The Artisan Awards is an initiative spearheaded by the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India; an endeavour that aims to provide a platform for creative professionals to maximise their individualistic and creative ideas in jewellery design.
The thematic contests released annually have witnessed exclusive, never-seen-before, one-of-a-kind jewels that highlight the levels of innovation this industry is capable of. With entries coming in from all parts of the world, this program has proven time and again that it can be global in its outlook, welcoming in its inclusivity and authoritative in its ability to propel careers forward. With many more seasons still to come, The Artisan is well on its to becoming a hallmark for ground-breaking thinking in the jewellery space.
Women with incredible style, punch-you-in-the-face attitude, tumultuous lives, and, an insatiable hunger for beautiful, one-of-a-kind, signature jewels. The gems and baubles they painstakingly collected over their lifetimes each have their individual stories to tell; immensely covetable to date, auctioned off at unheard-of prices and consistently making headlines of their own. This era of women may have sadly ended decades ago, but their legacies lives on.
For the Artisan Awards 2022, we need you to create a piece of jewellery for any of these collectors. Visualize these women as they would have been in their prime – the way they dressed then, their personal style, the kind of jewels they wore, the attitude they projected – and come up with a winner that these icons would wear if they were alive and at their peak today.
NOTE: We’ve seen these powerhouses dripping in diamonds and shining bright in their tiaras and necklaces. Your challenge is to create a smaller piece with maximum impact that will embody and enhance the personality of the woman you choose to design for – think brooches, pendants, rings or earrings.
3 Eras! 625 Entries! 27 Finalists! 9 Winners. For the 2020 edition, legendary British designer Stephen Webster graced the annual momentous event recognising and rewarding the best in jewellery design, The Artisan Jewellery Design Awards, an initiative by the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC). The Artisan Awards epitomises the highest levels of artistry, innovation and individuality - elevating jewellery designers to their rightful status of artistes.
Mr. Stephen Webster said, “For a piece of jewellery materials are everything. Materials and craft form the basis, but the element of design pushes things further. Design competitions are important because they challenge you to push yourself creatively, to push your own boundaries. India is steeped in tradition and India has influenced nearly all jewellery designers. I congratulate all the winners of The Artisan Awards presented by GJEPC and can say we have seen some great pieces.”
I liked it how the participating designers explored their creativity and didn’t limit themselves to only traditional jewellery materials. Pretty much every sketch in the competition stood out and exemplified how one can still push the boundaries of jewellery design
The Artisan by GJEPC is a great initiative because it discovers new talent and gives them a chance to shine. Overall, I was happy to see that most of the entries were aligned with the three genres of Japanesque, Temple and Victorian. Being a jewellery addict, I’m keen to see the final creations of the sketches that we have selected.
Some entries really stood out well as the designers played with the theme and took it out of context in interesting ways, which is what, I guess, The Artisan is looking for. I’d say, technically, the entrants were more aware of jewellery design than most fashion designers are in their field; and that is a good thing.
It was interesting to see some participants really stretch themselves to accommodate the theme and come up with something original. In every category, there were a few renditions that truly stood out.
There were many outstanding entries in the Japanesque category. I enjoyed the way various classical Japanese motifs were worked into new jewellery silhouettes. All the hair ornaments and asymmetrical earrings were delightful. The entries for the Victorian theme had so many nice design flourishes and inventive ideas.
The Artisan Awards was instituted to honour jewellery artists, the hidden champions, who have the courage to think differently and break the mould. The Council aims to make the Artisan a globally recognised Award in the field of jewellery design as the ultimate benchmark for innovation, creativity and design excellence.
The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), is the APEX body for Gem & Jewellery trade in India. Under the aegis of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, the Council spearheads the USD40 billion Gem & Jewellery trade employing a workforce of 5 Million
Set up in 1966, GJEPC represents 7000 members across Gem & Jewellery products from India.