The awards ceremony, reportedly known as the ‘Jewellery Oscars’, was hosted by British jewellery writer and editor Rachael Taylor. Overall, more than 300 guests were welcomed, including representatives from jewellery houses, sponsors, industry associations, designers and the UK media.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Malcolm Appleby for his contribution and commitment to the jewellery profession, and the senior award was presented to Alexandra Raphael for the Lace Plique-a-jour bowl.
Additionally, the College Trophy was presented to Birmingham City University, which is awarded to the college or university that has achieved the highest total of points accumulated from any gold, silver and bronze awards given in the competition.
Meanwhile, the junior award went to Martina Grumitt, a diamond mounter, for the Ballerina Hibiscus Dress Brooch. The Theo Fennell Apprentice and Master Award also went to Lewis Towens (Apprentice) and Paul Towens (Master) for Lewis’ Gentleman’s Box.
The annual competition rewards technical skills and creative design in precious metals and related materials. The GC&DC, which operates the competition, encourages established craftspersons and designers in the industry, as well as apprentices and students to enter their work.
Peter Crump, chair of GC&DC, said: “These awards would not have been possible without the continued generosity of our patrons and sponsors, and the passion and dedication of our essential industry Judges. On behalf of the council, I thank you all.
“To all entrants we say a huge thank you for entering work in this year’s competition. Winning an award is of course uplifting and a fine indicator of standards achieved, but of even greater value is the act of participating in this unique opportunity to learn, raise your own personal bar, share good practice and encourage each other.”