THE GOLDEN NOVA

THE COMPETITION FOR ALL BUDDING TALENT

THE GOLDEN NOVAS 2021: “OPPOSITES ATTRACT!” – ENTRIES NOW OPEN!

It’s here again! INOVA COLLECTION has just launched the third “Golden Nova Awards” in collaboration with jewellery magazine “Schmuck Magazin”. The design competition gives entrants the opportunity not only to present their creations to a wide audience of experts but also to break into the industry.

Young designers, students, apprentices and graduates, start-ups, new entrants, lateral recruits and any other emerging talent are invited to enter for a chance to win a coveted GOLDEN NOVA 2021.

As in previous years, the talent competition will once again be a source of great excitement. OPPOSITES ATTRACT! is the chosen theme for this year, leaving plenty of room for creativity.

The three best placed entries will win generous monetary and material prizes, top advertising opportunities and plenty of industry contacts. All entries will be on display in the Design Area for the full duration of INOVA COLLECTION 2021.

Many thanks to our partners

 



Nominees 2021

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

Stefanie Hinz | Schmuckdesign-groh.de / Zeichenakademie Hanau

Fundamental techniques in the first apprenticeship year: chasing, sawing, soldering, filing, cutting, bending, drilling, milling, polishing, blackening, matting and designing. All incorporated in the opposites of black – white, lustre – matt, large – small, full – empty, – dark – light, fine – coarse.

Opposites attract you! | Necklace, Brooch
Silver 935, cultivated freshwater pearls, black and white bouton

Josef Kammerlander | HTL Steyr

Performance ≠ Value. We live in a performance-driven system where everything is assessed. A line has been crossed: We measure people by their performance even though every human has the same value. My work brings awareness to this idea in that every stone, whether cut or uncut, is given a place,  even though they differ neither proportionally nor extrinsically.

The Way | Necklace
Silver 925, colorit quartz, rock crystal 0.25 ct, all 3.35 ct

Mariann Kiss | Goldschmiede Hartmann Zwickau

The moving blossom with a screw thread in the stalk and interchangeable trim (carved coral, zirkon, small spider, Tahitian pearl) stands for patience, tranquility, composure and clarity of thought. My final apprenticeship piece seizes upon the contrast between nature and technology. The natural form of the blossom has been reduced to simple, geometric shapes. If the spider is added, it looks as though it is sitting in its web. The source of inspiration for this piece was simply an umbrella being put up and down.

Flower ring | Ring
Silver 925, zirkon (6mm), Tahitian pearl (6mm)

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

Sung-Kyung Park | Goldschmiedeatelier Gregor Neuhaus

“Opposites attract” is a statement which owes its validity to hidden commonalities. The attraction can only occur where the opposites are on the same level, or are located in the same field of reference. This is something we deal with every day without even knowing it. (…). Ultimately, it is all just a movement. This piece attempts to represent this symbolically.

Movement| 2-finger ring
Silver 925

Lea-Sophia Reisenzahn | HTL Steyer

DNA and electronics as opposites. Life happens completely of its own accord. It simply comes into being. Technology, on the other hand, needs help to develop and exist. Humans of this century can no longer function without technology. My brooch represents two strands of DNA: life and technology. Both strands run together to become one.

Zeitgeist | Brooch
Aluminium, silver steel

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

Michalina Szyszko | Glitter & EvaStone

Opposites mean something different to everyone. Some people do not believe that opposites can possibly attract. Personally, I think that opposites help us develop our creativity and come up with interesting ideas. That is why I have created something that connects all that is diametrically opposed: work and party, day and night, large and small.

Future | Earrings
Silver 925, black diamond

Lena Taubeck | HTBLA Steyr

The theme is reflected in the different materials, both in the precious silver and the non-precious, hard construction steel. The wave and the triangles are set in contrast to one another while the different forms show that life goes on, regardless of how challenging it may seem at times. The wood adds an element of nature to the jewellery and creates an extra contrast to both manmade materials.

What the next shore brings | Necklace
Silver 925, construction steel

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

Moritz von Coellen | Atelier Moritz von Coellen

The idea behind this design was to combine pearl and carbon – constrasting materials in every way – in one and/or several pieces of jewellery. Here biology and industry meet, as do tradition and high-tech, black and white. Through the converse use of carbon and pearls in both variations, the contrast is driven to the extreme but also overcome.

Earrings
Silver 925, freshwater pearls, carbon

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.

Winner`s prizes 2021

The winner of the GOLDEN NOVAS 2021 will be awarded a voucher for a precious metal weight account with BEDRA GmbH worth EUR 1,500.

The second and third placed winners can look forward to fabulous monetary and material prizes from Flume Technik GmbH and MW Edelsteine.

