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Design Contests


WJA Announces Diva Design Winners

See the seven pieces of jewelry that were chosen as the first-place designs in the 2016 Diva Design competition.


‘Illusion’ earrings take top honors in design contest

The Cultured Pearl Association of America has announced the winners of its 6th annual International Pearl Design Competition.


Carved Paraiba suite takes Spectrum’s top honors

A suite of Paraiba tourmaline carved in a nautilus shell shape from Allen Kleiman of A. Kleiman & Co. nabbed Best of Show honors at the AGTA’s annual Spectrum Design competition.


Entry open for emerging designer contest

Centurion is asking designers who have never before exhibited in a fine jewelry trade show to enter its 2016 Emerging Designer competition.


Silver category added to Spectrum Awards

The Silver Promotion Service is sponsoring the new category, which will recognize exceptionally designed silver jewelry that incorporates natural gemstones or cultured pearls.


Pennsylvania designer named grant winner

Samantha Skelton, who used her training as a metal sculpture artist to propel her jewelry business, is the winner of the 10th annual Halstead Grant.


Saul Bell Design Awards now open for entries

Rio Grande is calling for submissions for the 2016 version of its jewelry design contest, which will be open for entries through Oct. 23. 


Winners of 2015 Saul Bell Design Awards named

Jewelry-making supply company Rio Grande recognized the winners of its annual design contest last month in Albuquerque, N.M.


Stuller snags ‘Best in Show’ in platinum awards

The manufacturer and supplier’s “Cage” pendant captured top prize in PGI-USA’s JCK Platinum Innovation Awards.


Couture designer to create next DEF bracelet

The show is partnering with the Diamond Empowerment Fund for the Diamonds Do Good design competition, which challenges Couture exhibitors to come up with a fresh look for the charity’s signature bracelet.


Couture reveals 2015 Design Awards winners

This year, a mix of newcomers and well-known names took the top prizes in what is considered one of the industry’s premier design contests.


Association recognizes Hawaiian designers

The Hawaii Jewelers Association honored eight different designers for their jewelry’s craftsmanship and marketability at banquet held earlier this month in the Aloha State.


Jewelry Television launches design contest

Called “Rock Star Design,” it will include a reality show-style competition for the finalists that will air on the Knoxville-based network’s website.


Couture Design Awards taking submissions

The Couture show now is accepting entries for its annual design competition, created to show off the technique and creativity of its exhibiting brands.


Niche Awards names 2015 design winners

Niche magazine has announced the winners of its awards for excellence in fine craftsmanship, including jewelry design. 


Centurion honors designers, retailers

William Levine, Armenta and Beverly K, along with independent jewelers from New York to Florida, were among the winners at the Scottsdale show. 


Halstead Grant now open for applications

Jewelry supply distributor Halstead Inc. is calling for applications for its Halstead Grant, which awards new designers with money to help get their business going.


Paige Novick named a ‘Rising Star’ for 2015

Fashion Group International recognized the jewelry designer as an emerging talent in the fashion industry at an awards ceremony held Friday.


Diva Design contest winners announced

See the jewelry and renderings that won the Women’s Jewelry Association 2015 Diva Design competition here.


JA announces winners of 2015 Case Awards

Jewelers of America has released the names of the five winners of its CASE Awards, which recognize JA retail members who exhibit creativity, artistry, style and excellence in jewelry design.


PGI changes judging process for innovation awards

The Platinum Guild International has simplified the judging process and cut down on the number of categories in its Platinum Innovation Awards. 


Niche Awards announces 2015 finalists

Designers Pamela Froman, Emanuela Duca and Mary Lynn Podiluk, creator of the engagement ring seen here, are among the jewelry artists nominated for the 2015 Niche Awards. 


‘Seven Wonders’ wins top honors in CPAA contest

The Cultured Pearl Association of America has named the winners of the 2014-2015 International Pearl Design Contest. 


Jewelry contest to take winner on safari

Fair trade gift and clothing company Dsenyo is hosting a jewelry competition for college students that will afford one grand-prize winner an all-expenses paid safari in Zambia. 


WJA calling for entries in ‘Diva Design’ competition

The Women’s Jewelry Association has begun accepting submissions for its 2015 Diva Design competition, which celebrates the organization’s current theme for the year of “transformation.” 


Centurion new designer contest open for submissions

Submissions now are being accepted for the seventh annual Centurion Emerging Designer Competition, which will afford two winners showcase and exhibit space at next year’s Centurion show. 


Annual pearl design contest open for entries

Submissions now are being accepted for the International Pearl Design Competition, a design contest hosted by the Cultured Pearl Association of America each year to celebrate and recognize excellence in pearl jewelry. 


