The 2019 / 20 Competition

These awards have helped to launch the careers of many eminent craftspeople in the industry 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 allied materials. There are three main categories for entering work and we encourage all members of the trade to enter. Click here for full details of the Rules and Regulations & important deadlines
Everyone is encouraged to enter these Awards which is the industry's primary competition that rewards technical excellence and design innovation.


COMPETITION SECTION BRIEFS 2019/20

Craftsmanship & Design Awards

DESIGN SECTIONS 2D

DESIGN SECTIONS 2D INFO
• Maximum sizes for 2D artwork as shown
• No more than one design board per entry unless stated in a brief
• 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 (Champagne Gosset) A1
2. SMALLWORKERS A2
3. MEDAL DESIGN A2
4. FASHION JEWELLERY (QVC UK) A3
5. COMMERCIAL JEWELLERY - Creative Design (Beaverbrooks) A3
6. FAIRTRADE JEWELLERY (Ingle & Rhode) A3
7. DIAMOND PENDANT DESIGN (Yves Frey Diamonds) A3
8. CAD PRESENTATION A2
9. DESIGN for DIRECT PRECIOUS METAL PRINTING A3 (Cooksongold)

1. SILVERSMITHS (Sponsored by Champagne Gosset)
Following on from last year’s very successful design project for the Gosset Trophée CELEBRIS, Patrons Champagne Gosset are now enthusiastically seeking to invite designers to ‘re imagine’ the champagne glass. Consequently, Gosset are offering another exciting special Award in silversmiths 2D design. Last year’s outright winner David Stonehouse, also won the best overall 2D design in the competition out of 290 entries across 10 design categories.

Gosset is a high-end, small production Champagne house in northern France founded in 1584. They are the oldest winery in the champagne region, remain family owned and employ handmade, traditional techniques.  

The Brief – reinvent the Champagne Glass
Traditionally champagne has been consumed from either a flute (tall) glass or a coupe (supposedly modelled on Marie-Antoinette’s breast). In reality neither of these shapes are ideal for enhancing the all-important olfactory aspects of champagne. The flute restricts the nose too much and the coupe very quickly loses the aromas and fizz. Gosset’s preference is to serve its quality champagne in a tulip shaped white wine glass.

You are invited to reimagine/reinvent/redesign a drinking vessel for Champagne Gosset, taking into account the flute and coupe’s unsuitability. Your design needs to be a successful combination of enhancing the natural beauty of the wine balanced with functionality. Incorporating and promoting branding remain very important so use either or both the word ‘Gosset’ or the logo (as illustrated), in your design.  

Consider using mixed materials, including glass, in conjunction with sterling silver. Gosset question if champagne tastes its best from a metal vessel, therefore, should the part holding the champagne be in a different material? This is an opportunity for you to research and innovate.

Subject to the winning design being put into series production and with cost parameters taken into consideration, alternative metals and electroplating can be considered. You are also required to provide a description in your presentation that relays your rationale and thinking behind your proposal. 

Along with winning this attractive and prestigious Award, the designer will also be invited to visit Gosset in France.

The judging panel for this Award would include industry experts plus representatives from Gosset/Louis Latour Agencies, who will also present their Award at Goldsmiths’ Hall next February. This design brief has been written in liaison with Rebecca Fraser and Kate Sweet of Champagne Gosset.

For more information about Gosset Champagne please go to www.champagne-gosset.com

David Stonehouse Gold Award & Winner of the Champagne Gosset  Special Award 2019
David Stonehouse Gold Award & Winner of the Champagne Gosset Special Award 2019

Yonghui Duan - Silver Award 2019
Yonghui Duan - Silver Award 2019

2. SMALLWORKERS
Feedback from 2018/19: Last year Judges were pleased to see more entries but unfortunately, none met Councils gold Award standard. With the highest Award at silver level, judges felt the design communicated very well, it was playful and worked well as a design. Judges were also encouraged to see more hand drawn designs in this section.

The Brief – The Breakfast Table
Breakfast remains an important meal and juncture for breaking the fast and sustaining the day ahead. Using a theme of humour, whimsical, fun, design any product associated with enjoying a boiled egg and soldiers, i.e. eggcup, spoon, plate, knife toast rack etc. You can design a series of eggcups, spoons etc. or a complete breakfast set for the table. The choice and combination is entirely yours, and this can be for adults and/or children.      

