Our Patrons are central to the success of the Council's work to promote excellence in craftsmanship and design. Each Patron has a vested interest in encouraging the next generation of skilled craftsmen and women and actively supports this process through their continued and generous commitment. The Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council is greatly honoured to have HRH Princess Michael of Kent as our Royal Patron. Princess Michael shows an active interest in our organisation and the work that we do and her wholehearted support of the craft, industry and education is greatly appreciated.
Founding & Leading Patron
The Goldsmiths' Company, through the Goldsmiths' Arts Trust Fund, is our Founding Patron, and has been lynchpin and consistent supporter since the formation of the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council in 1908. There is no doubt that this unprecedented level of steadfast support has been the single most important factor in enabling the Council to establish, develop and improve its organisation and operation in support of the profession. The Council and its unique craftsmanship and design awards serves the industry it supports and encourages a culture of raising the standards of craftsmanship, design and technology in search of excellence.
Working in PartnershipThe Goldsmiths' Company has remained loyal to these respected principals and continues to work in collaborative partnership with the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council, demonstrating a unified belief and range of positive outcomes from which many benefit. We are constantly appreciative of the substantial physical and financial resources we receive from the Goldsmiths' Company and recognise that our work remains achievable from this unique support, collaboration and relationship with the Guild of our Craft. The Goldsmiths' Company plays a pivotal and enduring role to the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council, and our annual awards evening and exhibition at Goldsmiths' Hall is seen, widely recognised and highly valued, as a major showcase event of significant importance by the precious metalworking industry – as the 'Oscars of the Industry.'
About The Goldsmiths' CompanyThe Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, more commonly known as the Goldsmiths' Company, is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London and received its first royal charter in 1327. Founded to regulate the craft or trade of the goldsmith, the Goldsmiths' Company has been responsible since 1300 for testing the quality of gold, silver and, from 1975, platinum articles. In 2010 Palladium was brought into this regime. The word hallmark originates from the fifteenth century when London craftsmen were first required to bring their artefacts to Goldsmiths' Hall for assaying and marking. This requirement continues unchanged today and the Company still carries out its statutory function through the operations of The Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office.
The Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council has a special and unique relationship with Cartier, its Principal Patron. The Jacques Cartier Memorial Award was introduced in the competition in 1958 with the primary aim of creating an award that signified exceptional and outstanding craft skills demonstrated in a piece of work entered in the competition. This award is about a benchmark standard of the highest order and therefore it is only granted if these demanding criteria have been met. When this accolade is given at the prize-giving event at Goldsmiths' Hall, the Managing Director usually presents this prestigious Award in person.
The Jacques Cartier Memorial Award
The record of winners over the decades makes an impressive list of craftsmen and women working at the top of their craft, and is documented in this website. Master silversmith Christopher Lawrence and the iconic artist enameller Fred Rich have each won the Jacques Cartier Memorial Award three times, a phenomenal and unrivalled achievement in the history of the Award.
In the spirit of the Council's overarching aims, the Cartier Award is the perfect way to denote and celebrate craftsmanship on the mark or close to perfection, and its mere existence and status in this competition continually challenges entrants to strive for this level of exceptional and outstanding craftsmanship.
Record of recent Jacques Cartier Memorial Winners
The Jacques Cartier Memorial Award Book
2019 Tony Bedford, Chased Head Inspired by Rodins Burghers of Calais – Chasing
2018 No award given
2017 Paul Jones, Revolving Dial Clock – Smallworkers
2016 & 2015 No award given
2014 Simon Coldicott, Motorbike – Modelmakers
2013 No award given
2012 Gavin Haselup, Saracen & Knight Busts – Modellers
2011 & 2010 No award given
2009 Paul Towens, Model of Oil Rig – Silversmithing
2008 Jane Short, Enamelled 'Tazza' – Enamelling
2007 Gillie Hoyte Byrom, Enamelled Minature – Enamelling
2006 Ray Walton, Covered Dish – Silversmithing
2005 No award given
2004 No award given
2003 Fred Rich, Enamelled Vases – Enamelling
THE GRAFF JEWELLERY SKILLS AWARD
GRAFF are focusing on identifying and rewarding specific jewellery craft skills that show excellence and promise in young entrant work. This year’s GRAFF award is for a young craftsperson showing excellent potential in jewellery mounting, setting or polishing. The award seeks to celebrate high quality work in these key skill areas from an entrant aged 30 years or younger, who must be available to undertake work experience in GRAFF’s London workshops.
