INOVA Awards


Young designers, university graduates and goldsmiths were invited to apply for the GOLDEN NOVAS 2019. Introduced in cooperation with German jewellery magazine Schmuck Magazin, the Awards will be presented this year for the first time, providing creative talent with an exciting platform for presenting their innovative jewellery, now and in the future.

Spotlight guaranteed!
The INOVA COLLECTION is a perfect opportunity to present creative pieces of jewellery to a wide specialist audience and to forge valuable business contacts. In its role as media partner, Schmuck Magazin will report in detail on the nominations and award winners of the GOLDEN NOVAS 2019 both in the run-up to and after the fair.

The Awards Presentation took place at INOVA NIGHT on 24 August on the Island of Nonnenau.

Besides the jury awards, the entries were also in with a chance of winning the GOLDEN NOVA Audience Award. The winner of the Audience Award will be showcased in the Philipp-Becker Area at INOVA COLLECTION 2020.

This year’s creations for the GOLDEN NOVA reflected the theme: Autumn Fire.

Expert Jury 2019

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

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).

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.

Jens Frey | Organiser of INOVA COLLECTION

In his role as Managing Director of MUVEO GmbH, Jens Frey organises a variety of trade-led exhibition formats focusing on textiles, outdoor living, jewellery and accessories. Working in close collaboration with the jewellery and timepiece retail trade, he and Martin Weskamp devised the concept behind today’s INOVA COLLECTION, successfully positioning it on the market last year. Creating and effectively implementing future scenarios for bricks-and-mortar retailers and related formats are among the passions of the team. This comprehensive field of activity provides not only solid market and industry knowledge but also a firm foundation for interpreting and reading trends.

And the winner is…









We would like to thank all the participants and especially the nominees!


24 –26 August 2019

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