The annual Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Awards took place at the Goldsmiths Hall in London this week (February 27).
Hosted by international jewellery expert, Joanna Hardy, the event welcomed over 300 guests, including world renowned jewellery houses, notable sponsors, industry associations, leading designers and jewellery press.
The competition, organised by the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council, rewarded a total of 124 winners across 24 categories, with 31 Gold Awards, 39 Silver Awards and 54 Bronze Awards being awarded on the night.
Each entrant is judged on excellence in technical skills and creative design in precious metals and related material and the competition actively encourages craftsmen and designers in the industry, apprentices and students to enter their work into the awards.
This year, the prestigious Cartier Award was awarded to Paul Jones from Sole London, for his revolving dial clock. This was the second time Paul has been honoured with the Cartier Award.
The College Trophy, awarded annually to the college or university that has achieved the highest total of points accumulated from any gold, silver and bronze prizes in the competition, was awarded to Birmingham City University, representing the first time they have won this trophy.
The Goldsmiths Crafts & Design Council also presented Caroline Broadhead with the Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of her outstanding contribution and commitment to the industry over the last 40 years, as a jeweller, artist and programme leader of the Jewellery Design degree at Central Saint Martins. Caroline was presented with the silver medal by Gregg Fattorini, the sponsors of this award.
Notable Patron Awards are also given each year, particular highlights included Tom Rucker’s platinum and diamond brooch which also won the Goldsmiths Company and Boodles Awards and apprentice, James Kydd’s Leopards’ Head Silver Sword which won the Baird & Co Award.
This year’s awards were sponsored by a host of companies from across the trade including the Goldsmiths’ Company, Cartier, International Jewellery London (IJL), The Goldsmiths’ Centre, Brown & Newirth, Boodles and Baird & Co.
Jos Skeates chairman of the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council said: “Congratulations to all of this year’s Award winners, who have again impressed the Council and our judges with fine examples of craft and design skills across many specialist sections. Our expert industry judges frequently commented on the exceptionally high standard of entries this year, and we are pleased with the number of entries that met Council’s benchmark for Gold Awards in 2017.
“The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards mark a positive start to the year for our junior and senior entrants and the Council was pleased to celebrate and enjoy their success on Monday night through these great awards”.
An exhibition of highlights from the 2017 Awards will be open to the public at Goldsmiths’ Hall from February 28 to March 3.