Nobel Jewellery Prize 2015

From a tradition started by your’s truly in 2010, it is now time to present the winners of the Nobel Jewellery Prize 2015.

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 was awarded to Svetlana Aleksijevitj. By collecting and capturing self experienced stories from people around her she paints a vibrant, honest picture of life as it is.

The 2015 Nobel Jewellery Prize in Literature goes to Lisa Walker. This artist assembles objects and pieces from the environment around her. She has a unique eye for details and her work reflects the ambiance of both past and present times.



Brooch by Lisa Walker, 2003, glue, gold (24ct) courtesy of The Young, Wellington, New Zealand
Private collection

Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar got the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Their research has revealed how damaged DNA is repaired and how genetic information is protected. This knowledge can for example be used when developing new cancer treatments.

Alexander Blank is well known for his bold and challenging artistic expression. In the “Jimmy“ series Blank has used portraits of famous or “quasi-important” people. Parts of the faces have been erased, cutting off some of the information and some of the person’s trademark. Alexander Blank investigates how information is lost and how new information is found again. He has learned to master the skill to capture materials and information and transforming it into pieces that leaves no viewer indifferent to his work. For this achievement we are awarding Alexander Blank the 2015 Nobel Jewellery Prize in Chemistry.

A_Blank_brooch_2013_Jimmy_28Jimmy brooch by Alexander Blank, 2013, high density foam, graphite, silver, paint. Photo: Mirei Takeuchi


2015’s Nobel Prize in Medicine was given to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura for creating a new therapy for malaria and other infections caused by parasites. They have discovered and refined medicines that treat diseases causing suffering and death.

Satoshi Ōmura has developed traditional Chinese medicine with modern knowledge making a cure for one of the largest epidemics of our time. We are giving the Nobel Jewellery Prize in Medicine 2015 to Estonian artist Nils Hint.

Nils Hint conjoins traditional jewellery with the raw, heavy aesthetics of a blacksmith. Hint’s jewellery pieces reveal an unexpected inner nature of the smithery and shows it’s naked beauty. Hint has developed contemporary artwork where the silhouettes speak of industrial history and at the same time indicates an interesting and beautiful future.


Nils worksShadow, brooches by Nils Hint, 2014, forged iron. Photo: Nils Hint


Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald have proved that neutrinos have the ability to change identity. Thousands of billions of neutrinos run through our bodies every second. They used to be considered to be without mass but the winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 have made it clear that they do. This discovery changes our notions about the universe, it’s history and future.

The Nobel Jewellery Prize in Physics 2015 goes to David Bielander. This artist transforms the core of the material, induce a new quality that totally changes the identity of the material as well as our comprehension of weight, value and substantial structures.



Cardboard, bracelet by David Bielander, 2015, silver patinated, white gold. Photo: Dirk Eisel


The Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2015 was this year awarded to Angus Deaton. By looking at consumption at an individual level he has mapped out economic patterns. His research gives answers on how to deal with poverty and to stimulate welfare.

One of the big problems of today is mass-consumption and production of unnecessary products. Art jewellery often contains more time, thought and craft than exploitation of natural resources. In the Contemporary Jewelry Exchange project jewellery artists are paired up and asked to create an individual piece of jewellery especially for each other.

By making pieces of jewellery especially for a selected person, the Contemporary Jewelry Exchange project and the publication visualizes the effect of creating custom made pieces. The Nobel Jewellery Prize in Economics goes to an initiative that creates custom-made solutions minimizing waste, turning time and thought into objects and makes for sustainable development.

To the left: My Iron Lung. Pendant by Dauvit Alexande, corroded iron box-girder, silver, polycarbonate reflector material from a crashed car, nickel-silver rods, copper, 9 ct gold, included quartz, tourmaline, amethyst, peridot, emeralds, rare-earth magnet from discarded electric toothbrush, moulded glass doll, brass letter types. Photo: Simon Murphy (portrait) and Andrew Nielsson (pendant)

To the right: Saint Dauvit: Fragments from the Alter. Pendant by Jan Donaldson, sterling silver, brass, guitar string, hand-made paper, resin, 23ct gold leaf, “found” brass pins and bell.

The Jasmine Revolution enabled the build-up of democracy in Tunisia in 2011. The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was a strong and important actor in the revolution and in the time of political turbulence that followed. 2015’s Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to a group that has created a democratic society that stands up for human rights, equality and freedom of speech.

Art Jewelry Forum is stepping up the game of global awareness of art jewellery by appointing individuals as AJF ambassadors for cities and countries that have an existing art jewelry scene, but tend to fall in the shadow of larger actors. This approach, and the possibility to nominate ambassadors from a country not yet represented, helps to fill gaps in the jewellery map. To an organisation giving a microphone to a variety of voices – the Nobel Jewellery Peace Prize 2015 goes to AJF*


Ambassador's program PROMO image_Part2


That’s it folks. A big thank you to the amazing winners!


*The Ambassadors program highlights the mission of AJF which is to advocate for those within the field by bringing a wider awareness to the physical and intellectual creation specific to contemporary jewelry. AJF is an international organization working to advocate for the field regardless of location. The content on the  website and in social media threads reflects this and the Ambassador program is a continuation of the mission. The AJF Ambassadors program puts a face to the abstraction of a country—someone you can reach out to with questions about that region.

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  1. What an inspired idea. Fun and worthiness.

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