Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council Celebrates Breadth of UK Design Talent at IJL


Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council Launch the 19/20 'Jewellery Oscars' at IJL 2019

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As well as hosting a programme of glittering events at this years' International Jewellery London, the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council also launched the 2019/20 edition of the Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Awards, lovingly dubbed the "Oscars of the Industry". 

The annual GC&DC Awards inspire and encourage excellence and skills development among graduates, apprentices, designers and masters working in jewellery, silversmithing and the allied trades. This year is host to some interesting design briefs, centred around Endangered Species, reinventing the Champagne Glass, and Sustainable Jewellery.

Previous recipients of the awards were on display, including  last years' Cartier Award winner Tony Bedford, as well as IJL Goldsmiths' Company Awards recipient John Moore, also named the 'Jeweller of the Fair'.  

Tony Bedford, who won the prestigious Jacques Cartier Memorial Award at the 1979 Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards with his chased Madonna, had success again 40 years later in 2019 with his hammered and chased silver Head bust Inspired by Rodin’s Burghers of Calais. 

The GC&DC hosted an ‘In Conversation’ on the Monday of IJL with Bedford and Neil Battes, which delved into the passion behind the work of these respected industry

figures, and their inspirational stories of their career paths and love of the UK industry.

A fabulous catwalk show featuring outstanding work by John Moore, IJL’s Jeweller of the Fair 2019, beautifully brought his pieces to life. Among the designs featured on the runway were his incredible Lacewing Verto Necklace, a bold and timeless statement piece, and winner of the IJL and Goldsmiths’ Company Awards in the GC&DC 2019 competition.  


Speaking of the GC&DC’s presence at IJL, Council Chairman Peter Crump said: “Surrounded by our jewellery peers at IJL 2019 provided an excellent setting for us to launch the 2019/20 competition.  Our awards continue to go from strength to strength, gaining increased industry recognition – and support ­– owing to their importance and value for the trade.  This Competition encourages, supports and promotes excellence among designers and craftspeople of all ages, skills, styles and backgrounds, within this – our exceptional industry.”

For more information on the competition and design briefs, visit:


Jessica Green


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