Promoting Excellence In
Craftsmanship & Design

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.

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The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council welcomes applications for new Council Members to enhance its expertise, skills and reach

The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) is inviting applications from individuals both within and outside of the industry to join its ranks as a Council Member.

As part of our ongoing development as a non-profit Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), we are seeking to diversify and expand the range of skills and expertise present amongst our voluntary Council Members. This is to further elevate our remit to promote and drive excellence and innovation within the jewellery industry through the prestigious annual Awards and related industry activities. 

Watch our recent Virtual Events!

Did you miss our two recent virtual In-Conversation Events? 

You can now watch them here.

Gosset x GC&DC – A conversation with 2D Silversmiths Winners

GC&DC & Champagne Gosset hosted a first virtual event as we talked design, champagne and announced the winner of the Silversmithing Creative Lockdown Challenge! We went behind the scenes with our sponsors and judges to discuss design briefs and decision-making processes and heard from the winners on their journeys through the competition. David Stonehouse & Scott Smith, 2019 and 2020 winners of the 2D Silversmiths Prize, spoke with judge, trustee & silversmith Andy Putland and Jean Pierre Cointreau & Julien Cointreau from Gosset as they shared the inspiration behind their winning entries and experience in entering the Awards.

GC&DC x Brown & Newirth – Deep Dive into Jewellery Design

The GC&DC hosted a conversation with our Special Patrons, Brown & Newirth, as we talked jewellery and announced the winner of the Love in Lockdown 2D Jewellery Design challenge. This was followed by a 'Deep Dive into Jewellery Design' as we caught up with Pamela Statham, Head Jewellery Designer at Continental Jewellery UK and a GC&DC judge, and Zoe Harding a Goldsmith’s Company Award Winner, GC&DC judge and freelance jewellery designer with over 16 years’ experience. They talked about their work as jewellery designers, and how they approach client briefs, with plenty of helpful tips and advice to take away!

Black Lives Matter - A message from GC&DC

The events of the past fortnight have deeply moved us, and we believe this is a shared reaction worldwide. We are witnessing the racism and injustices that are sadly still afflicting our fellow human beings, and the pain and suffering experienced by the black community and people of colour specifically.

The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council shares the vision to build a fair, safe and just world where all human lives are seen as equal, and opportunities prevail for all.

To do this, we must confront that these issues are present within our own industry. As individuals and collectively as an organisation that promotes the highest standards in design and craftsmanship within the jewellery, goldsmithing and silversmithing industries, and our allied crafts, the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council acknowledges that there is much for us to do – listening, learning, discussing and using our position and industry reach to enact, support and promote positive change.

This is crucial work that we must undertake to ensure we can achieve true diversity, equality and inclusion within our own organisation and the wider industry; we are committed to achieving this.

Working together as Trustees and Council members, alongside all our supporters, we will act as agents of change for a brighter, more inclusive and wholly progressive future for the industry.

Please follow our communications for updates on initiatives championed by the Council.

Watch Award Winner John Moore talk about his work - shot by www.underdog.studio

Welcome

to the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council's website. We hope you will find all the information you need, whether it is to enter these nationwide industry awards, find out about sponsorship or if you are just interested in contemporary design. We welcome comments so do get in touch if there is anything you would like to see represented on this site.

Please watch our video to learn more about our annual competition.
The Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) is a flagship organisation for the industry that continues to promote, support and enhance skills and excellence across every aspect and activity in the precious metals profession. The Council achieves this through its annual competition, abiding by its original remit and primary aim; to promote and enhance excellence in craftsmanship and design.

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.

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