of the 2017 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 tool vouchers.

2D DESIGNER AWARD
This new 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 entry 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 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 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 AWARDSLIFE
TIME 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.

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.

** 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.

Glossary

Junior/ Senior
If you are under 30* (at the time of submitting work for the competition) and 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'.
*Please note that this is under review.

All other entrants are classified as 'Senior'. There is no upper age limit.

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.

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.