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 & 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 Partnership
The Goldsmiths' Company has remained loyal to these respected principals and continues to work in collaborative partnership with the Goldsmiths' Craft & 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 & 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' Company
The 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 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 has won the Jacques Cartier Memorial Award three times, and the iconic artist enameller Fred Rich now has 4 Cartier Awards to his name, a phenomenal and unrivalled achievement in the history of the Award.
The winner of this ultimate honour has their name inscribed in the Jacques Cartier Memorial Gold Book and also receives a valuable gold replica of the book, an amazing honour and lifetime achievement.
Record of recent Jacques Cartier Memorial Winners
The Jacques Cartier Memorial Award Book
2021 Fred Rich, The Fair Game Vases - Enamelling
2020 Tom Rucker, Coloured Platinum & Diamond Collection – Jewellery & Technology
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 vision of Fuli Gemstones is to become a leading global producer and supplier of quality Peridot gemstones, and to build one of the most innovative, creative, and environmentally responsible gemstone mining companies in the world, with a business that encompasses mining, processing, marketing and sales.
Within six years, Fuli Gemstones has successfully established operating subsidiaries in Dunhua, Beijing, Hong Kong and London, and built a solid team of professional, multi-cultural and vibrant management. Championing an open mind-set and progressive thinking, this team is dedicated to developing Fuli Gemstones into an industry leader in Peridot gemstone mining.
Fuli Gemstones is resolute in the offering of a consistent supply of quality Peridot gemstones with full traceability, adhering to safety standards for its mining production, and supported by active global marketing and brand initiatives. Fuli Gemstones is reawakening interest in this visually astonishing green gemstone. The intensity of color depends on the iron present in Peridot’s chemical composition, which is the colouring agent in Peridot.
Fuli would like to champion new partnerships with established brands and designers, and believe in nurturing new talent.
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'.
C. HAFNER is one of Europe’s leading companies in the field of precious metal technology. They recover precious metals from secondary materials, which are processed into semi-finished products, components, powders and ingots. C.HAFNER is committed to reducing CO2 and are passionate about protecting the environment through the use of state-of-the-art technology. They are the first refinery with a CO2 – neutral refining process for gold, and in the near future C.HAFNER are aiming to be a CO2 neutral company.
Since opening its doors in 1949, Ernest Jones has established itself as a purveyor of prestige watches and jewellery. Curating the best in both craft and class, it provides exceptional edits of gold, silver and diamond jewellery, as well as brands including Vera Wang, Le Vian, Omega, Breitling, Cartier and TAG Heuer.
Lindström is part of the Snap on Tools company. For nearly a century, their iconic brand has represented a broad array of unique productivity solutions – tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions. The Snap-on® brand conveys a badge of professionalism, delivering confidence to those performing work of consequence where second best is not an option.
For 60 years Valcambi have refined and supplied gold, silver, platinum and palladium 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.
Lifetime Achievement Award
A specially designed silver medal sponsored and produced by Thomas Fattorini Ltd. is given by the Goldsmiths' Craft & 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 more information on the Lifetime Achievement Award and a list of the recipients of this Award.
Patron Named 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 Named Award Patrons to the competition in the future.
Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a Named Award Patron.
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
Catherine Best Limited
Cleave & Company Limited
David Fowkes Jewellery Limited
David McCarty Ltd.
Fred Rich Enamel Design
Fox Silver Limited
Grant Macdonald Silversmiths
Hamilton & Inches
Hockley Mint Ltd.
Ottewill Silversmiths & Jewellers Ltd.
Rebus Signet Rings Ltd.
Sam James Engraving
Sheffield Assay Office
The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths
The Pearson Silver Foundation
H. S. Walsh & Sons Ltd.
E. Wolfe & Co