s.7 Repurpose Jewellery

Men’s / unisex jewellery for an adventure-seeking individual using material from heirloom rings.

This brief is sponsored by Vipa Designs.

Re-modelling of heirloom treasures remains a growing aspect of the jewellery industry, with clients seeking to upcycle their treasured jewels into contemporary, wearable designs, thus preserving a sense of family history in a stylish and lasting form. 

The Vipa Designs Award returns this year with a client who wants to gift their son a special item of jewellery to wish him safe travels and great adventure as he embarks upon 6 months of travelling across South East Asia. He has just completed university where he studied Marine Biology, an intriguing field to which he is very committed and passionate about. He had to postpone his exciting travel plans due to the pandemic but is now excited and rearing to go!

The client wishes to use the materials from their grandparents wedding bands that together contain:

  • 11grams of 18ct white gold; and 
  • Seven brilliant cut 1.5mm diameter sapphires & seven brilliant cut 1.5mm emeralds. 

The client’s son is comfortable wearing jewellery (cuffs, rings, pendant/necklet, earring/s) and so they are happy for reasonable extras within their budget of £500.00 for additional components i.e., chain, earring backs, yellow gold detail etc. 

Entrants must submit a breakdown of costings for the design and manufacture of the piece. A reasonable budget of £1,250 at retail has been agreed with the client.

An exciting opportunity

As well as securing the Vipa Designs Award, and in liaison with the Award winner their design will be manufactured, set and finished by Vipa Designs. 

In addition, all prize-winners in this section will invited to visit Vipa Designs Ltd. and see the finished article.


Consideration and research into their interests in marine life and in travelling is key, alongside the wish for this to be a meaningful token of safe passage and adventure! Entrants are encouraged to have fun with this design brief whilst ensuring that the client’s budget and material expectations are observed.

Guidance & Entry Form Requirements

  • Entries must comply with the 2D design guidelines;
  • Good standards of visual communication and presentation will be highly regarded;
  • Description of your design, the concept and material specifications (gemstones and finished metal weight) must be provided on the design board.
  • Outline method/s of manufacture and a breakdown of the costings. 
  • Entrants are requested to declare on the entry form if they have had their design rendered by a CAD technician or a digital artist.

There will be placeholders on the entry form for you to explain your design concept and the tools or techniques / processes that you have used. We encourage entrants to use these placeholders wisely. The information you provide will be ensure that judges can make informed decision

  • Design Concept: Please explain the idea and concept behind your design in meeting the brief requirements (Max 150 words)
  • Techniques & Technology used: It is important that you explain the techniques you have used to make your piece i.e. gouache, CAD, Illustrator, watercolours, Procreate etc. This will be used in the judging process and you may be at a disadvantage if it is unclear how the entry was designed. (Max 150 words)

Following a successful first outing with the Repurpose Jewellery brief in 2020/21, Vipa Designs, a long standing and stalwart supporter to the GC&DC return with another exciting design brief that celebrates the creativity and value of upcycling in design! This aspect represents an important part of their business portfolio, and we are delighted to partner with Vipa Designs again, with another creative challenge that will resonate and appeal to many in the jewellery industry. 

Founded in 1979 Vipa Designs are casters, manufacturers and designers of high-quality gold, silver, platinum and palladium jewellery, and work with traceable metals of all types; standard, 100% recycled, Fairtrade and Fairmined. They are licensed to import, trade, manufacture and design jewellery by both Fairtrade International (Fairtrade) and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (Fairmined) Their wide client base includes private individuals, designers, makers and retailers through to manufacturers and multi-national companies. Vipa Designs strap line ‘design to delivery’ perfectly captures the extensive array of quality services they provide and deliver to the profession, and achieve this by utilising hand making skills and technology to the highest standards.

09 Jan

Online entry deadline (for ALL entries)

25-27 Jan

All 3D entries submission / post-in days @ Goldsmiths' Centre, London

28 Feb

Awards Ceremony @ The Goldsmiths' Hall, London

09-11 Mar

Collection & post-back of entries; The Goldsmiths' Centre, London


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