The Goldsmiths’ Company is to commission an artist to create its Ambassador Diamond Necklace, after she won a competition hosted by the firm.
Artist jeweller Daphne Krinos has won the Ambassador Diamond Necklace Competition and will create the necklace for the company’s contemporary jewellery collection, with financial contribution from Boodles.
This commission echoes the 1961 British Jewellery De Beers Competition brief; to stimulate advanced British jewellery design while focusing on the design and creation of a very ‘current’ piece of jewellery.
Eight elite studio jewellers – already represented in the Company’s Collection – alongside five atelier designers from leading trade names were chosen to take part in the Ambassador Diamond Necklace Competition.
The judging panel consisted of Michael Wainwright, prime warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company and managing director of Boodles; Martin Drury, chairman of the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Modern Collection Committee; Rosemary Ransome Wallis, art director and curator of the Goldsmiths’ Company; Charlotte De Syllas, artist jeweller and liveryman; Leo de Vroomen, designer jeweller and associate of the company; and Lucia van der Post, associate editor, Financial Times (How To Spend It).
On the news, Ransome Wallis commented: “The Contemporary Jewellery Collection promotes and stimulates jewellery design that combines craftsmanship and personality; the two must go together. The pieces chosen capture the individuality and creativity of the designers; each piece is a distinctive expression in metalwork.
“Daphne is a true ambassador for studio jewellery design and her work exemplifies what we look for with the Collection. Her piece not only reflects her personality but also the ethos of the 21st century in relation to jewellery; forget ‘bling’, it’s all about the concept.”
Image: Daphne Krinos, photo by Julia Skupny.