Craftsmanship & Design Awards
DESIGN SECTIONS 2D
DESIGN SECTIONS 2D INFO
- Maximum sizes for 2D artwork as shown
- Any artwork not to exceed 20mm in depth
- Any design entry can be entered in one section only
- Do not put your artwork in a plastic cover
MAXIMUM SIZES OF 2D ARTWORK
1. SILVERSMITHS A1
2. SMALLWORKERS A2
3. MEDALS A2
4. FASHION JEWELLERY A3
5. JEWELLERY PIN DESIGN A3
6. FAIRTRADE JEWELLERY A3
7. DIAMOND RING DESIGN A3
8. JEWELLERY DESIGN A3
9. CAD PRESENTATION A2
10. DESIGN for DIRECT PRECIOUS METAL PRINTING A3
Design a small Condiment set for the home, picnic hamper or a travelling set. To be made in precious metals but other complimentary materials can be incorporated. Your proposal must be functional and you are encouraged to utilise decorative techniques in your design such as engraving, engine turning, enamelling, gem material etc.
3. MEDAL DESIGN (Sponsored by Cleave & Company Ltd.)
Plastic waste is choking both land and sea, destroying creatures reliant on safe habitats. Design a medal that might be awarded to those who contribute significantly to combatting this growing tragedy.
4. FASHION JEWELLERY (Sponsored by QVC UK)
Street art and Street artist are now represented by the most prestigious galleries in the world. Street and sportswear have been adopted by the top couture fashion houses.
In this time of disruption and change, design a piece of gender neutral jewellery inspired by street/urban culture, in any non-precious materials that will be sold by the world’s most luxurious e commerce Retailers.
Stephen Webster has written this design brief and this special Award by QVC UK will be given for exciting and fashion conscious innovative ideas. The winning entrant will receive a cash prize and needs to be available for future publicity.
5. NAJ CHAIR’S PIN – Past & Future (Sponsored by The National Association of Jewellers)
The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) and its parent company, The British Allied Trades Federation, are seeking to create a unique unisex design for the NAJ Chair to wear at formal events and engagements on behalf of the Association. Attached to a dress or jacket lapel, this jewel will be an important emblem and also establish NAJ’s first contemporary design for its recently formed association.
The competition brief is to design an innovative unisex Chair’s Pin entitled ‘Past & Future’, for wearing at day time and evening events when representing the NAJ. The pin will also need to incorporate a facility to hang the jewel by a ribbon as a pendant or necklet.
You are encouraged to be as creative as possible but your proposal must include some form of symbolic representation or correlation to the origins of the NAJ, its logo for instance or a stylised version of this. Please look at the NAJ website for more details about this exciting opportunity at http://www.naj.co.uk The Association has a membership of some 2,000 retailers, designers and suppliers nationwide.
It is to be made in any one or a combination of Fairtrade precious metals, and can incorporate natural gemstones, enamel and/or any decorative surface treatment to enhance and capture the essence and official position of the NAJ Chair.
Following the GC&DC Awards evening the winning designer will liaise with NAJ to oversee the production of their design. This will be undertaken by Fattorini with Fairtrade precious metals and small gems supplied from NAJ’s membership. The finished jewel will be presented to the Association and its current Chair. It is to be delivered to Federation House in Birmingham before its AGM on11 June, 2019.
The winner will be announced to industry press, across the NAJ’s online platforms, and an editorial feature in the September issue of The Jeweller magazine will highlight the workmanship of the piece.
6. FAIRTRADE JEWELLERY (Sponsored by Ingle & Rhode)
Last year’s winner of this special Award caught the judge’s attention because the designer used a good concept that drew attention to environmental and preservation issues and this also visually translated very well into their design.
There is considerable scope in this subject matter, so you are invited to design an item of jewellery that is sympathetic, symbolic and supportive to the natural world and global preservation issues.
This would be for a one-off exclusive jewel, capable of being cast and hand finished in 9ct, 14ct or 18ct Fairtrade gold (white, yellow or rose, or in combinations) to a maximum of 15gms (finished weight), and incorporating up to a total of 0.3ct of round brilliant cut white diamonds (to be no smaller than 0.8mm diameter/approximately 0.003ct).
