The American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC), which recognises and promotes original jewellery design as a form of art, bestowed the Benne Award for Lifetime Achievement on artist Alan Revere.
Revere, a famed designer, metalsmith, teacher and author, received the award during the Tucson Gem Shows in February. The award, named after Italian Renaissance goldsmith and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini, honours an individual who has made a significant contribution to the world of jewellery design.
Revere received a trophy featuring an 18-karat gold map of the US on top of a patinated bronze base. A diamond is placed in San Francisco, where Revere created his jewellery collection, founded and operated a jewellery academy, and worked for 43 years before retiring in 2017. The award is engraved with Revere’s name and says, “In recognition of your lifetime contribution to the world of jewelry design and education.”
AJDC President Barbara Heinrich commented, “As an award winning designer, author, teacher and mentor to thousands, Alan has left his mark in metal, in print, and in the hands and hearts of jewellers all over the world. He brought European craftsmanship and aesthetics across the ocean and across the millennia at a very important time for our community.”
After an illustrious career in jewellery design, Revere opened his own school, the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts. During the 38 years that the Academy was open, Revere, who was only one of many instructors, personally taught over 10,000 people the art of jewellery making.
He also became AJDC president and published seven books on jewellery making over the course of his career.
In accepting his award, Revere remarked, “The truth is that I am here today because of you, my former students and colleagues. Each one of you added your flavour to the mix and each of you has taken your work way beyond what I ever imagined. That’s a dream come true.”