THE GOLDEN NOVA

THE COMPETITION FOR ALL BUDDING TALENT

THE GOLDEN NOVAS 2022: “IN A FRENZY OF COLOUR”

Here we go again! In our anniversary year at the INOVA COLLECTION we cannot, of course, leave out our design competition DIE GOLDENE NOVA, run in collaboration with Schmuck magazine. This competition offers entrants the opportunity not only to reach a broad trade audience with their creations but also to make a successful entrance into the industry.

Young designers, students, apprentices and graduates, startups as well as new entrants and those starting afresh from other backgrounds, other new talent – all are warmly invited once again to enter the GOLDENE NOVA 2022 competition.

The talent contest is sure to generate plenty of excitement again this year – especially so in view of the vast scope for creativity offered by the theme: IN A FRENZY OF COLOUR

The competition process starts on 6 Jan 2022!

Our partners in 2022

 



Expert Jury 2022

Kurt Soucek | Vice President, Zentralverband der Deutschen Goldschmiede, Silberschmiede und Juweliere e. V. 

Kurt Soucek is a second-generation master gold- and silversmith and has been self-employed since 1982 – initially in Luxembourg, and later in Frankfurt and Hofheim. He has been guild master of the guild of gold- and silversmiths in Frankfurt am Main (Gold-und Silberschmiede Innung Frankfurt am Main) for the past 25 years and was appointed managing director several years ago. Kurt Soucek is also a member of the plenum for the region’s chamber of craft (Handwerkskammer Frankfurt Rhein-Main) and a member of its vocational training committee. As an expert in international cooperation (international master), a member of the board of trustees at Zeichenakademie Hanau (for 8 years) and a board member of Gebrüder Grimm Akademie in Hanau, Kurt Soucek has accumulated a wealth of expertise in his field. He has been on the executive committee of the German Confederation of Goldsmiths, Silversmiths and Jewellers (Zentralverband der Deutschen Goldschmiede, Silberschmiede und Juweliere e. V.) since 2000, as well as vice-president for the past 8 years.

Michael Jahr | Head of Gold- und Silberschmied-Innung und Juweliere Frankfurt

Michael Jahr completed his training as a goldsmith with Uhren Weiss in Rüsselsheim. After three years, he decided to further his education by training to become a state-certified jewellery designer in Idar-Oberstein. During his training, he also became a master goldsmith at the Chamber of Crafts in Koblenz. In July 1992, Michael Jahr turned to self-employment running his own goldsmith’s studio in Rüsselsheim. He is head of the guild Gold- und Silberschmiede-Innung sowie Juweliere in Frankfurt am Main. He has won the FBZ Ahlen international design competition and sat on the jury of the 16th Hessian Design Prize.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hensel | University of Pforzheim

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hensel studied philosophy, art history, classical archaeology and business management in Hamburg, Munich and Vallendar. He is a winner of the Aby M. Warburg Prize awarded by the Senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg. In 2013, he was appointed Professor of Art and Design Theory at the School of Design at the University of Pforzheim. He is also a member of the Faculty of Danube University Krems, Director of the Institute for Human Engineering & Empathic Design in Pforzheim (HEED) and exhibition curator. His main research areas are media history and the history of knowledge and science in art science (especially Aby Warburg), game studies, Old German painting and drawing (esp. Albrecht Dürer and the Danube School) and design history and theory (esp. Bauhaus and Ulm School of Design).

Dr. Christianne Weber-Stöber | Head of Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus | Managing Director of Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst

Dr. Christianne Weber-Stöber, art historian and jewellery scientist, numerous publications to contemporary jewellery and hollow- and flatware design. Publications to jewellery, fashion, silverware, focal point  20th/21st century. Since 1989 general manager of the Association for Goldsmiths’ Art in Hanau, a non-profit association promoting gold- and silverware design on national and international rank. Priority has the promotion of young artists by competitions, exhibitions and publications. Since 2006 director of the German Goldsmiths’ House, whose exhibition emphasis is the contemporary jewellery and hollow- and flatware design.

A member of the editorial board of the Schmuck Magazin

Winners' prizes 2022

Valuable cash and material prizes from our sponsors await the top three winning talents:

1st place

Awarded by: BEDRA

Prize money:

  • €1500 credit balance on precious metal account
  • Personal guided tour of the BEDRA company headquarters plus 2 nights’ hotel accommodation (in double room) in Stuttgart incl. travel by train

 

2st place

Awarded by: FLUME Technik

Prize money:

  • Shopping voucher for €1200
  • Training course for impulse welding technique

 

3st place

Awarded by: KalbArt

Prize money:

  • Shopping voucher for €800

The first 3 winners will receive a free annual subscription to the newspaper Goldschmiede Zeitung.

Alongside the jury’s awards, those nominated also have the chance of winning the GOLDENE NOVA audience prize and then exhibiting free of charge during the INOVA COLLECTION 2023.

The winners will be announced during the INOVA COLLECTION at the event itself.

Admission criteria 2022

  • The contest is aimed at new talent. In this context, all university and college students, apprentices, young designers, startups and new entrants, including those starting afresh from other backgrounds, are invited to enter the GOLDENE NOVA competition.
  • Those already working in the trade must have been doing so for no more than a year. Age and jewellery category are no barrier to entry.
  • Each participant and each company can enter only one finished piece of jewellery into the competition. Designs, drawings and unfinished items of jewellery cannot be accepted; nor can jewellery sets (except a pair of earrings).
  • Previous entrants for the GOLDENE NOVA may compete again for GOLDENE NOVA 2022 as long as they meet the above criteria. In such cases, the item of jewellery must be a new piece that conforms to the current theme.
  • Those who belong to one of the companies exhibiting in the INOVA COLLECTION 2022 may enter as long as they meet the above criteria.