This special award by Ingle & Rhode seeks to identify and reward creative design for ethical fine jewellery. The winning entrant (who retains copyright on their design) will not only receive this exclusive Award, but also win a cash prize, and will be offered an expenses-paid trip to visit a Fairtrade gold producer in Uganda or Peru.
7. DIAMOND RING DESIGN (Sponsored by Yves Frey Diamonds)
This brand-new Patron Special Award by Yves Frey Diamonds, focuses on the unique beauty and qualities of natural coloured Diamonds. Yves Frey seeks to work in partnership with the winner of his Award through providing, featuring and promoting a coloured diamond in a creative design for a Ring.
You are invited to design a fine jewellery Ring featuring a coloured yellow diamond as its central gemstone and attraction. This is a cushion shape, graded by the GIA natural fancy yellow VS1, weighing 1.51cts. Your design will need to include other complimentary gemstones to enhance the beauty of the yellow diamond, but the choice is entirely yours as to what and how many gems you incorporate and propose in your design.
Use a theme of your choice or any subject matter that inspires you to create a precious diamond Ring of distinction in platinum, 18ct gold or combinations of both. Judges will be looking for creative ideas, individuality, impact and excellent utilisation of the fancy yellow diamond (illustrated below).
Please click on the link below to Yves Frey’s Diamonds website where you will find more information about the yellow diamond and an invitation to visit his business. This would be to view the selected yellow diamond for this exciting opportunity.
The winner is encouraged to invest their prize money towards making the winning design and if so, Yves Frey Diamonds will loan the yellow diamond and help promote and sell the ring. Normal terms and conditions would apply. This generous offer needs to be taken up within one year after the 2019 Awards evening i.e. February 2020. www.yvesfreydiamonds.com/#competition
8. JEWELLERY DESIGN (Sponsored by Diamco Ltd.)
This brand-new Patron Special Award by Diamco, a family run business dealing in quality diamonds who pride themselves on delivering a unique personal service of reliability and trust. For this Award Diamco encourage the use and promotion of multiple small diamonds to accentuate a creative and one-off design proposal, thereby offering striking aesthetics and enhanced impact.
Therefore, you are invited to design any type of neckwear with a particular reference and influence on 3D form, movement and/or illusion. There are no restrictions relating to size, weight and cost of your jewel, so feel free to be as creative and adventurous as you like but remember that your use and deployment of diamonds will be ever important, and these need to range between 1mm to 3mm diameter.
Judges will be looking for innovative ideas, a good sense of form/illusion, striking aesthetics and excellent utilisation and deployment of small diamonds. As well as scooping the Diamco special Award the winning entrant will receive a cash prize.
9. CAD PRESENTATION
Design a piece of jewellery, silverware or smallwork that has more than one function or purpose, free form shapes and colour should feature in your design. Your proposal needs to demonstrate it can be successfully manufactured, this is part of the judging criteria. Therefore, you must give clear/explicit details of how it could be fabricated and the various processes you would choose to use. This includes how the various colours in your design are to be added, whether through the use of gemstones, enamels or some other process, you are free to choose.
We want you to push the boundaries of manufacturing and designing with CAD. You must also indicate within your online application which CAD programme/s you have used and the drawings. It is very important to convey sufficient information to help the judging panel about creating and making your design.
We require you to submit two separate CAD drawings:
A mounted, maximum size A2, fully rendered isometric view that presents your proposal to its best. It should be clear and make the details easy to interpret as a finished piece
A mounted, maximum size A2 un-rendered and more ‘technical drawing’ with the correctly aligned traditional top, front, side and isometric views of your design.
For file resolution, if your manufacturing solution is to be 3D Printed in some way, indicating how many triangles your file contains will be considered positively by the judging panel.
10. JEWELLERY DESIGN for DIRECT PRECIOUS METAL 3D PRINTING (Sponsored by Cooksongold)
Design a simple and efficient item of jewellery to be produced specifically 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.
Your proposal will ideally not be suitable or appropriate for producing by any method other than the 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
Examples of good design for Direct Precious Metal 3D Printing are illustrated below. Also included is a pictorial set of design guidelines.
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 a) 2D work presentation and
b) digital CAD file of the work in an error free STL file format.
Files to be sent using the link below before the 11th January, quoting in the transfer message box:
1) GC&DC Awards 2018/19
2) Applicants name.
Any files submitted not including these details will be void. File entries can only be submitted once so please check before submission.