Balanced with the above, your proposal must also be functional, it is to be made in precious metal/s, where other complimentary materials can be incorporated, such as enamel, gemstones or any decorative techniques and surface treatments. This design brief has been written in liaison with Katie O’ Connor of Asprey London.

3. MEDAL DESIGN
Following last year’s successful outcomes in Medal Design where Yvonne, Sally and Gabriella won Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards respectively, and to further inform and encourage artists and designers to this section, here is some general feedback from last year’s judging panel:

Feedback from 2018/19: There was a good standard to entries in this section, but judges would still like to see more submissions. Very promising to see young designers submitting work. Entrants addressed the deign brief well and were clearly passionate about the subject matter i.e. concern for the environment.

The Brief – Endangered Species
Continuing with the topical and critical theme of the concerns for our planet, environment and global issues that are now affecting us all, please research the most endangered animal species in our world, as listed by WWF and other credible organisations, and explain to us why they are threatened. 

This includes mammals, insects, reptiles, birds and fish. Small creatures, all of which are  important to keeping a balance on our environment and planet.  Choose one example of an endangered species to bring this to everyone’s attention and produce a design for an art medal that makes a strong case for its preservation. 

Use both sides of the medal giving you the opportunity to illustrate a contrast of the plight between a threat and a possible answer to a way forward. Use the medal edge as an option for some or all your lettering as required.

The definition of an art medal: a two-sided, low relief medal that fits into the palm of the hand. (It is not intended to be worn). This design brief has been written in liaison with Kate Harrison and Marcy Leavitt Bourne. 

Yvonne Knights - Gold Award & Winner of the Cleave & Company Special Award 2019
Yvonne Knights - Gold Award & Winner of the Cleave & Company Special Award 2019

4. FASHION JEWELLERY (Sponsored by QVC UK)
Last year’s Fashion design entries resulted in the GC&DC awarding a gold, two silvers and a bronze. The judging panel were upbeat about the response to the question, here are their general comments

Zihan Zhou-Gold Award and Winner of the QVC UK Special Award 2019
Zihan Zhou-Gold Award and Winner of the QVC UK Special Award 2019

Feedback from 2018/19: Judges appreciated the increase in number of entries and the majority of participants understood the design brief and submitted well-presented proposals. The stronger entries had a disruptive concept, whether against consumerism or cultural anxiety. The winning design portrayed a good sense of humour and story. The designer managed to cleverly weave the concept of gender neutral and sustainability within the brief. The design was current with the potential to become a cult piece. 

The Brief – Sustainable Jewellery
As sustainability increasingly becomes a consumer expectation - and a signifier of luxury itself - consider how this can be interpreted in jewellery design. With this in mind, utilise existing gemstones, recycled metals - and/or the elevation of more everyday materials, to design your statement and message that stands for this movement. This design brief has been written in liaison with Sarah Burton of Fortnum & Mason.  

5. COMMERCIAL JEWELLERY – Creative Design (Sponsored by Beaverbrooks)
We welcome Beaverbrooks to the Goldsmiths’ competition as a Patron, and this brand-new Award has been created to celebrate creativity/innovation in commercial jewellery design.

Beaverbrooks are a leading independent family run jewellery and watch business, currently celebrating 100 years in the trade.  With 70 stores nationwide, they are a well-respected and an established part of the UK’s retail high street.  As a commercial jewellery store, Beaverbrooks consistently strive to bring good design and value to their loyal customers.

Commercial Jewellery design plays a vital role in the manufacturing process involved in supplying high street stores. Designers are responsible for creating good design within tight parameters; specific design briefs; client and time constraints; market awareness and requirements, budgets etc. Equally important, is a good understanding of the manufacturing processes to ensure designs are feasible for high volume production runs.

This Award invites you to design a matching suite of brilliant cut diamond jewellery in celebration of Beaverbrooks or any fictional multiple stores 100 year anniversary.  This will consist of a ring, pendant and earrings, in 9ct, 18ct gold or platinum, each containing a maximum of one carat of diamonds (earrings, half a carat in each), with a maximum metal weight of 7gms for the ring, 5gms on the pendant (excluding the chain) and 6gms in total for the earrings. The designs can be based either on any of the following styles; solitaire with halo, trilogy with diamond accent or a diamond cluster.  Examples of these are illustrated below. Use any research material or theme that inspires you to propose creative ideas that answer the design brief well.

With the intention that the winning designs are to be manufactured and sold in Beaverbrooks multiple stores, consideration to the design’s commerciality and possible price points is a must.  Please note, copyright of the winning design will be discussed prior to manufacture.

