The best and brightest of the jewellery industry gathered on Monday night for the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards 2020. The prestigious event, dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the jewellery trade, was held at the spectacular Goldsmiths’ Hall in central London and showcased the fantastic work of this years’ entries.
Maisie Sale, talented goldsmith apprentice from Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery attended the awards ceremony after entering the ‘Fairtrade Jewellery’ category with her stylish and adaptable brooch and pendant. The captivatingly colourful piece has been entirely handcrafted by Maisie and won her a well-deserved silver medal.
After dedicating over 75 hours to the brooch-cum-pendant, Maisie had this to say about her fantastic win: “It was an ecstatic moment for me as an apprentice, I felt very honoured and grateful to be a part of the evening and win my first award as a Mounter. I’m extremely thankful for all the teaching and faith from the skilled people around me which lead me to achieve this award.”
The cleverly designed piece has an emphasis on sustainability and takes inspiration from the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. 17 carefully colour matched tapered baguette gemstones each represent one of the SDG icons and create an incredible overall look to the decorative piece.
To coincide with the core values and ethical focus of the United Nation’s SDG’s, the brooch was consciously hand crafted from a single sheet of ethically sourced Fairtrade 9ct yellow gold, which cemented its place in the Fairtrade category.
Maisie was joined at the event by Senior Goldsmith of Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery, Richard Tunstall and her ‘Master’ Harriet Kelsall, who also presented an award at the event on behalf of the NAJ.
Harriet had this to say about Maisie’s medal: “I’m thrilled that Maisie has received a Silver Medal at what really are the jewellery making Oscars. She works so hard and has come such a long way since she began her apprenticeship and it is a joy and a privilege to watch her skills and her confidence grow.”
She goes on to say: “It also means a lot to us all as a team that it was a UN Sustainable Development Goals inspired piece that won and in the Fairtrade section no less, as these things are so important to our team and in line with our values too.”
Maisie joined Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery in 2018 and is bound to Harriet as her Master in the time-honoured tradition of craftsmen learning their trade. Now in her penultimate year as an apprentice, Maisie couldn’t be more thrilled to be honoured by the Goldsmith’s Craft & Design Council with her first award.
Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery’s Hertfordshire studio and workshop is open to the public for you to see Maisie and her fellow goldsmiths hard at work handcrafting jewellery using traditional tools and methods.