The presentation of the annual Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Awards took place at the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Hall in London this week (February 26); Here is a round-up of the winners.
Celebrating and supporting the success of new and upcoming jewellery designers, silver and goldsmiths embarking on their journey in our industry is at the heart of IJL, which is why the IJL team were thrilled to attend the annual Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Awards.
Hosted by jewellery designer Theo Fennell, the evening event welcomed more than 300 guests, including world-renowned jewellery houses, notable sponsors, industry associations, leading designers and the UK jewellery press.
This competition has helped to launch the careers of many eminent craftspeople in the profession and are the only peer reviewed awards in the industry’s calendar. Fondly known as the ‘Oscars of the Industry’ they reward outstanding technical skill and design ability. The annual awards are one of the highlights of the Benevolent Society Ball – an event attended by almost 400 jewellers.
A total of 135 winners were honoured across 24 categories with 32 Gold Awards, 40 Silver Awards and 51 Bronze Awards presented on the night.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to husband-and-wife team Patrick and Vivian Fuller, who together built WB The Creative Jewellery Group, one of the largest UK jewellery businesses.
The College Trophy: this annual award is given 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’s School of Jewellery. Beating Glasgow College of Art by just one point, the School of Jewellery won the accolade for the second consecutive year.
The IJL Gold Award for Precious Jewellery was awarded to Sonia Cheadle London for her beautifully worked ‘Four Seasons Brooches’ at the acclaimed ceremony at the Goldsmith’s Hall on Monday, February 26. Known in the industry as the ‘Jewellery Oscars’, the Award was presented by IJL Show Manager, Sarah Kitley-Spencer.
Other notable winners on the night included Oscar Saurin, who won five awards, including The Junior Award; Miriam Hanid, who received the Goldsmiths’ Company Award for her chased radiance Centrepiece; and Simon Coldicott, who won the Baird & Co. Award for his Locomotive Model.
An exhibition of winning highlights from the 2018 awards will be open to the public at Goldsmiths’ Hall until March 2.
Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who participated!
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