One week remains for submissions to the IGI Expressions™ jewelry design competition. Free to all participants, the competition is being held 100% online.
Hand-sketched or CAD submissions will be evaluated by our esteemed panel of jurists. IGI extends sincere thanks to this celebrated group of all-star experts for their support and advocacy of new, creative talent through IGI Expressions™
David Gotlib was born into a diamond dynasty in Antwerp, Belgium. A third-generation diamantaire, growing up in the heart of the global diamond industry led to a life-long passion for these sparkling gems. David has successfully managed the family business for the past 20 years, buying and selling rough and polished diamonds. That passion, combined with a love of art, inspired him to launch DAVID GOTLIB collections of designer cufflinks for those with discerning tastes. Labeled a “Cufflinks Connoisseur” by Forbes magazine, David remains an influential member of the diamond industry, currently serving as President of the Antwerp Diamond Bourse.
The vibrant culture of Antwerp – one of the world’s most prestigious diamond centers – a family diamond dynasty and a deeply meaningful gift that evoked loving memories inspired David Gotlib to design his cufflink collection. Discover the story that started David on his creative journey.
This year’s theme, “The Freedom to Dream” was selected to inspire interpretations of the word “dream” through an original piece or set of jewelry. The competition is open to aspiring students, established designers, seasoned professionals and jewelry enthusiasts alike. Participation is free.
Entrants can submit in one of three categories, Millennial Light Weight Jewelry, Cocktail Wear Jewelry or Bridal Wear Jewelry. Those categories are divided into submit hand-drawn sketch submissions versus Computer Assisted Design (CAD) file submissions. The judges will advance a number of preliminary entries to a final round, after which six champions will be determined; the winning hand-drawn sketch and the winning CAD submission in each category.
Supporting Creative Talent
IGI CEO Roland Lorie commented on the importance of supporting jewelry industry artists and bringing the winning visions to life:
IGI has been certifying diamonds and colored stones for over 45 years. We also certify finished jewelry and recognize the vital role human creativity plays in using gemstones to move and inspire others. This competition provides an open channel for all jewelry enthusiasts, and the opportunity for winners to have their designs brought to life, as IGI continues to encourage and support creative talent.
The Institute is accepting IGI Expressions™ submissions until Oct. 22, 2021.
Awards and Rewards
All participants will receive an official IGI Expressions™ Certificate. Finalists will receive Finalist Certificates and exposure on social channels. The six winners will see their designs fabricated by a competition partner, receive Champion Certificates and Champion Awards, a cash honorarium, exposure on social channels and recognition via press coverage, the Premium IGI D-Show and IGI Origin International Magazine. The winners will be announced on Oct. 28, 2021.
Learn more at IGI Expressions.