De Beers Award : Agincourt Ring
For almost half a century, the De Beers Diamonds - International Awards, discovered and celebrated brilliance in diamond jewellery design. Considered the 'Oscars' of the jewellery industry, The De Beers Diamonds - International Awards were the most coveted and prestigious awards for excellence in jewellery design and craftsmanship. Winning entries required jewellery designers to create exceptional jewels with strong narratives, meticulous details and fine craftsmanship.
The Diamonds-International Awards, sponsored by De Beers, originated in 1953 and have been the source of some of the most original and influential designs in diamond jewellery and jewellery in general. The last edition of these biennial competitions took place in the year 2000.
In 1972 Elizabeth was given one of these highly acclaimed awards for her innovative flexible ‘Agincourt’ ring, which was hailed an engineering masterpiece. It was unusual for a woman, at that time win such a prestigious award – in a male dominated industry. And it was an important step in establishing Elizabeth Gage as one of a new group of designers who challenged traditional jewellery designs with her bold and creative designs.