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IGI Expressions Design Competition Invites Free Submissions Worldwide

Online competition is open to all aspiring jewelry designers

IGI GLOBAL – The International Gemological Institute (IGI), the world’s largest independent gemological laboratory, invites the world’s creatives to enter their free online jewelry design competition, the IGI Expressions™ Awards. Open to everyone, from young students and emerging designers to seasoned professionals, the Institute will be accepting submissions now through January 20, 2024, at Since its inception in 2021, IGI Expressions™ has attracted more than 1000 design submissions from over two dozen countries.

This year’s theme is “Abstract Design and Retro Motifs.” Participants are encouraged to draw inspiration from their everyday surroundings, personal stories, and individual experiences as they approach this fusion of design and theme; to compose an experiential ‘visual symphony’ that transcends time – blending yesteryear’s charm with modern design elements.

Participants can submit in three design categories, Statement Piece, Convertible Jewelry and Perfume Bottle or Jewelry Box. Each category features separate segments to accommodate different submission preferences; by hand-drawn Sketch, Computer Assisted Design (CAD) file or iPad file. Approximately 50 designs will become competition finalists, from which nine champions will be selected, one in each submission segment, for each of the three categories.

“IGI is specialized in grading jewelry around the world,” noted IGI CEO Tehmasp Printer. “We witness the vital role creativity plays in designing gemstone jewelry that moves and inspires others. IGI is pleased to invite jewelry enthusiasts around the world to participate and be recognized, as we continue to encourage and support creative talent.”

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 February 1, 2024.

For eligibility criteria and competition details please visit


About IGI

About IGI: The International Gemological Institute (IGI), a Blackstone portfolio company. IGI has 30 laboratories and 19 education facilities in major diamond and jewelry centers around the world. For close to 50 years, IGI has provided the fine jewelry community and consumers with a broad range of services including natural and laboratory-grown diamond reports, colored stone grading and origin reports, as well as jewelry identification and appraisal reports. With the increase of lab-grown diamonds in the marketplace, IGI screens millions of natural and lab-grown diamonds in order for the industry and consumers to receive the product they expect. Regardless of location or marketplace, an authentic IGI Laboratory Report is the common language of trust and confidence in the gemological world.

Media Contacts:

IGI North America – Director of Marketing
Susan Baughman
+ 1 440-263-2257

Public Relations
Jen Cullen Williams
+1 562-382-3802

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