Free to all participants, the IGI Expressions™ international jewelry design competition is accepting submissions through November 30.
Submitted 100% online, hand-sketched, CAD or iPad submissions will be evaluated by our esteemed panel of jurists. IGI extends sincere thanks to this celebrated group of world-class experts for their support and advocacy of new, creative talent through our IGI Expressions™ initiative.
Laksh Pahuja is a name synonymous with unusual jewelry. An innovative designer from Mumbai, India, his creative designs are known for capturing the minds and hearts of professionals and enthusiasts alike. Laksh’s works have adorned prominent national celebrities, performers and actors, including former Ms. Universe Natalie Glebova, and former Ms. World Aishwarya Rai. Press outlets the world over have covered his remarkable collections, celebrating their distinct uniqueness. Formerly trained in gemological and art institutes based in England, the USA and India, Laksh combines his gifted imagination with his formal training “to create, innovate, and originate jewelry never seen, never heard, never made before.”
“To create, innovate, and originate jewelry never seen, never heard, never made before.” – Laksh Pahuja
This year’s theme, “Renewal,” was selected to reflect progress and growth in the cyclical rhythm of life and nature, and mirrors our need to foster circular rejuvenation, stewardship, and inclusivity as a species. Renewal is a synonym for Regeneration & Rejuvenation. Many times, obliteration is needed for renewal; it is the contrast of darkness which makes light so eternally beautiful.
Competition Categories and Segments
There are three design categories, Lightweight Jewelry, Statement Piece or Accessory. Each category features separate segments to accommodate different submission preferences; by hand-drawn Sketch, Computer Assisted Design (CAD) file or iPad file. Approximately 40-50 designs will become competition finalists, from which nine champions will be selected, one in each submission segment, for each of the three categories.
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 grading diamonds and gemstones for over 45 years. We also certify finished jewelry and recognize the vital role creativity plays in using gemstones to move and inspire others. We are pleased to offer the IGI Expressions™ Awards again, inviting jewelry enthusiasts around the world to participate and be recognized as IGI continues to encourage and support creative talent.
The Institute is accepting IGI Expressions™ submissions until Oct. 22, 2021.
Awards and Rewards
All competition participants will receive an official IGI Expressions™ Certificate. Finalists will receive Finalist Certificates, coverage on the IGI GemBlog and exposure on IGI’s social channels. The nine winners will see their designs fabricated by a contest partner, receive a $500 check (sanctioned regions excluded) an IGI Expressions™ Trophy, Certificate, and 3D prints of the design, as well as recognition via press coverage, IGI GemBlog and social channels. The winners will be announced on December 13, 2022.
Submit your design between October 31 and November 30
Learn more and enter your submission at IGI Expressions.