Admission criteria 2021

The competition is open to up-and-coming talent. University students, apprentices, young designers, start-ups, new and lateral entrants are warmly invited to enter for a chance to win THE GOLDEN NOVA. If you are already working in the field, you should have been doing so for less than a year. There are no age limits or restrictions in terms of jewellery categories.

THE GOLDEN NOVA 2020

Winner 2020

THE COMPETITION WAS ON THE TOPIC: “The Golden 20s”

GOLD

JONATHAN HOLZ | CARBON SCHMUCK

“Classicism, a characteristic style well into the Golden 20s, was a source of inspiration for the bracelet. The clear design vocabulary defined by strict geometry and an essential understanding of nature and its proportions guided and influenced this piece. The decision to draw on and reinterpret old models was another central aspect of this work. It was important to me to capture and then reinterpret this zeitgeist. The individual gold motifs were damascened in the iron meteorites. The iron meteorite was then etched to accentuate the Widmanstätten patterns. The bracelet can only be opened with the right combination.”

ANTIKE | BRACELET WITH COMBINATION LOCK
925 SILVER, GOLD-PLATING

SILVER

LILLY KLATTE | HOCHSCHULE WISMAR

“In the 1920s, almost a third of Germany’s population lived in the cities. In the quest for a better life, they hoped to find work in the increasingly vibrant urban centres. The work of artist Tamara de Lempicka not only reflects the strong, assertive woman who shaped this period but also a variety of urban images. My design represents a city or a building that has gradually been abstracted. The pendant has been milled and then worked.”

EARRINGS
SILVER BRISURE, VENETIAN CHAIN, ACRYLIC GLASS

BRONZE

MAREN SCHULZ | MAARTS MANUFACTURE

“For me, the zeitgeist of the Golden 20s is encapsulated by elegance coupled with unusual designs. This piece of jewellery reflects the attitude of the era, whilst lending the wearer greater charisma. I chose brass as I wanted to create warmth. Back in the day, strong contrasts were all the rage. This encouraged me to blacken parts of the jewellery to accentuate specific elements and shapes. The glass stones underline the elegance and round off the jewellery.”

GOLDEN GEOMETRY | NECKLACE
BRASS, PARTIALLY BLACKENED, BLACK GLASS STONES

AUDIENCE PRIZE

ROBIN SCHEUERMANN | ALTSTADT GALERIE HELENA BERGHOFF

“Inspired by the design vocabulary of the Art Déco era, the opulent design reflects the regained vitality and prosperity of the Golden 20s. The ring, which was intricately assembled by hand, has at its heart an aquamarine which was popular a century ago and whose modern, offhand grinding builds a bridge between the 1920s and today.
The special appeal of this jewellery is accentuated by the champagne-coloured diamond which blends in harmoniously with the warm tone of gold.”

RING
925 SILVER, 750 YELLOW GOLD, AQUAMARINE 5.610CT, ROSE CUT DIAMOND SALT&PEPPER 0.210CT, DIAMOND BRILLIANT CUT 0.072CT

Expert Jury 2020

Petra Bäuerle | Editor-in-Chief of Schmuck Magazin

Petra Bäuerle was born in the gold town of Pforzheim and even as a child had a close relationship with jewellery. After completing a traineeship with a newspaper, she went on to study law, subsequently returning to the world of journalism. In her role as a magazine editor, Petra Bäuerle worked for various reputed titles in Munich (including Ambiente and Harper’s Bazaar) and worked as a freelance journalist for Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Schmuck Magazin. In 2007, she accepted a position as Editor-in-Chief of Schmuck Magazin. Petra Bäuerle has a close affinity to the world of jewellery – from fine jewellery design and author jewellery to fashion and high jewellery

Roland Simons | Designer at Goldschmiede Simons

Roland Simons started his apprenticeship as a goldsmith in Mönchengladbach in 1984, later completing, among others, a visiting degree at the Academy of Drawing in Hanau. In 1995, he became a master goldsmith and a state-certified designer and has been a self-employed goldsmith and jewellery designer in Wegberg ever since. Alongside his goldsmith’s studio, Roland Simons has been producing and distributing his own small-scale chain collection for the past 16 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.

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.

Ena Christ | Influencer

After completing her high-school diploma (Abitur) in Bad Honnef, Germany, Ena Christ trained as an occupational health nurse at the University Hospital in Cologne, where she worked as a theatre nurse. She then studied medicine at Philipps University in Marburg, working for the German Red Cross in her spare time. During her degree, and on completion of her first state examination, she started a blog on fashion and lifestyle topics. The blog initially went by the name of somehappyshoes, but later changed to her own name Ena Christ. She enchants her readers with her exquisite taste for quality and her elegant and modern style.