The Leopard Awards - a Celebration of Jewellery, in Aid of The Prince’s Trust
Goldsmiths' Hall, EC2V 6BN
On the evening of Wednesday 15 November 2017, a star-studded guest list gathered at London’s historic Goldsmith’s Hall to celebrate the wonder and desire that jewellery inspires in film, fashion and art...
The inaugural Leopard Awards took place in the Livery Hall at Goldsmiths’ Hall in aid of The Prince’s Trust. An initiative launched by leading figures from the world of British jewellery known as the London Leopards – Solange Azagury-Partridge, Susan Farmer, Theo Fennell, Shaun Leane, Stephen Webster and Carol Woolton - the Leopard Awards celebrated the creativity and craftsmanship of British jewellery as it honoured the wonder and desire that jewellery inspires in film, fashion and art.
The first awards ceremony took its name from the Leopard Hallmark that has been used to mark gold and silver pieces produced in London since 1363. The Goldsmiths’ Hall has been home to the British gold, silver and jewellery industry for over 700 years.
In an event celebrating the past, present and future of British jewellery and expertly presided over by compere, comedian and presenter Alexander Armstrong, the Leopard Awards also saw the launch of a new mentoring programme for emerging designers.
The Leopard Award for Jewellery in the Arts
Winner - The Victoria and Albert Museum
For their acquisition of a diamond and sapphire coronet designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria in 1840, the year of their marriage. Accepted by Richard Edgcumbe, Senior Curator at the V&A, the award was presented by acclaimed English actress Helen McCrory.
The Leopard Jewellery in Fashion Award 2017
Winner - Daphne Guinness
Presented by Gareth Pugh
The Leopard Legend Award 2017
Winner - Sir Elton John CBE
Accepted on his behalf by his husband David Furnish. Presented by the BBC’s Claudia Winkleman.
The Leopard Award for Jewellery on Screen 2017
Winner - The Crown
Awarded to Netflix’s award winning hit series The Crown and accepted by English actress Vanessa Kirby. Presented by English film and theatre producer Robert Fox.
Attending the Leopards awards were leading figures from the worlds of jewellery, art, fashion, music and film, including Vanessa Kirby, Helen McCrory, Alexander Armstrong, Claudia Winkelman, Daisy Lowe, Jade Jagger, Gareth Pugh, Sabine Getty, Ronan Keating, Simon and Yasmin Le Bon, Amber Le Bon, David Furnish, Amanda Wakely, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Giles Deacon, Richard Edgcumbe, Eugenie Niarchos, Noor Fares, Trevor Eve, Kelly Hoppen, Plum Sykes, Rover Fox, Emilia Wickstead, Mary Katrantzou, Daphne Guinness, Dylan Jones, Suzy Menkes, Venetia Scott, Katy England, Bobby Gillespie, Lauren and Gary Kemp, Ronni Ancona, Osman Yousefada, Lady Kitty Spencer, Amelia Windsor, Harland Miller, Tom and Sarah Parker Bowles, Ozwald Boateng, Mat Collishaw and Arizona Muse.
Just as dessert was about to be served, Vogue's Jewellery Editor and London Leopard Carol Woolton took to the stage to announce that four guests who had discovered a gold star beneath their chocolate log were the lucky winners of a Forevermark cushion cut diamond from the Forevermark Black Label Collection. The four lucky winners will each have their diamonds set into a unique piece of jewellery designed by one of the four Leopards.
During the course of the evening The Leopards announced a new mentorship programme with The Prince’s Trust where young craftspeople and budding jewellery designers will be awarded the opportunity to train in the workshops and studios of The London Leopards. The Leopard brief given to young designers, supported by the Prince’s Trust, was to design a piece of jewellery motivated by the spirit of London
The winning designs chosen will be produced under the guidance of the Leopards and sold at their own stores and boutiques
.Proceeds from sales will be donated to The Prince’s Trust.
Louis Browning, Katherine Anderson, Mollie Rose Hemming, Hannah Jackson.