Awards and Recognition

The Village Goldsmith is so proud of our design team's exceptional creativity and our jeweller's meticulous expertise

2022 Red Dot Design Awards

Award for Product Design

The Floeting® Diamond won the prestigious 2022 Red Dot Design Award for Product Design in Essen, Germany. As one of the biggest design competitions in the world, the Red Dot Awards attract over 18,000 design professionals, companies, and organizations from more than 60 countries each year. The 2022 Red Dot jury comprised 50 international designers, design professors and journalists from 23 countries. We are so honoured for this recognition.

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2022 NZ Hi-Tech Awards

Finalist for Most Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product

The Floeting® Diamond's revolutionary setting design was recently recognised at the NZ Hi-Tech Awards - one of the most sought-after accolades within the technology sector.

We're delighted to receive recognition from this sector for decades of research and development that led to the invention of The Floeting® Diamond setting.

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2019 Jewellery Design Awards

Finalist in the Pearl Category

The Tāne pendant was inspired by the Māori Legend of Tāne. Tāne, god of forests and birds, decided to separate his parents, Papatuanuku, the Earth mother, and Ranginui, the Sky father, who were in a tight embrace causing nothing but darkness. The pendant and its elongated design represent Tāne and his siblings’ journey of separating their parents to reveal the light, thus creating Earth.  

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2018 Te Puna Foundation Sufferage 125 Jewellery Collection

A Village Goldsmith Collaboration

As part of the celebrations 125 years on from winning the right for NZ women to vote, Te Puna Foundation - the independent charity established to support the National Library - invited The Village Goldsmith to design a pin, pendant and earrings to pay tribute to this achievement. The 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition is on display as part of the permanent multi-award winning He Tohu exhibition at the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington.

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2016 Dan Carter Collaboration for Charity

After Dan Carter played his 100th test game for the All Blacks, he designed a limited collector’s edition boot to celebrate the achievement. Named the DC100, only 100 pairs of these custom gold and red coloured, size 11 boots were made. Our creative team was inspired to handcraft a pair of 9 carat gold miniature rugby boots to be worn as a pendant. We added a Village Goldsmith touch by putting diamonds in the soles.

We then collaborated with Dan to raise donations for The iSPORT Foundation, of which Dan Carter is a founding member and ambassador. We drew a winner of the pendant with 100% of donations going to help young Kiwis fulfil their dreams just like Dan did.

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2016 Best Design Awards

Bronze Award-Winning Diamond Ring Designs

The Village Goldsmith's Inspired Jewellery team was thrilled to hear that two of our diamond ring designs were named as Finalists in the 2016 Designer's Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards in the Designed Objects category. The Patai Delicate Diamond Ring went on to win the Bronze Award.

Read about the inspirations and design of the Patai Delicate Diamond Ring and the Rotec Diamond Ring below.

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2016 MJSA Vision Awards

Winner of 2nd Place Professional Design Excellence

When we came into possession of a 232 carat, natural blue, triangular cabochon topaz, we knew it was destined for a magnificent piece of jewellery. When one of the team described it as if you’re looking into a swirling ocean filled with all sorts of wonders, the story of Maui fishing up the North Island sprang to Ian’s mind. The topaz became a symbol of that story and the design grew from there.

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