In addition, the winning entrant will be rewarded by undertaking a period of work experience at Continental Jewellery UK, Beaverbrooks UK manufacturing London base, where they can be part of the team involved in manufacturing their winning designs. This design brief has been written in liaison with Pamela Statham of UK Continental.

Solitaire with halo
Solitaire with halo

Trilogy with diamond accent
Trilogy with diamond accent

Diamond cluster
Diamond cluster

6. FAIRTRADE JEWELLERY (Sponsored by Ingle & Rhode) 
The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council is delighted that Patrons Ingle & Rhode continue to sponsor this Special Named Award that highlights, encourages and promotes Fairtrade Jewellery Design. 

Lindy Neave – Winner of the Ingle & Rhode Special Award 2019
Lindy Neave – Winner of the Ingle & Rhode Special Award 2019

Last year the Judging panel were pleased to see that entrants had really thought about the environmental issues of today and done some thorough research on and around the subject. The standard was quite high, and Lindy Neave’s winning entry was clever and simple, yet answered the brief exactly. It wasn’t obvious, but got the message across very well and was a lovely design in its own right.

There remains considerable scope in this subject matter, so this time you are invited to design an item of jewellery that focuses on any form of wristwear 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). Although there is no maximum gold weight limit in this brief, you need to remain conscious and attentive as to how much fair trade gold your design requires and subsequently, the cost and selling price.

Equally, to decorate and enhance your proposal, you need to incorporate a moderate amount of small round brilliant cut white diamonds diamonds (between 0.8mm – 1.5mm).

This special award by Ingle & Rhode seeks to identify and reward creative design for ethical fine jewellery. The winning entrant of this exclusive Award will also be offered an expenses-paid trip to visit a Fairtrade gold producer.


7. DIAMOND PENDANT DESIGN (Sponsored by Yves Frey Diamonds)

This Patron Special Award by Yves Frey Diamonds, focuses on the unique beauty and qualities of natural coloured Diamonds. This popular category attracted the highest number of 2D entries in the competition last year, so Yves is further encouraged to work in partnership with the winner of his Award through providing, featuring and promoting coloured diamonds in a creative design.

The Brief
You are invited to design a fine jewellery Pendant featuring a coloured diamond as its central/priority/focused gemstone and main attraction. This is a Round brilliant Cut   

Fancy Deep Brown-Orange, weighing 1.56cts, with a clarity of VS2. Your design will need to include other complimentary gemstones to enhance the beauty of the Brown Orange 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 Pendant of distinction in platinum, 18ct gold or combinations of both. Judges will be looking for creative ideas, individuality, impact and excellent utilisation of the Natural Fancy Deep Brown Orange diamond (illustrated below). Your presentation must include your design to scale i.e. actual size.  

Please click on the link below to Yves Frey’s Diamonds website where you will find more information about the Brown Orange diamond and an invitation to visit his business and view the selected diamond for this exciting opportunity.

Janet Weller – Silver Award & Winner of the Yves Frey Special Award 2019
Janet Weller – Silver Award & Winner of the Yves Frey Special Award 2019

The winner is encouraged to invest their prize money towards making the winning design and if so, Yves Frey Diamonds will loan the Brown Orange diamond and help promote and sell the Pendant. Normal terms and conditions will apply. This generous offer needs to be taken up within one year after the 2020 Awards evening i.e. February 2021. 

www.yvesfreydiamonds.com

8. CAD PRESENTATION

Feedback from 2018/19:
To inform and encourage designers for this section, here is some general feedback from last year’s judging panel: The standard of entries was higher and most entrants understood the criteria for this brief. The winning entry by James Powell had used colour and form really well with an interesting use of material/s. James had worked out all technical aspects of the piece and how to manufacture it. Equally, the judges also enjoyed the hidden detail aspect in this very good entry. 

The Brief - Elements of Nature
This section is open to designers of all types of precious metalwork; silversmithing, smallwork and jewellery. Design a large- or small-scale product or any item of jewellery that reflects, represents and portrays ‘Nature’ in its true form.

It is imperative to incorporate colour in your proposal as well as using an element of a natural mineral in your design in bead form i.e. pearls, lapis lazuli, malachite, ruby, emerald etc. The materials used should have a relevance to the design. We highly recommend to write a short explanation of your source of inspiration for the entry in your presentation.    

Technical Element:
We encourage you to push the boundaries of manufacturing and designing with CAD. Entrants should explore the potential that CAD offers and demonstrate clear manufacturing knowledge.