THE GOLDEN NOVA 2021

Winner 2021

GOLD

Stefanie Taxer | HTBLA Steyr

The theme of this necklace is reflected in the rock crystals that set themselves apart from the jewellery to create a visible contrast. Created by human hand, the necklace stands in opposition to the crystals, which are uncut and have been left in their natural form, reflecting nature and the manmade object.

Process of the clear quartz | Necklace
Silver 925, rock crystal

SILVER

Rhea Auberger | HTL Steyr

The opposites are reflected in the two processing techniques where the cuttlebone casting is synonymous with the old and traditional while the 3D print stands for state-of-the-art technologies. The joining of these two opposites gives rise to an unusual piece of jewellery. The shapes are interwoven to highlight how opposites attract. This work is a symbiosis of conventional and innovative techniques.

Necklace
Silver 925

BRONZE

Malin Sleeboom | Petra Gutschow

The sea anemone drives away predators with its poisonous sting. To protect itself, the clown fish uses the anemone’s defence system to its own advantage. It becomes accustomed to its sting and finds shelter in the sea anemone. Both depend upon each other. The anemone offers the fish protection while the fish maintains cleanliness and helps the anemone to attract its prey. They are both very different but need each other!

Symbiosis | Head jewellery, Brooch
Sterling silver 925, steel, silicon, coral, freshwater pearls, aventurine quartz, enamel

AUDIENCE PRIZE

Veronica Oyarzun | WIEBKE PEPER ATELIER

There is a force of attraction that matter cannot resist: the gravitational pull of a black hole. (…). At the heart of a black hole, there is singularity. It is a place where time and space stand still. All known laws of nature are invalidated. Familiar abundance is drawn to the spaceless darkness of the unknown. Everything longs for the void. The void envelops everything.

Star dust and black hole | Brooch, Necklace
Yellow gold  Au 900 granulated – silver Ag 925,  16 diamonds round/  ca. 0.016 ct

Expert Jury 2021

Catharina Schupp | Editor-in-Chief Schmuck Magazin

Catharina Schupp was born in Stuttgart in 1984 and has been based in Vienna since 2016. She completed her degree in art history and political science in Eichstätt and Trier. In 2012, Catharina Schupp completed her training as a gemmologist at the German gemmology society (Deutsche Gemmologische Gesellschaft Idar-Oberstein – DGemG). She went on to work as a jewellery valuer, among others, for a German and Vienna-based auction house. She joined Meth Media as an editor in mid-2017. After being appointed senior duty editor for Schmuck Magazin in September 2019, she was promoted to editor-in-chief in September 2020.

Kurt Soucek | Vice President, Zentralverband der Deutschen Goldschmiede, Silberschmiede und Juweliere e. V. 

Kurt Soucek is a second-generation master gold- and silversmith and has been self-employed since 1982 – initially in Luxembourg, and later in Frankfurt and Hofheim. He has been guild master of the guild of gold- and silversmiths in Frankfurt am Main (Gold-und Silberschmiede Innung Frankfurt am Main) for the past 25 years and was appointed managing director several years ago. Kurt Soucek is also a member of the plenum for the region’s chamber of craft (Handwerkskammer Frankfurt Rhein-Main) and a member of its vocational training committee. As an expert in international cooperation (international master), a member of the board of trustees at Zeichenakademie Hanau (for 8 years) and a board member of Gebrüder Grimm Akademie in Hanau, Kurt Soucek has accumulated a wealth of expertise in his field. He has been on the executive committee of the German Confederation of Goldsmiths, Silversmiths and Jewellers (Zentralverband der Deutschen Goldschmiede, Silberschmiede und Juweliere e. V.) since 2000, as well as vice-president for the past 8 years.

Michael Jahr | Head of Gold- und Silberschmied-Innung und Juweliere Frankfurt

Michael Jahr completed his training as a goldsmith with Uhren Weiss in Rüsselsheim. After three years, he decided to further his education by training to become a state-certified jewellery designer in Idar-Oberstein. During his training, he also became a master goldsmith at the Chamber of Crafts in Koblenz. In July 1992, Michael Jahr turned to self-employment running his own goldsmith’s studio in Rüsselsheim. He is head of the guild Gold- und Silberschmiede-Innung sowie Juweliere in Frankfurt am Main. He has won the FBZ Ahlen international design competition and sat on the jury of the 16th Hessian Design Prize.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hensel | University of Pforzheim

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hensel studied philosophy, art history, classical archaeology and business management in Hamburg, Munich and Vallendar. He is a winner of the Aby M. Warburg Prize awarded by the Senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg. In 2013, he was appointed Professor of Art and Design Theory at the School of Design at the University of Pforzheim. He is also a member of the Faculty of Danube University Krems, Director of the Institute for Human Engineering & Empathic Design in Pforzheim (HEED) and exhibition curator. His main research areas are media history and the history of knowledge and science in art science (especially Aby Warburg), game studies, Old German painting and drawing (esp. Albrecht Dürer and the Danube School) and design history and theory (esp. Bauhaus and Ulm School of Design).

Dr. Christianne Weber-Stöber | Head of Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus | Managing Director of Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst

Dr. Christianne Weber-Stöber, art historian and jewellery scientist, numerous publications to contemporary jewellery and hollow- and flatware design. Publications to jewellery, fashion, silverware, focal point  20th/21st century. Since 1989 general manager of the Association for Goldsmiths’ Art in Hanau, a non-profit association promoting gold- and silverware design on national and international rank. Priority has the promotion of young artists by competitions, exhibitions and publications. Since 2006 director of the German Goldsmiths’ House, whose exhibition emphasis is the contemporary jewellery and hollow- and flatware design.