GCDC welcomes Graff as principal patron of its awards

The presentation of the annual awards of the Goldsmiths Craft & Design Competition took place at the prestigious Goldsmiths Hall in London on Monday 29 February 2016. Hosted by Joanna Hardy, the event known in the industry as the ‘Jewellery Oscars’ rewards excellence in technical skills and creative design in precious metals and related materials. The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council, who run the competition, actively encourage craftsmen and designers in the industry, apprentices and students to enter their work in these highly respected awards. A total of 124 winners were honoured in 25 categories, with 26 gold awards, 25 silver awards and 53 bronze awards.

The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GCDC) returned to International Jewellery London this year, using its presence at the UK trade show to launch the 2018 edition of its unique and industry focused annual competition – The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards.

These prestigious Awards inspire excellence and skills development among students, apprentices, designers and craftsmen working in jewellery, silversmithing and the allied trades. The competition embraces all aspects of activity in the profession and encourages individuals, companies and organisations to participate and become involved.

Reflecting on GCDC’s time at IJL, council chairman Andy Putland remarks: “Once again it was a pleasure to be a part of IJL, meet many people who are interested in our annual awards, from new and established designers to apprentices and those considered masters of their craft. The GC&DC Awards are going from strength to strength with increased industry recognition of their importance and value.”

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Such acknowledgement is signified by the announcement that renowned luxury diamond jeweller Graff is now a Principal Patron of the GCDC Awards.

This new special award seeks to identify, reward and celebrate fine diamond jewellery of originality, meticulous detail and distinction. Graff join the GCDC alongside prestigious French jewellery house Cartier, the Council’s long-term supporter of the distinguished and esteemed Jacques Cartier Memorial Prize, and a generous Principal Patron of these exceptional Awards for nearly 60 years. The Council has more than 80 patrons, sponsors and contributors supporting its 2017/18 Awards.

“We are delighted and honoured to announce Graff as a new Principal Patron, supporting a premier award within the competition, focusing on jewellery that reflects Graff’s house style of luxury, innovation and excellence, where diamonds will need to be the predominant precious gemstone,” Putland states. “Graff is a celebrated and distinguished international jewellery house, which in turn recognises the standards of skill and excellence that these Awards inspire.”

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