CAD files to be sent to: https://cooksongold3d.wetransfer.com/
The judging panel for this section will comprise of experts from Cooksongold with knowledge and experience in direct precious metal 3D printing, a GC&DC member as chairman of the panel and other technology industry experts.
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.
Please use this link to find out more about Direct Precious Metal 3D Printing: www.cooksongold-emanufacturing.com
DESIGN SECTIONS 3D FINISHED PIECES
Entries will be primarily judged on creative ideas and design merit, with due consideration given to the standard of craftsmanship. Pieces entered in sections 11 -17 can be submitted in one section only, with the exception of section 18 where appropriate technology has been used and demonstrated. Work in these sections can also be entered in any of the relevant sections 19 – 32.
Within sections 11 – 32 and where appropriate, entrants are encouraged and would benefit from providing a visual explanation of the concept behind their product, including information that illustrates any significant features of the entry in a simple A5 format. An example is illustrated below from last year’s competition, Timon Eidi Tio won the Vipa Design Award in Production Jewellery. Please ensure there is no reference to your name, business etc. on the card, or it cannot be used when judging.
18. TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION AWARD (Sponsored by The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office)
Entrants should submit specific 3D pieces to this section that demonstrates technological innovation in creative design. Finished pieces submitted to other sections can also be considered where appropriate technology has been a significant element in the design and construction. Entrants to this section MUST identify and list ALL software used as well as the technologies and processes employed in the creation of their entry.
This special award by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office celebrates the use and contribution that technology is now playing/making in our profession. The winner of this exciting prize will have demonstrated innovative use of technology through the production of 3D jewellery, smallwork or silverware. The winner will receive a cash prize and also be entitled to free registration and a hallmarking punch at the London Assay Office.
CRAFT SECTIONS 3D FINISHED PIECES
The following information applies to ALL craft sections, please read this carefully as well as the rules and regulations.
Entries will be judged on technical ability and excellence of craft skills. However, and where appropriate, originality, creativity and presentation will be taken into consideration. Materials and methods of manufacture used must be specified i.e. hand, production, technological processes etc.
If several specialist craftsmen for different sections enter an item, these details need to be submitted separately. Where relevant, articles submitted must be in a finished condition. Entrants are encouraged to submit in precious metals wherever possible and such entries must conform to hallmarking legislation if applicable.
Junior entrants may submit samples of different techniques not necessarily finished pieces i.e. Setters
J) Junior S) Senior
Any larger scale work, functional and/or decorative for example: tableware, ecclesiastical, vessels etc. can be entered in this section. Judges will be looking for technical competence and fine craftsmanship.
20. POLISHERS (Sponsored by WALSH)
J) Junior S) Senior
This special award seeks to identify and reward top quality polishing in any item of 3D work entered in this section, the winning entrant will receive a cash prize.
J) Junior S) Senior
Any article may be submitted formed by hand chasing and/or repoussé from sheet metal.
22. SMALLWORKERS & MODEL MAKERS
J) Junior S) Senior
Objects d’art or scale models that have the potential to be formed in precious metals, including watches. Materials and methods of manufacture used must be specified i.e. hand, production, technological processes etc.
23. MODELLERS (Sponsored by Hean Studio Ltd.)
Any sculpted subject, including medals, may be submitted in any media e.g. wax, plastics, wood, plaster etc. With any finished work, you must list all processes undertaken following the modelling stage up to completion i.e. chasing, filing, carving, polishing etc.
If CAD/CAM/RP/3D printing is used you must state what you have employed and the extent to which this has been used. Materials and methods of manufacture used must be specified i.e. hand, production, technological processes etc.
This special award by Hean Studio is looking to identify quality modelling and artistic sculpting skills. The winning entrant will receive a cash prize.
24. JEWELLERS (Sponsored by Brown & Newirth)
This section, sponsored by Special Patrons Brown & Newirth, 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 as in section 25. Two examples from previous competitions are the Gold Awards of Sam Hunter’s Dragonfly Brooch (left) and Jessica Poole’s silver Award for her Jabot Arrow and Bow Brooch.
As well as the kudos of winning this special award by Brown & Newirth the winner will receive a cash prize.
25. DIAMOND MOUNTERS
J) Junior S) Senior
Judges would prefer to see unset items but this doesn’t preclude set, finished jewellery.
