Premier Awards 2016/17


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.

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.
Silver & Diamond Necklace by John Moore - Winner of the Goldsmiths´ Company Award 2016
Silver & Diamond Necklace by John Moore - Winner of the Goldsmiths´ Company Award 2016

LIFE TIME ACHIEVMENT AWARD
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.

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.


SPECIAL PATRON AWARDS

THE BAIRD & Co LIMITED AWARD This new award will be selected from gold award winners across all relevant sections in the 2016/17 competition. Special Patrons Baird & Co Limited will be looking for an appropriate piece that could demonstrate good practical use of their exclusive product – fine gold 9999.

The winner of this special award would also be invited to participate in a promotion by exhibiting their piece within Baird's Hatton Garden showroom post the completion of the 2017 competition.

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.

BROWN & NEWIRTH AWARD
This Award 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.

INTERNATIONAL JEWELLERY LONDON (IJL) AWARD
Presented by Special Patrons International Jewellery London, the UK's only dedicated jewellery trade exhibition.The overall winner of this Award will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to have their work showcased at the IJL annual event. Entries will be primarily judged on design merit but entrants are encouraged to work to a high standard of craftsmanship.

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 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.naj.co.uk.

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.