The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GCDC) held a VIP reception at The Goldsmiths’ Centre in London yesterday (8 June), to honour the current patrons, sponsors and contributors of the annual Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards, and to encourage new companies and individuals to become supporters for the 2017 Awards.
Established in 1908, the GCDC organises its annual awards – dubbed the ‘Jewellery Oscars’ – to encourage, stimulate and promote the pursuit of excellence in craftsmanship and design among those engaged in silversmithing, goldsmithing, jewellery and the allied trades in the UK.
Taking place each March, the GCDC awards are the only peer-reviewed technical and creative awards in the UK, and are keenly supported by leading organisations in the industry.
The awards’ leading patron is The Goldsmiths’ Company, with world-renowned jeweller Cartier Ltd the principal patron. Special patrons for the awards include The Goldsmiths’ Centre, International Jewellery London, The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A), Brown & Newirth and Primassure Ltd.
Last night’s VIP reception included the unveiling of a new promotional video, and a Q&A with The Goldsmiths’ Company Award winner for 2016, John Moore.
John Moore, Gold Award winner and recipient of The International Jewellery London and Goldsmiths’ Company Awards in 2016, spoke on behalf of the 2016 winners: “To receive this level of recognition and validation from GCDC for something I have created is an enormous honour and I’m absolutely elated.”
Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council chairman Jos Skeates said: “The evening was a great success and a number of new people have expressed an interest in being associated with GCDC Awards through sponsorship. This shows a commitment to support our skills and craft in our trade, and confidence in its future as we embrace an ever-changing landscape.”