The presentation of the annual Awards of the Goldsmiths Craft & Design Awards took place at the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Hall in London on Monday 26th February 2018. This important annual Awards Ceremony – known as the Jewellery Oscars – was hosted by Theo Fennell and welcomed over 300 guests, including world-renowned jewellery houses, notable sponsors, industry associations, leading designers and the UK jewellery press. Photo Credit: blog.jewellerylondon.com
This unique annual competition rewards excellence in technical skills and creative design in precious metals and related materials. The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council, which operates the competition, actively encourages craftspersons and designers in the industry, apprentices and students to enter their work in these highly-respected awards.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Each year, the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council honours a member of the UK industry with its Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2018, this was presented to husband-and-wife team, Patrick and Vivian Fuller who have together built one of the largest and most successful UK jewellery businesses, with a strong reputation for design and innovation. Patrick and Vivian were presented with the LAA silver medal by The Goldsmiths’ Company Prime Warden, Judith Cobham-Lowe, and Mr Tom Fattorini, sponsor of this award.
GC&DC Chairman, Andrew Putand, 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 the Council’s benchmark for Gold Awards in 2018. 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.”
Entrants are invited and actively encouraged in all aspects of the trade, from new entrants to skilled craftspersons, apprentices and those in education. The competition accommodates all craft and design activities in the profession, including specialist sections such as diamond mounting, setting, silversmithing, chasing, enamelling, 2D design – including CAD, jewellery, smallwork, technology and many more.