David Wilkins Award

David Wilkins Award

David Wilkins (1931-1994), former Chairman of the National Association of Goldsmiths (the NAJ's predecessor) Valuations Committee, had a distinguished career in the jewellery industry and was widely known and respected both for his outstanding personal qualities and great expertise. More than any other individual David sought to encourage high standards of conduct and professionalism in respect of valuations.

The award that he sponsored remains as his legacy in promoting the aims for which he strove for so long.

The National Committee of the National Association of Jewellers may award the David Wilkins Trophy if an IRV has demonstrated outstanding skill, dedication or service in respect of jewellery appraisal and valuation.

The Trophy comprises an Elizabethan-style silver dish which is inscribed with the winner's name who retains it for the relevant year. It is complemented by the award of a £100 gift token to spend with the Gem-A to supplement the winner's personal reference library and/or add to the equipment they use.


On receiving the award, 2018 Winner Michael Inkpen said,

I was completely overwhelmed and enormously proud to be the recipient of the IRV’s David Wilkins Award for Valuer of the Year for the second time [he first won it in 2011].  There is no doubt it is a great honour to be chosen by ones peers and I can only say a deeply felt thank you to all who nominated and voted for me.  I will do my utmost to live up to the accolade and promote and support our institute to the very best of my ability.

Michael Inkpen