IGI has called upon the world’s creatives to step forward and contribute. The 2020 IGI JEWEL Jewelry Design Contest invites jewelers, artists, teachers, students and fans alike to submit design-concepts in four categories.
The contest is happening in part to support emerging design voices during a time of global uncertainty, which is why IGI is not charging a competition entry fee and is funding manufacture of finalists’ designs.
A special jury
IGI’s international panel of prestigious judges for this event include Stephen Webster, David Gotlib, Paola De Luca, Alexandre Corrot, Mauro Vegliante, Maria Laura La Mantia, Philip Sajet and invited art-jurist Ms. Wang Jin Yuan of Fosun. This special jury will evaluate thematic submissions from perspectives of creativity, use of materials, budget/cost, feasibility of production and wearability.
The contest theme, “Collision and Fusion,” has dual meaning. Implying crystal collision in gemstone growth and stylistic cultural fusion, it also reflects the collision of our shared global experience and the fusion of human adaptation during these unprecedented times.
Up to 30 finalists will be selected to advance to the fabrication stage. Underwritten by IGI and event partner House of Jewelry Creation, every finalist will enjoy seeing his or her creative design vision brought to life by a manufacturer.
Each finalist will receive a Contest Excellence Award trophy, certificate, introduction to the media and a chance to receive support from jewelry brands towards further development. All finalist designs will receive exposure on a physical tour of various trade events and expositions, along with online promotion through a series of professional channels.
The Special Jury will select one Contest Grand Champion and two Silver Medalists. These winners will all receive cash prizes and scholarships toward coursework in one of IGI’s International Schools of Gemology. The Special Jury will issue four additional Outstanding Design Awards, one for each contest category. Those recipients will also receive cash prizes and scholarships toward IGI coursework.