Monday 20 February, 2017

The Ambassador Diamond Necklace Competition


The Goldsmiths’ Company is delighted to announce that artist jeweller Daphne Krinos has won the Ambassador Diamond Necklace Competition. The result of this exciting competition will be a unique diamond-set necklace for the Company’s Contemporary Jewellery Collection, with financial contribution from Boodles.

This commission echoes the 1961 British Jewellery De Beers Competition brief; to stimulate advanced British jewellery design while focusing on the design and creation of a very ‘current’ piece of jewellery. As such, the Ambassador Diamond Necklace design radiates individual creativity, spontaneity, exemplary craftsmanship, and utterly belongs to 2017 in the world of studio jewellery.

Mock-up detail of Daphne’s Ambassador Diamond Necklace Competition piece

Eight elite studio jewellers - already represented in the Company’s Collection - alongside five atelier designers from leading trade names were chosen to take part in the Ambassador Diamond Necklace Competition. The judging panel consisted of Michael Wainwright, Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company and Managing Director of Boodles; Martin Drury, Chairman of the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Modern Collection Committee; Rosemary Ransome Wallis, Art Director and Curator of the Goldsmiths’ Company; Charlotte De Syllas, artist jeweller and Liveryman; Leo de Vroomen, designer jeweller and Associate of the Company; and Lucia van der Post, Associate Editor, Financial Times (How To Spend It).

"The Contemporary Jewellery Collection promotes and stimulates jewellery design that combines craftsmanship and personality; the two must go together. The pieces chosen capture the individuality and creativity of the designers; each piece is a distinctive expression in metalwork,” Daphne is a true ambassador for studio jewellery design. Her work exemplifies what we look for with the Collection. Her piece not only reflects her personality but also the ethos of the 21st century in relation to jewellery; forget 'bling', it's all about the concept," says Rosemary.

Daphne Krinos

“I’m delighted to have won this prestigious Goldsmiths’ Company competition. It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to make an extravagant piece inspired by my love for cities at night. I have always been very particular about how stones should be used in jewellery and my composition is designed to show the diamonds at their best.”

Daphne Krinos. Photograph by Julia Skupny

The necklace echoes Daphne's observations of cityscapes, with bold architectural forms of skyscrapers against the night sky and the windows lit up like diamonds. It is made of 18ct white gold which will be black rhodium plated. Individual sections will be set with baguette, square and small round brilliant cut diamonds.

The necklace is due to be finished by April, appropriately at the end of Michael Wainwright’s year as Prime Warden of the Company. It will be displayed at a private event at Goldsmiths’ Hall in late April. In 2019 the necklace is due to take centre stage in a major exhibition of the Company’s Collection at the DIVA Museum of Silver and Diamonds in Antwerp, Belgium.

“Antwerp, where the piece will be shown at DIVA in 2019, is the centre of excellence in jewellery and diamonds while London offers the height of artistic achievement. Daphne gives us both with her piece – it is a tale of two cities," adds Rosemary. 

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