Supporting the GC&DC
Our Patrons & Sponsors are a vital aspect to the work, purpose and effectiveness of the Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council, and we remain fortunate in attracting a good range and depth of supporters. We believe this positive relationship and level of collaboration exists and flourishes because of the function, value and central objectives that the GC&DC targets and achieves year on year.
The Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council, a charitable incorporated organisation, is a non-profit making enterprise that simply seeks to assist in upholding, maintaining and enhancing craft, design and technological skills in the profession and education. However, we cannot do this without the considerable funding support that we enjoy from the industry.
The Goldsmiths' Company, as our Founding & Leading Patron remains the backbone and vital supporter to our operation and work. This striking endorsement from the guild of our craft roundly encourages the profession to work in a corporate spirit of collaboration and support to the GC&DC. Our continuing mission and overall purpose is to contribute to the health and welfare of individuals, companies and organisations in jewellery, goldsmithing, silversmithing and the allied crafts
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 Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council has a special and unique relationship with Cartier, its founding Principal Patron. The Jacques Cartier Memorial Award was introduced in the competition in 1958with 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 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
he Jacques Cartier Memorial Award Book
2023 Karen Wallace - Engravers
2022 No award given
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
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The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) are delighted to partner with Fuli Gemstones as Principal Patrons to these unique craftsmanship and design awards.
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.
This is the second highest level of support and a unique category of sponsorship that denotes a significant commitment and collaboration to the Goldsmiths' Craftsmanship and Design Awards. Therefore, the exposure and branding is appropriate to this positive partnership and substantial pledge. Various special awards are attributed to special patrons in the competition that are linked to aspects of design or craft sections in the competition. Their named awards provides exclusive coverage, marketing and branding opportunities to foster, exploit and utilise.
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.
Lifetime Achievement Award
A specially designed silver medal sponsored and made 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.
Cleave & Company Limited
David Fowkes Jewellery Limited
Fox Silver Limited
Fred Rich Enamel Design
Hamilton & Inches
Hockley Mint Ltd.
H. S. Walsh & Sons Ltd
Rebus Signet Rings Ltd.
Sam James Engraving
Sierra Consultancy Ltd
The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths
The Pearson Silver Foundation
The Scottish Goldsmiths' Trust
Victoria Coleman Fine Jewellery