It is essential to stipulate the software used and technical processes intended to produce the design proposal. If your manufacturing solution is to be 3D Printed in some way, indicating file resolution, tolerance and scale, will be deemed positively by the judging panel. This design brief has been written in liaison with Pooja Sahny.

Presentation
We require you to submit two separate CAD drawings:
1.   A mounted, maximum size A2, fully rendered isometric view that presents your proposal in the best possible way. It should be clear and make all details easy to interpret as a finished piece.
2.   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. 

James Powell - Gold Award in CAD Presentation 2019
James Powell - Gold Award in CAD Presentation 2019

9. JEWELLERY DESIGN for DIRECT PRECIOUS METAL 3D PRINTING (Sponsored by Cooksongold)
After a promising start to this new design led technology section, Cooksongold are again offering their exciting Patron Special Award in the 2019/20 competition. Consequently, this is an invitation and encouragement to all designers with interest and a developing knowledge and understanding of this technological process.  

The Brief
You are invited to design and present a simple and efficient small/collection/suite of complimentary jewellery to be specifically 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.

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, and should consider the printing requirements to reduce support structure needed in production and enable finishing.

Examples of good design for Direct Precious Metal 3D Printing are illustrated below. Also included is a pictorial set of design guidelines.

Pt Hollow Bangle
Pt Hollow Bangle

Filigree Fine Detail Spinner
Filigree Fine Detail Spinner

Mesh Articulating Bracelet
Mesh Articulating Bracelet

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 10th January, quoting in the transfer message box:

1) GC&DC Awards 2019/20
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-am.com

Invitation
To assist, inform and inspire potential entrants in this category, Cooksongold will be hosting an open afternoon tour of their facilities and Additive Manufacturing presentation. This will take place on Thursday October 10th October from 2 – 4pm at Cooksongold: 59-83 Vittoria Street, Birmingham B1 3NZ. Places are limited and can be booked on a first come first serve basis, by emailing Jessica Chisholm: jessica.chisholm@cooksongold.com To further encourage and support this excellent incentive, the GC&DC will be represented by chairman and consultant Peter Crump and Brian Hill respectively. 

Karen-Ann Dicken - Silver Award in 2018/19 Cooksongold Special Award
Karen-Ann Dicken - Silver Award in 2018/19 Cooksongold Special Award

Rhianne Hutchinson - Silver Award in 2018/19 Cooksongold Special Award
Rhianne Hutchinson - Silver Award in 2018/19 Cooksongold Special Award


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 10 -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 – 31.

Within sections 10 – 31 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 here from last year’s competition, Daisy Grice 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.   

10. SILVERSMITHS (Sponsored by Lindstrom)
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 exciting and creative ideas and design originality. 

Martin Keane - Gold Award in Silversmiths 3D Design
Martin Keane - Gold Award in Silversmiths 3D Design

James Kydd - Silver Award Smallworkers 3D Design 2019
James Kydd - Silver Award Smallworkers 3D Design 2019

11. SMALLWORKERS

Definition of Smallwork
Personalised items that can contain, display and hold. These traditionally employ skills and techniques that produce rich surface decoration and incorporate both intricate mechanisms and precise function to produce items of intriguing detail and/or hidden features. Smallwork can be functional products or purely objects of art, and typically, decorative processes used may include engraving, enamelling, engine turning, setting etc. 

12. PRODUCTION JEWELLERY (Sponsored by Vipa Designs Ltd.)
Entries will be judged on design innovation and commercial viability, with particular attention given to the potential for reproduction using appropriate technology and manufacturing processes. Quality of craftsmanship and finish will also be taken into consideration.

Entrants would benefit from providing a visual explanation of the concept behind their product, including information that illustrates any significant features of the design in a simple A5 format. Please ensure there is no reference to your name, business etc. on the card, or it cannot be used when judging.  

This special award by Vipa Designs Ltd. seeks to encourage, identify and reward good design that can be successfully manufactured using production techniques. 

Daisy Grice - Gold Award & Winner of the Vipa Designs Special Award 2019
Daisy Grice - Gold Award & Winner of the Vipa Designs Special Award 2019

Caiyang Yin - Silver Award  2019
Caiyang Yin - Silver Award 2019

13. FASHION LED CONCEPTUAL JEWELLERY

Entries for jewellery or body adornment in any combinations of materials will be judged on concepts, creative design and innovation. Judges encourage you to work to a high standard of manufacture. 

