BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 07 Jan '18

New Fairtrade Jewellery Design category added to the Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council Awards

Submissions are open for the Fairtrade Jewellery Design category of the Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council Awards 2018, sponsored by Ingle & Rhode.

The 2018 awards include a new Fairtrade category for ethical jewellery designers. Entrants are asked to design a fine jewellery ring, pendant or pair of earrings that are sympathetic, symbolic and supportive to the natural world and global preservation issues.

Creative and ethical fine jewellery

The design should be a one-off exclusive jewel, cast and hand-finished in 9ct, 14ct or 18ct Fairtrade gold (white, yellow or rose, or in combinations) to a maximum of 15gms (finished weight), and incorporating up to a total of 0.3ct of round brilliant cut white diamonds (to be no smaller than 0.8mm diameter/approximately 0.003ct).

Supported by Ingle & Rhode, the award seeks to identify and reward creative design for ethical fine jewellery.

See your design come to life

The winning entrant, who retains copyright on their design, will have the opportunity to liaise with Ingle & Rhode and oversee the production of their design, exclusively using ethically sourced precious metals and gems.

The finished jewel will be donated to the Fairtrade Foundation and the winner of this special award will receive a cash prize.

All work submitted is judged by experts drawn from their specialist fields within the profession. The competition will culminate in a prestigious awards evening at Goldsmiths’ Hall, followed by an exhibition of award-winning pieces and selected entries.