The IJL Gold Award for Precious Jewellery was presented on Monday (February 29) to the contemporary jewellery designer, John Moore, at the annual Goldsmiths’ Crafts and Design Competition, following on from which he was awarded the top accolade of the evening, The Goldsmiths’ Company Award for exceptional and outstanding design. It was a night of celebration too for IJL 2015 Bright Young Gem Beau Han Xu, who was presented with two Gold Awards, together with a Silver.
As part of IJL’s long standing commitment to nurture and promote new talent within the industry, the IJL Award attracted 113 entries making it one of the most popular categories of the competition, with entries for not only gold, platinum and palladium jewellery but also silver. Moore’s winning Silver and Diamond Verto Necklace, adorned with twenty-nine diamonds, was acclaimed by the judges for its beautiful craftsmanship, fluidity and striking visual aesthetics. He received a cash prize and the necklace will be on display at IJL this September.
“I am absolutely thrilled to bits about the awards and pretty stunned by the whole experience. I was chuffed to be short listed for the silver jewellery category, it was an honour to be amongst such wonderful designers and craftspeople, but to actually win gold is amazing. Then to hear my name as winner of the Goldsmiths' Award was a total shock. I feel hugely privileged to be part of this world - and to be recognised for my work within that is incredible. Thank so much to IJL, all the judges, the Craft and Design Council and the Goldsmiths' Company. I'm the luckiest man I know!” says John Moore.
Beau Han Xu won two Gold Awards, which included a Special Council Award, in the Fashion Led Conceptual Jewellery category, together with a Silver Award in the Precious Jewellery category for gold, platinum and palladium category, for his SPLASH crystal and glass jewellery collection.
Sam Willoughby, IJL Event Director and GCDC Council representative and chairperson of the judging panel, states: “Having been involved for the past seven years with these prestigious awards, it is very encouraging that the standard of entries this year was particularly high – a true reflection of the wealth of talented designers here in the UK. John’s winning piece well deserves this double coup of two prominent awards, which will undoubtedly boost his reputation as one of our best new young designers. It is equally fantastic to see the progression of Beau’s career since being a Bright Young Gem at IJL last year. Congratulations to them both!”
Jos Skeates, Founder of EC One and Chairman of the GCDC, adds: “The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council is dedicated to working for the industry it seeks to serve in raising standards and promoting excellence in creative design and craftsmanship. This is primarily achieved through its annual competition, but it is dependent on good support from the industry and trade organisations, especially IJL, to achieve these aims. This positive collaboration and common belief enables Council to exhibit and promote the Goldsmiths’ competition at IJL. This is a great platform to formally launch the next annual awards that are based at The Goldsmiths’ Centre and Goldsmiths’ Hall – and this successful partnership is a fine example of working effectively together for the welfare of the industry”.
Made up of 25 categories and attracting 1000 multiple entries across all categories this year, the GCDC Awards - also known as ‘The Jewellery Oscars’ - complement IJL’s other major initiatives such as KickStart (closing date for entries March 13), Bright Young Gems and the Editor’s Choice competition.
Beau Han Xu comments: “Being a Bright Young Gem at IJL was an amazing experience. It provided me with my first commercial platform and the unique opportunity to not only launch my SPLASH diamond and glass collection to a very prestigious group of retailers and buyers but also establish my career as a serious designer - as tonight has shown!”
The winning pieces will be showcased in a public exhibition at the Goldsmith’s Hall from March 1 for four days.
IJL 2016 will run from 4 to 6 September 2016 at Olympia GRAND, London.
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