14. FAIRTRADE JEWELLERY (Sponsored by NAJ)
Last year’s successful 2D Jewellery Pin design sponsored by Named Award Patrons, the National Association of Jewellers, was subsequently manufactured in Fairtrade Gold, and presented to the NAJ’s Chairman for wearing at official engagements.

Following on with the theme of ethically sourced precious metals, the NAJ are now seeking to encourage designers and makers to submit jewellery who are involved and engaged in using ethically sourced precious metals. Therefore, you are invited to submit any design led 3D jewellery that has been made in Fairtrade precious metals. To reiterate, this is a 3D design section so the judging panel will first and foremost, be looking to reward great ideas that have been made from fair trade precious metals.

15. PRECIOUS JEWELLERY in Silver (Sponsored by IJL)
Any item in silver may be submitted. Entries will be primarily judged on design merit but you are encouraged to work to a high standard of craftsmanship. 

John Moore - Gold Award & Winner of the International Jewellery Special Award 2019
John Moore - Gold Award & Winner of the International Jewellery Special Award 2019

16. PRECIOUS JEWELLERY in Gold, Palladium, Platinum (Sponsored by IJL)
Any item in gold, palladium or platinum may be submitted. Entries will be primarily judged on design merit but you are encouraged to work to a high standard of craftsmanship.

Presented by Special Patrons International Jewellery London, the UK’s only dedicated jewellery trade exhibition. The overall winner of this award from sections 15 or 16 will have  the opportunity to have their work showcased at the IJL 2020 event.

David Dade McTigue - Gold Award 2019
David Dade McTigue - Gold Award 2019

17. ENAMELLING
Any design-led enamelled jewellery, objects and silversmithing using traditional/or non-traditional enamelling techniques may be submitted. 

Entries will be primarily judged on creative ideas and design merit, with due consideration given to the standard of craftsmanship.

Examples from last year’s competition:

Jessica Turrell - Silver Award 2019
Jessica Turrell - Silver Award 2019

Elizabeth Campbell - Silver Award 2019
Elizabeth Campbell - Silver Award 2019

Annabel Eley - Gold Award & winner of the 2019   Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office Award
Annabel Eley - Gold Award & winner of the 2019 Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office Award

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, Diamond Mounters.   

19. SILVERSMITHS (Sponsored by Birmingham Assay Office)
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. 

Adrian Ward - Gold Award Silversmiths Senior  2019
Adrian Ward - Gold Award Silversmiths Senior 2019

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.

 

Will Lander - Gold Award - Junior  2019
Will Lander - Gold Award - Junior 2019

21. CHASERS
J) Junior                   S) Senior
Any article may be submitted formed by hand chasing and/or repoussé from sheet metal.

Shinta Nakajima - Silver Award in Chasers - Senior 2019
Shinta Nakajima - Silver Award in Chasers - Senior 2019

Simon Coldicott - Gold Award in Modelmakers - Senior 2019
Simon Coldicott - Gold Award in Modelmakers - Senior 2019

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
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. Judges will be looking to identify quality modelling and artistic sculpting skills. 

Stephen Allen - Gold Award & Winner of the Hean Studio Award 2019
Stephen Allen - Gold Award & Winner of the Hean Studio Award 2019

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 last year’s competition are: David Dade McTigue (Gold) and Thomas Johnson (Silver).

David Dade McTigue - Gold Award & Winner of the Brown & Newirth Award 2019
David Dade McTigue - Gold Award & Winner of the Brown & Newirth Award 2019

Thomas Johnson - Silver Award 2019
Thomas Johnson - Silver Award 2019

Eleanor Woolacott - Gold Award in Diamond Mounters - Junior 2019
Eleanor Woolacott - Gold Award in Diamond Mounters - Junior 2019

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.

 

26. SETTERS
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.  

Tim Ignatov - Silver Award Setters Junior 2019
Tim Ignatov - Silver Award Setters Junior 2019

27. ENAMELLERS & ENAMEL PAINTERS 
J) Junior      S) Senior
Any enamelled or enamel painted subject using traditional techniques allied to the jewellers, silversmiths and smallworkers craft may be submitted. Entries will be judged on technical ability and excellence of enamelling craft skills. However, and where appropriate, originality, design, creativity and presentation will also be taken into consideration. 

Daniel Munn - Silver Award - Junior 2019
Daniel Munn - Silver Award - Junior 2019

Gillie Hoyte Byrom - Bronze Award - Senior 2019
Gillie Hoyte Byrom - Bronze Award - Senior 2019

Roger Dunkin - Gold Award & The Robert Acker Holt Award 2019
Roger Dunkin - Gold Award & The Robert Acker Holt Award 2019

28. LAPIDARY & CARVING
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 Award seeks to encourage, promote and identify creative, innovative and technical examples of lapidary work. 