Materials and methods of manufacture used must be specified i.e. hand, production, technological processes etc. with percentages apportioned to each.
J) Junior S) Senior
Judges would prefer to see more than one type of setting technique utilised wherever possible up to a maximum of 3 styles/pieces. Materials and setting techniques employed must be specified i.e. hand, micro etc. with percentages apportioned to each.
27. ENAMELLERS & ENAMEL PAINTERS
J) Junior S) Senior
Any enamelled or enamel painted subject using traditional techniques allied to the jewellers and silversmiths craft may be submitted.
28. LAPIDARY & CARVING (Sponsored by Holts Gems)
GC&DC is pleased to announce the re-introduction of the Lapidary section which has a new named Special Award for the 2018/19 competition. It is Sponsored by Holts Gems for two main reasons; to establish a memorial Award in honour of Robert Acker Holt and for this to act as a catalyst for the UK lapidary community to re-engage and participate in the Goldsmiths’ competition.
Whatever your style, type or product of gem material you use to cut, carve and finish your lapidary work, you are invited to submit shaped, polished and faceted designs or any form of carving on semi-precious and precious gems, that enhances their inherent qualities, and not just technical excellence, creativity, aesthetic qualities and/or innovative use of gem material.
The material, method and style of cutting used must be specified within your online application, and unmounted entries are always preferred by a judging panel.
This new Award seeks to encourage, promote and identify creative, innovative and technical examples of lapidary work, and the winner will receive a cash prize.
29. ENGRAVERS, DIE SINKERS & SEAL ENGRAVERS
J) Junior S) Senior
Any type of hand engraving on metal or dies and seals may be submitted.
CRAFT & DESIGN SECTIONS
These sections are judged on both the quality of craftsmanship in combination with creative design, style and visual impact.
30. FINE JEWELLERY (Sponsored by Boodles)
This award by Boodles 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.
This is 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 from this special award, the winner will receive a cash prize.
31. WIRE INNOVATION (Sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers)
These two Awards seek to encourage and reward innovative design and making, incorporating original/actual wire (no casting) in all its forms across jewellery, smallwork and silversmithing. For visual reference of all previous winning pieces of the GSWD’s Awards, please look through the archive of Award brochures on the GC&DC website: HERE
Award winners will receive cash prizes.
32. DIAMOND JEWELLERY (Sponsored by GRAFF)
This premier award by GRAFF as a Principal Patron to the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council, seeks to identify, reward and celebrate fine diamond jewellery of originality, meticulous detail and distinction. Judges will be looking for jewellery that reflects GRAFF’s house style of luxury, innovation and excellence, where diamonds need to be the predominant precious gemstone.
A judging panel for this Award will consist of industry experts, including members of the Graff family, who will decide on this premier Award.
This is unique in the competition and the winning entry needs to reflect Graff’s international reputation, a company at the pinnacle of the luxury jewellery industry. As well as the kudos of this award the winner will receive a cash prize and invitation to undertake work experience at Graff’s London workshops.
OTHER PATRON SPECIAL AWARDS
GEM-A DIAMOND COURSES
These courses are 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.
APPRENTICE & MASTER AWARD (Sponsored by Theo Fennell)
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 special 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.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL
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.
GRAFF JEWELLERY AWARD
This new premier award by Graff as a Principal Patron to the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council, seeks to identify, reward and celebrate fine diamond jewellery of originality, meticulous detail and distinction. Judges will be looking for jewellery that reflects GRAFF’s house style of luxury, innovation and excellence, where diamonds need to be the predominant precious gemstone.
All appropriate jewellery entries will be considered and recommended by judging panels from relevant sections in the competition. A judging panel of industry experts, including members of the Graff family, will then make the final decision on this special award.
This will be a first in the competition and the winning entry needs to reflect Graff’s international reputation, a company at the pinnacle of the luxury jewellery industry. As well as the kudos of this award the winner will receive a cash prize and invitation to undertake work experience at Graff’s London workshops.
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.
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.
If you 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’. For students only, this now includes a period of three years after completing your formal studies. All other entrants will be classed as ‘Senior’.
A functional or decorative piece made in precious metal, usually large scale
Pieces of work that are traditionally highly decorative and not considered silversmithing, usually small scale
An item or items of work that adorn the body
You need to be registered as an apprentice to a Master craftsman/woman.