The Competition

The Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council is an organisation that promotes the highest standards in design and craftsmanship within the jewellery, goldsmithing, silversmithing industry and allied crafts.As part of the promotion of excellence the Council runs the annual Craftsmanship & Design Awards.

This competition has helped to launch the careers of many eminent craftspeople in the profession 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 related materials. The competition covers all areas of activity; 2D and 3D Design and 3D Craft categories and we encourage everyone to enter.

Who Can Enter

For submission of work to the awards require applicants to be based and working within the United Kingdom and who are engaged in designing or working with precious metals, gemstones and other related materials. Work submitted to the competition needs to have been completed in the UK within the last entry dates of the previous competition i.e between January 2017 to January 2018.

For the purposes of these Awards and in order to judge entries fairly, individuals are judged as Senior and Junior entrants in most craft sections of the competition.
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'.
All other entrants are classified as 'Senior'. There is no upper age limit.

*Please note that this is under review.

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What To Expect

This competition is open to anyone engaged in designing and making in the UK. You are encouraged to have a go and become involved because the ethos and primary aim is to help everyone to raise their standards in search of excellence.There is no charge for entering a design or 3D piece of work into the competition irrespective of the number of entries you wish to submit.

An online application has to be fully completed and submitted with your entry and we advise you to take time and care to ensure that all relevant information is correct and completed before you submit.

All work, whether hand delivered or by post is submitted in January of each year and this will be at/to the Goldsmiths' Centre. Whichever method you use please take every care and attention in packing your work to ensure that no damage is incurred during transit from your to us. We inspect all pieces on receipt of an entry to check its condition and record any faults, scratches etc.

Your work will be judged by experts from the industry specifically selected for their specialist skills and experience. A panel of judges will look at all work submitted in the section they have been asked to adjudicate, and the chair of the panel is normally a member from the Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards can be granted by the judges but a bench mark standard has to be reached to merit the judges giving an award. The competition is about standards and excellence and an entry has to be worthy of an award.

If you have been awarded a prize you will be notified in writing very soon after the judging sessions have been completed, and you will be invited to attend the awards ceremony to receive your Gold, Silver or Bronze certificate. All awards are kept secret until the prizegiving to increase the sense of surprise and drama for the ceremony itself. All winners will receive a beautiful certificate, signed by the Chairman/Women and Consultant of the GC&DC at the level they have won an award i.e. Gold, Silver or Bronze. For Gold and Silver awards there may also be a cash prize but it is the honour of winning and reaching the standards we set that is the thing to treasure, acknowledge and be proud of.

Some 300 people attend the prizegiving and it is a great evening and wonderful networking event. Equally important is that as a winner your entry will be on display in the exhibition room at Goldsmiths' Hall along with other selected pieces entered in the competition.

Each year there are around 600 entries submitted and the four day public exhibition at Goldsmiths' Hall is a good representation of the breadth and quality of the work submitted to the competition.

Irrespective of the outcomes, it is the spirit of participating and engagement with the competition that is most important. To try your hardest and seek to improve your skills, experience and personal development are the key factors that make our competition what it is; a unique and essential facility to help everyone to raise their game, thrive and enjoy in the competitive ethos of the competition, share your skills and learning and encourage others to do well.