29. ENGRAVERS, DIE SINKERS & SEAL ENGRAVERS
J) Junior                   S) Senior
Any type of hand engraving on metal or dies and seals may be submitted.

Louise Sorrell - Gold Award in Engravers - Junior 2019
Louise Sorrell - Gold Award in Engravers - Junior 2019

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. 

Zeemou Zeng - Winner of the Boodles Award 2019
Zeemou Zeng - Winner of the Boodles Award 2019

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: https://www.craftanddesigncouncil.org.uk/page/competition/  

Terri Howes - Award Winner 2019
Terri Howes - Award Winner 2019

Filipa Oliveira - Award Winner 2019
Filipa Oliveira - Award Winner 2019

OTHER SPECIAL, MAJOR & PREMIER AWARDS

GEM-A DIAMOND COURSES (Sponsored by Gem-A)
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. 

Further details of the award are available from www.gem-a.com or email Charles.evans@gem-a.com or phone 0207 404 3334.

Louise Sorrell - Winner of the Theo Fennell  Apprentice & Master Award  2019
Louise Sorrell - Winner of the Theo Fennell Apprentice & Master Award 2019

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.

Caiyang Yin - Winner of the Podolsky Award 2019
Caiyang Yin - Winner of the Podolsky Award 2019

David Stonehouse - Winner of the 2D Designer Award 2019
David Stonehouse - Winner of the 2D Designer Award 2019

2D DESIGNER AWARD
This 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 entries within the 2D design sections of the competition.  

THE VALCAMBI COLLEGE TROPHY
We are delighted to announce that our new Principal Patrons Valcambi are sponsors of this prestigious annual Award, and we warmly welcome them in partnership to the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council. This significant Award in the competition 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 College Trophy will be presented on stage at the Awards evening by Valcambi and the Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company.  

Birmingham City University - Winner of the College Trophy  2019
Birmingham City University - Winner of the College Trophy 2019

THE GRAFF JEWELLERY SKILLS AWARD
For this Award and as Principal Patrons, GRAFF are placing a focus and emphasis on identifying and rewarding specific jewellery craft skills in entries that show excellence and promise in young entrant work. 

To reiterate, this year’s GRAFF Award is for a young craftsperson showing excellent potential in jewellery making, setting or polishing. The Award seeks to celebrate high quality work in these key skill areas in an entrant up to the age of 30, who would need to be available to undertake work experience in GRAFF’s London workshops.

All potential Award-winning entries must satisfy the criteria that is summerised as:
A young person up to 30
Former apprentices/ improvers/learners
Not necessarily a finished piece i.e. setting samples showing more than one technique
Demonstrating fine craftsmanship that meets the Graff standard in the key craft skills of:

  • Mounting
  • Setting
  • Polishing

A key requirement - the winner must be available to undertake work experience at GRAFF

All Award-winning entries in the appropriate categories will qualify for this Award and will be judged by a dedicated panel of industry experts, including members of the Graff team, who will decide on this Award as Principal Patrons to the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council. 

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 (gold) award in the competition as a junior. This criteria is different to that of the Cartier and Goldsmiths’ Company Awards. 

Louise Sorrell - Winner of the 2019 Junior Award
Louise Sorrell - Winner of the 2019 Junior Award

Tony Bedford - Winner of the 2019 Senior Award
Tony Bedford - Winner of the 2019 Senior Award

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 (gold) award in the competition as a senior. This criteria is different to that of the Cartier and Goldsmiths’ Company Awards. 

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.

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.

John Moore - Winner of the Goldsmiths Company Award 2019
John Moore - Winner of the Goldsmiths Company Award 2019

Tony Bedford - Winner of the 2019 Jacques Cartier Memorial Award
Tony Bedford - Winner of the 2019 Jacques Cartier Memorial Award

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.

Glossary

Junior/ Senior
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 includes a period of three years after completing your formal studies. All other entrants will be classed as ‘Senior’.

Silversmithing
A functional or decorative piece made in precious metal, usually large scale

Smallwork
Pieces of work that are traditionally highly decorative and not considered silversmithing, usually small scale

Jewellery
An item or items of work that adorn the body

Apprentice
You need to be registered as an apprentice to a Master craftsman/woman.

 

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