GOLDENE NOVA 2023

THE COMPETITION FOR ALL BUDDING TALENT

DIE GOLDEN NOVAS 2023: “JEWELLERY OF THE FUTURE: VISION 2035”

Also at our new location in Frankfurt, we could not leave out our design competition DIE GOLDENE NOVA. 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.

At the awards ceremony on the first day of the fair, the proud winners were able to receive their trophies for gold, silver and bronze. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our top-class jury of experts and our prize money sponsors Burger Edelmetalle, Flume Technik and Hesse GmbH & Co. KG.

Our Partners 2023

 

PRESENTATION OF WINNER 2023

GOLD
JIAYI ZHANG | JIAYI ZHANG

The “Jewellery of the Future: Vision 2035” embodies the idea of a harmonious coexistence between man and nature. It is an expression of hope for a world where innovation and sustainability go hand in hand. This ring is more than just a piece of jewellery. It is a reminder that we are the creators of our own future and that our decisions and actions can determine the course of our world.

THE ETERNITY RING: AN ODE TO THE FUTURE | RING
SILK FABRIC, SILK THREADS, TITANIUM, SILVER 925 | CITRIN

SILVER
PATRICIA OKAY KOCH | GOLDSMITHS FORUM, VIENNA

The ring was born from the idea of representing my homeland Brazil and depicting the nature of the Amazon in its beauty and splendour. The open shapes symbolise branches and leaves of the ancient forest. When the ring is opened, the blooming giant water lily appears. The hide-and-seek game invites you to explore the “natural secrets of Brazil”. The piece sees itself as my vision for 2035, where the journey through nature continues into the future.

VITÓRIA-RÉGIA (GIANT WATER LILY) | RING
YELLOW GOLD 750/000, RUTILATED QUARTZ 12.81 CT, PINK SAPPHIRE 0.20 CT AND GREEN SAPPHIRE 0.30 CT

BRONZE
STEPHAN GÜNTHER | HANAU STATE DRAWING ACADEMY

The bracelet was created as part of project on the topic of small series. Starting with “plastic waste” objects, these were broken down two-dimensionally by “One Minute Sculptures”. The designs were then merged back into new ornaments and objects. In order to obtain three-dimensional shapes again, I programmed these drawings parametrically in Rhinoceros 3D using Grasshopper. The bracelet was then cast in silver using 3D printing in castable resin.

PARAMETRIC ORNAMENT BRACELET | BRACELET
SILVER 935

Expert Jury 2023

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.

Axel HenselderAxel Henselder | Editor-in-chief of the goldsmiths’ newspaper, GZ Goldschmiede Zeitung

Axel Henselder is a qualified publisher and graduate in business administration who has been editor-in-chief of the leading industry journal, GZ Goldschmiede Zeitung, since 2004. As such, he has been a member of the jury panel or assessor for several well-known awards, including selections for the Talents Area at the Tendence trade fair in Frankfurt, the German Jewellery and Gemstone Prize in Idar-Oberstein and the Tahitian Pearl Trophy. He was previously responsible for special interest and trade titles at Frankfurt-based publishers Umschau Zeitschriftenverlag and for the corporate communication publications service at Hoechst AG.

Admission criteria 2023

  • 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 2023 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 2023 may enter as long as they meet the above criteria.