Unique to the Goldsmiths’ competition, this award will encourage young entrants to demonstrate high standards of craftsmanship in specific skill sets. These skills are aligned to traditional jewellery techniques that also compliment GRAFF’s international reputation, a company at the pinnacle of the luxury jewellery industry.
This Premier award will be presented at the Council’s exclusive celebration event at Goldsmiths’ Hall. The award offers a young individual an attractive incentive to demonstrating talent in their work to the highest quality and distinction in jewellery mounting, setting and polishing.
Valcambi is a world leader in the refining and manufacturing of precious metals. For nearly 60 years, they have refined and supplied gold, silver and platinum to professionals designing and crafting jewellery and objects that stand the test of time. Valcambi’s commitment to nurturing the natural world that inspires this work and provides these precious metals, is the foundation of its own pursuit of excellence. This is why Valcambi is at the forefront of promoting responsibly mined and sourced precious metals. With a special focus on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), they support miners in their efforts to adopt responsible labour, technical and environmental practices.
When a jeweller holds a nugget of fine gold, silver or platinum, Valcambi wants them to understand its origin and to feel its story. When craftsmen create a beautiful piece of jewellery, Valcambi wants them to know what shaped the life of the person who mined their precious metals. Through its new partnership as a Principal Patron of the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC), Valcambi supports the Council’s ambition - to encourage, stimulate and promote the pursuit of excellence in craftsmanship and design - putting the accent and emphasis on the origin of the natural resources professionals use.
Through sponsoring the College Trophy Award, Valcambi will celebrate the works and talents of the industry’s next generation of jewellers, silversmiths and goldsmiths, and be the agent that brings them closer to the natural resources they will use. By getting to know the background, origins, lives and aspirations of the miners, they can make more conscious choices when sourcing their precious metals and we hope, will look to responsible mines. To Valcambi, this is an integral part of the pursuit of excellence.
Special Patrons are also invited and encouraged to present their named award at our unique and prestigious awards evening at Goldsmiths' Hall, providing a perfect setting and context to further benefit from the considerable potential available across such an event and occasion. This in turn, has generated excellent opportunities for companies, entrants and the Council to collectively create greater meaning, purpose and importance to the celebrations, networking, communication and collaboration that evolve and emanate from this activity and engagement.
Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a Special Patron.
The Goldsmiths' Centre
The Goldsmiths' Centre is a visionary development for the jewellery and silversmithing industries and their allied trades, the local community and the general public – a unique space in which to learn, work and relax.It offers fully equipped training workshops and design studios, managed workspace, conference and exhibition space and a café that is open to the public. The Centre's mission is to support creativity, craftsmanship and community with an emphasis upon the craft of the goldsmith or 'worker in precious metal'.
International Jewellery London
International Jewellery London showcases over 600 exhibitors from 30 countries with over 150 first time exhibiting companies. As the UK's most established, premier jewellery trade exhibition, the show is the perfect place to find out the latest trends, source new and exciting products, network and attend the industry's leading seminar programme.
Brown and Newirth
For nearly 50 years Brown and Newirth have been creating fine jewellery collections of handmade engagement, wedding and eternity rings and partnership jewellery at their London workshops since 1967.
Today over 1,000 pieces of fine jewellery pass through their workshops every week. Each item undergoes intense scrutiny and quality checks and this expertise, coupled with the latest scanning, laser and sintering technologies, combine to create individual jewellery of extraordinary quality and finish. Their success is based on fervent attention to detail and unrelenting passion for exceptional quality, design and outstanding service to some of the UK's most prestigious jewellery retailers.
Lifetime Achievement Award -
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.
Click here for a list of Lifetime Achievement Award Recepients
Patrons - Special Awards
The Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council views this as a very positive development in the structure and nature of the competition and encourage others to be Special Award Patrons to the competition in the future.
Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a Patron Special Awards.
Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a Sponsor.
This year kind donations have been received from:
A. B. T. Design (Casting) Ltd.
BRINK’S Global Services
Cleave & Company Ltd.
David Fowkes Jewellery
Fred Rich Enamel Design
Fope Jewellery Ltd.
Fox Silver Ltd.
Grant Macdonald Silversmiths
Hamilton & Inches
Hockley Mint Ltd.
Institute of Professional Goldsmiths
London Diamond Bourse
Rider & Rider
Sam James Ltd.
Sheffield Assay Office
The Incorporation of Goldsmiths
The Pearson Silver Foundation
T. M. J. Davidson
Allied Gold Ltd.
Sweetheart Jewellery Ltd.
William & Son