Tuesday 28 February, 2017
GCDC Awards and Exhibition at Goldsmiths’ Hall
The winners of the annual Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Competition were announced by renowned jewellery expert, Joanna Hardy, at a ceremony at Goldsmiths’ Hall on Monday 27 February.
The competition rewards excellence in technical skills and creative design in precious metals and related materials. It accommodates all craft and design activities in the profession, including diamond mounting, setting, silversmithing, chasing, enamelling, jewellery, 2D design such as CAD, amongst others.
124 winners were honoured in 24 categories, with 31 Gold Awards, 39 Silver Awards and 54 Bronze Awards.
Highlights this year include:
- The Lifetime Achievement Award 2017: Caroline Broadhead
- The Jacques Cartier Memorial Award: Paul Jones, Revolving Dial Clock, Sole of London
- The Goldsmiths’ Company Award: Tom Rucker, Platinum and Diamond Brooch/Pendant, Tom Rucker Fine Jewellery London
- The College Trophy Award: Birmingham City University
- The Junior Award: Bradley Humphreys, Kingfisher Brooch, Theo Fennell Ltd.
- The Senior Award: Tom Rucker, Platinum and Diamond Brooch/Pendant, Tom Rucker Fine Jewellery London
- The Boodles Award: Tom Rucker, Platinum and Diamond Brooch/Pendant, Tom Rucker Fine Jewellery London
- The Baird & Co. Award: James Kydd, Leopards’ Head Silver Sword, Philip Kydd Ltd.
- The Theo Fennel Apprentice/Master Award: Bradley Humphreys, Kingfisher Brooch, Theo Fennell Ltd.
- The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) Creative Jewellery Award: Stephanie Holt, Silver Gilt & Resin Finger Ornament
- The Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers Award: Matthew Powell, Platinum Dragonfly Pendant, Crown Jewellers Ltd. / Chen Cheng, Kinetic Jewellery, Birmingham City University
- The Podolsky Award: Louise Sorrell, Engraved Silver Tumbler, Sam Jones (Engraving) Ltd.
- The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (GEM-A): Winner of Diamond Course: Julia Neill, Clip Ring & Ear cuff / Winner of Coloured Gems Course: Tomasz Donocik, ‘The Dune Stellar’ Detachable Earrings
Further awards were given in the 2D Design Section; 3D Finished Pieces Craft Section; and the New Patron Special Awards. Within the 3D Finished Pieces Design Section, the top Technological Innovation Award, sponsored by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, went to Paul Jones for his Revolving Clock and Tom Rucker for his Platinum & Diamond Brooch/Pendant.
The Crafts & Design Council Awards Exhibition featuring prize-winning entries follows the award ceremony at Goldsmiths’ Hall. Open from Tuesday 28 February to Friday 3 March 10am-4pm, the display provides a fascinating insight into the artistry and craftsmanship of today’s leading jewellers and silversmiths.
For further information on the GCDC Awards, please see www.craftanddesigncouncil.org.uk