INOVA Awards

THE COMPETITION FOR BUDDING TALENT

Young designers, students, apprentices and graduates, start-ups, industry entrants, lateral recruits and all other emerging talent were warmly invited to compete for a coveted GOLDEN NOVA. Designed to provide innovative talent with a platform for their jewellery, the 2020 accolades has been awarded in collaboration with German jewellery magazine Schmuck Magazin for the second time. Generous monetary and material prizes, top advertising opportunities and plenty of industry contacts await the winners.

In addition to the jury-led awards, the nominees had the chance to win the GOLDEN NOVA Audience Prize. The winner of the Audience Award is given the opportunity to exhibit in the Special Area at INOVA COLLECTION 2021.

This year’s theme was: The Golden 20s – inspired by the zeitgeist of the 1920s

Winner 2020

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

Prizes

GOLD:
Voucher for a precious metal weight account from BEDRA GmbH worth € 1.500
& Exclusive blog post by Ena Christ


SILVER:

Purchase voucher from FLUME Technik GmbH worth € 800


BRONZE:
Purchase voucher from Emil Weis Opals worth € 600

Expert Jury

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.

Entry Criteria

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.

Special thanks to our partners

THE GOLDEN NOVA 2019

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.

Winner 2019

The creations for the GOLDEN NOVA 2019 reflected the theme: Autumn Fire.

GOLDEN NOVA GOLD

MICHAELA WIECEK | SCHMUCK HAUTNAH

GOLDEN NOVA AUDIENCE AWARD

SILKE LIPSCH | ADL – ARTDELIPSCH

GOLDEN NOVA SILVER

CLAUDIA HILL | GOLDSCHMIEDEGALERIE CLAUDIA HILL

GOLDEN NOVA BRONZE

ANNE MENZEL

INOVA COLLECTION

28 –30 August 2021

Opening hours

Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 7pm
Monday: 10am – 5pm

Venue

Messecenter Rhein-Main
Robert-Bosch-Straße 5–7
65719 Hofheim-Wallau