s.8 Design for Precious Metal Direct Printing

Design a piece of jewellery on the theme of ‘art nouveau’ to be specifically produced by Direct Precious Metal 3D Printing.

This brief is sponsored by Cooksongold

Art Nouveau was a style of art, decoration and architecture popular in the early 1900’s, inspired by natural and organic forms such as the sinuous tendrils and swooping curves of plants, flowers and fungi. This fashion was heavily influenced by the work of William Morris & the Arts and Crafts movement. Energy was evoked using lines to create unusual flowing forms, especially in architecture, product and interior design. Extensive use of ‘whiplash’ curved forms derived in part from botanical studies and deep-sea organisms were employed alongside repetition and eccentric geometry. 

This year we invite entrants to design and present a single, efficient and effective item of jewellery on the theme and influence of Art Nouveau. This must be specifically suitable to be produced by Direct Precious Metal 3D Printing (also known as Selective Laser Melting or Additive Manufacturing), embracing and utilising the unique design capabilities offered by this technology that lend itself well to Art Nouveau.  

Your proposal should demonstrate that it is the best, and probably, the only way to produce your design by this direct precious metal 3D printing process, where powdered precious metal is melted layer by layer using a laser. 

  • Designs may incorporate articulation, hollow forms, entrapped components in other materials or metals and customisation.  
  • Direct Precious Metal 3D printing requires supports where there are surfaces that have an angle of more than 45 degrees from the Z axis, this also includes surfaces inside a hollow. 
  • Entrants should consider the printing requirements to reduce the support structure needed in production.
  • Entrants should also consider the accessibility needed to finish areas especially with a high polish finish, and ensuring there is enough material to do so.

Build requirements

The design is to be produced in 18ct yellow, red or white gold, 950 platinum or 925 silver, and should fit into a cylindrical build area of 80mm diameter x 90mm height. 

Entries are to be submitted as:

  • 2D work presentation; and
  • digital CAD file of the work in an error free STL file format. 

Files are to be sent using the link below before the 9th January 2022, quoting in the transfer message box:

  • GC&DC Awards 2021/22;
  • Applicant’s name. 

Any files submitted not including these details will be void. File entries can only be submitted once so please check before submission. 


We strongly encourage entrants to review this pictorial set of design guidelines that compares casting to additive manufacturing and which may help to inform the viability of your designs. 

Subject to Cooksongold approval, the top three winning entries will be produced for the designers in 925 silver by Cooksongold free of charge and will be used to promote the technology with full accreditation to the designer. 

Guidance & Entry Form Requirements

  • Entries must comply with the 2D design guidelines;
  • Good standards of visual communication and presentation will be highly regarded;
  • Evidence your understanding of Direct Precious Metal Printing;
  • Description of your design, the concept and material specifications;
  • Specify what materials would be needed for the prototype; 
  • 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)

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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