Raw Pearls Pearl Design Competition

Raw Pearls Pearl Design Competition

pearl design competitionThe Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Council has announced its Craft & Design Awards for 2015/2016. The pearl design award is sponsored by Raw Pearls.

Pearl Jewellery Design  Sponsored by Raw Pearls

Pearls – reflecting on their everlasting fascination and appealing visual qualities use ‘delicate and bold’ as contrasting statements to design a piece of fine jewellery. Your proposal should aim to showcase the beauty of this gemstone, and the pearl or pearls should be the primary focus of the piece.

This pearl design award seeks to encourage and reward the innovative use of pearls within contemporary fine jewellery design.

Other Awards

There are many awards which are bestowed every year to acknowledge the achievements of crafts men and women in their area of specialism. There are several other jewellery design awards, including Fashion jewellery (sponsored by QVC) and Jewellery Design (sponsored by Shangrila Gems).

History of the Awards

The Council Awards embrace every aspect of craft and design currently being practised in the UK industry. Diverse and wide ranging, the skill set of the British silversmithing, jewellery and allied trades is showcased annually as part of the Council’s unique national competition to which there is no parallel in the UK.

All submissions entered into the competition are judged by skilled and experience practitioners drawn from their specialist fields of expertise within their profession.

Through this process of peer inspection and interrogation, work is endorsed by professionals to the highest standards and objectives set by the Council. Thus  validating the status and quality of these awards. The Council promotes and encourages participation in the competition by means of an exhibition which displays the winners’work at Goldsmiths hall annually.

These are very prestigious awards and considered to be the Oscars of the jewellery, craft and design Industry.

Who can Enter?

The eligibility for submission of work to the awards requires applicants to be based and working within the United Kingdom and who are engaged in designing or working with precious metals, gemstones and other allied materials.

Work submitted to the competition needs to have been completed in the UK within 12 months preceding the closing dates for entries.

For the purposes of these Awards and in order to judge entries fairly individuals are categorised as Senior and Junior entrants in the craft sections of the competition.

To this end all those undergoing training on a recognised full or part time course of study or as an apprentice up until the date of submitting work into the competition, are classified as ‘Junior’.

All entrants over the age of 30 on 1st of February are classified as ‘Senior’. There is no upper age limit.

How To Enter

To make it even easier to enter, there is now the ability to enter on-line. Click here to go to be directed to the entry page.Enter here

There is no charge for entering a design or 3D piece of work into the competition irrespective of the number of entries you wish to submit. All details of how to complete and submit an application form are on our website and you can do this on line, download a form to complete or collect a hard copy form from any of the four Assay Offices in the UK.

An application form has to be fully completed and submitted with your entry and we advise you to take time and care to ensure that all relevant information is completed before you submit, and we encouraged you to use the on line form because this is a fail-safe system for completing the process.

Last Years Winner

The Gold awards went to Xing Zhou for the ‘Enamelled Pearl Necklace’, and to Elsa Tierney for the‘Bubble Blown’ necklace.

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Raw Pearls Gold Award went to Xing Zhou for the Enamelled Pearl Necklace


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Elsa Tierney for the Bubble Blown Necklace











Commendations went to Yuanming Song for the ‘Moving Pearl Ring’ and to Daisy Choi for the ‘Black Tahitian Pearl Ring’.


We are encouraging everyone to enter and this is recognised as THE industry design event in the country. Apply today! There is a cash prize for the winner! Good luck!