In 2003, Brent competed against 700 British jewellers in the British Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Awards. He walked away with the industry's top honours: Diamond Mounter (Jeweller) of the Year and the Gold Award for Small Works. In addition to these prestigious honours, Brent was also awarded a specifically created Special Council Award, as further recognition of his high-quality work.
The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths is one of twelve great Livery Companies of the City of London, receiving its first Royal Charter in 1327. For seven centuries, the Goldsmith's Company has been responsible for testing the quality of precious metals and for regulating the craft and trade of the goldsmith. In 1908, they commenced an annual competition, awarding prizes to encourage design in gold or silver. Ninety-five years later, Brent Sutcliffe won three of the Goldsmith's Guilds' awards, adding him to the annals of distinguished jewellers of Britain.
Brent's violin took 170 hours to complete. It is 18ct white gold and weighs a total of 39 grams. The case took a further 200 hours and weighs 83 grams (although this was not submitted as part of the competition). The violin measures 7.5cm in length and has over 1000 diamonds over the body at a total weight of 20.5 carats, and 2.5 carats of sapphires along the stem. The hair-thin strings are also white gold and can be turned on the dial of the violin.