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GCDC welcomes industry-leading judges to 2017 line-up


The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council has concluded three weeks of successful judging for its 2017 Awards, with an extended line-up of industry experts helping to select this year’s winners.

Featuring over 100 judges, deliberations for the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards drew from the knowledge of celebrated designers, makers, retailers and experts across jewellery, silversmithing and the allied trades.

Among new judges involved in the 2017 Awards were Liz Olver, design director at Annoushka, Julia Clarke of award-wining retailer Hester Clarke, and notable winner from the 2016 Awards, designer John Moore.

British jeweller Shaun Leane was also handpicked to judge during the 2017 awards, setting the brief and judging this year’s Fashion Jewellery category, sponsored by QVC. In his brief, Leane asked entrants to design a piece of contemporary jewellery that ‘explores and complements an unconventional area of the body with a contrast of materials to make the piece unique’.

Leane comments: “It was an honour to set the brief for one of the 2017 Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards. It gave me an opportunity to reflect on

how I approached my designs for Alexander McQueen and it was interesting to see how the new generation approach their own concepts with this brief. The results were outstanding.”

Over 550 pieces were entered into this year’s Awards, across a total of 24 categories and the Awards’ highly respected Premier, Major and Special Awards, which include the esteemed Jacques Cartier Memorial Awards, supported by Cartier.

Having scooped the coveted Goldsmiths’ Company Award in 2016, designer John Moore was welcomed to the judging panel for 2017, following a whirlwind year exhibiting his work at shows in both the UK and overseas.

“As an entrant in previous years to the GCDC Awards I’ve always wanted to be a fly on the wall, so I was thrilled to be involved in judging this year’s competition,” shares Moore. “I have always held the GCDC Awards in the highest regard, and the positive impact it has had on my career has been invaluable. It’s vital for awards such as this to exist and inspire future generations of makers by visibly flying the creative flag. I am proud and hugely honoured to be part of this.”

This year’s winning designs will be revealed at an awards ceremony at Goldsmiths’ Hall on Monday February 27, hosted by the Council and presented by jewellery expert Joanna Hardy. With more than 300 guests expected to attend, the Awards retains its position as the ‘Jewellery Oscars’ of the UK.


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