Friedrich Becker Prize Düsseldorf
In awarding the Friedrich Becker Prize - donated by Hildegard Becker - the Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst wishes to commemorate Friedrich Becker (1922-1997) as an extraordinary individual and important designer, and in accordance with his spirit, to recognize the best of the succeeding generations of designers.
The Friedrich Becker Prize is endowed with 5.000 € and has been awarded every three years since 1999 by the Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst for outstanding, independent design with highest-quality execution.
The Silver Triennial has been organized scince 1965 by the Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst and the Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau to promote contemporary silversmithing. Through national and international exhibition programs, it has become recognized worldwide.
Ring of Honour of the Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst
The Ring of Honour of the Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst is awarded in order to honour outstanding artistic achievement as a goldsmith or exemplary work for the vocational traning of youn people in the trade and charitable work in the field of goldsmiths' art. The circle of former bearers of the ring of honour chooses the successive bearer.
IIn the first years, the Ring of Honour was created by the workshop of H. J. Wilm, Hamburg. Today the ring shall be awarded to the new bearer as a present of the goldsmith who was last awarded the ring.
The ring, made of gold, shows the picture of an eagle. Since 1933, 41 internationally acclaimed artists have been awarded with the Ring of Honour.
The Gold Medal of the Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst
The Gold Medal was established as early as 1932, in the society’s founding year. For the design of this award, an artistic competition was announced from which the Berlin sculptor, Professor Kurt Schumacher (1905 – 1942) emerged as the prizewinner. On the face side, his medal shows a winged muse with a laurel wreath symbolizing honor in her right hand.
The awarding of the Gold Medal is based on the desire to distinguish and honor those persons who have earned exceptional merit in the promotion of gold- and silversmiths’ art with all of its related problems and functions of cultural and economic activity.