Post, Pelzel among 2015 Spectrum Award judges

The American Gem Trade Association has released the names of the five judges for its annual Spectrum Awards, a colored gemstone and pearl jewelry design competition that also recognizes lapidary skills. 


HRD Antwerp announces ‘culinary’ theme for contest

Diamond grading lab HRD Antwerp is accepting entries for the 16th edition of its international jewelry design competition, which this year carries the theme of “A la Carte, A Culinary Journey.” 


Upstate NY designer named Halstead Grant winner

Erica Bello is the winner of the ninth annual Halstead Grant, a competition for new silver jewelry artists that has afforded her $5,000 in cash and $1,000 in jewelry supplies. 


Entry open for JTV Designer Showcase contest

Jewelry Television is inviting designers working in an array of mediums to compete in their annual Jewel School Designer Showcase Challenge, which will recognize more than 60 winners and award more than $10,000 in prizes. 


MJSA honors designers with vision

MJSA has announced the winners of its annual Vision Awards, which celebrate outstanding talent in jewelry design and “represent the future of the jewelry manufacturing industry.”


Oscar Heyman takes top platinum honors

The Platinum Guild International hit the show floor prize-patrol style in Las Vegas on Sunday to reveal the winners of its annual design contest, with New York-based Oscar Heyman winning best in show.  


Couture names 2014 Design Award winners

The judges in this year’s Couture Design Awards had an unenviable, but not undesirable, task: they had to choose the winners among a field of amazing entries in a contest that grew by two categories since last year.


Couture innovates with two new Design Awards

Show organizers have expanded the Couture Design Awards by two categories in order to honor jewelry that breaks new ground as well as pieces that are distinctively extravagant. 


FIT students recognized in Gemesis design contest

Akanksha Gore and So Hyun Ahn are the winners of a jewelry design contest hosted by lab-grown diamond company Gemesis and the Fashion Institute of Technology that asked students to create renderings of “stylishly sustainable” engagement rings. 


Gemvision crowns winners in the Matrix

Five winners have been named in Gemvision’s Matrix Design contest, which recognizes the best work of designers who use computer-aided drafting tools to create jewelry.


Deadline for MJSA Vision Awards approaching

The MJSA’s 2104 Vision Awards, which recognizes outstanding talent in jewelry design, is open for entries now through April 17.  


Couture Design Awards open for entry

Entries are now being accepted for the 2014 Couture Design Awards, an annual competition for the show’s exhibiting brands. 


Student designers recognized at Atlanta show

The winners of the 11th annual Savannah College of Art and Design Student Design Competition were announced at the Atlanta Jewelry Show on March 9. 


JA names five Case Awards winners

Jewelers of America has announced the winners of its annual Case Awards, which recognizes JA retail members who exhibit creativity, artistry, style and excellence in jewelry design. 


WJA recognizes 2014 ‘Diva’ design winners

The Women’s Jewelry Association has announced the winners of its 2014 Diva Design Competition, a contest that encourages any and all women to express their creativity through jewelry design. 


Irene Neuwirth among CFDA Award nominees

Irene Neuwirth, Jennifer Fisher and Marc Alary are the nominees in the accessory design category for the 2014 Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Fashion Awards. 


Gemesis, FIT team on diamond design competition

Lab-grown diamond jewelry company Gemesis is sponsoring a jewelry design competition open to students at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and potentially will produce and sell the winning design.


Platinum design competition opens for entries

The Platinum Guild International USA is now accepting entries for the JCK 2014 Platinum Innovation Awards, which will be presented at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 1.


Centurion recognizes design award winners

A dozen designers exhibiting at the Centurion show were recognized with a 2014 Centurion Design Award at a ceremony held Feb. 3.


New designers ‘emerge’ at Centurion show

Babette Shennan, Stanislav Drokin and Rhyme & Reason are the winners of this year’s Centurion Emerging Designer competition and, as such, exhibited their jewelry at the show.


Margery Hirschey named 2014 ‘Rising Star’

Designer Margery Hirschey was the winner in the fine jewelry category of the Fashion Group International’s 17th annual Rising Star Awards, and was honored Tuesday night at a ceremony at Cipriani 42nd Street. 


Niche Awards announces jewelry winners

Niche magazine has named the winners of its 2014 awards for excellence in fine craft, which includes various categories for jewelry design. 


JA opens 2014 Case Awards for entries

Entries now are being accepted for Jewelers of America’s 2014 Case Awards, which recognizes JA retail members who exhibit creativity, artistry, style and excellence in jewelry design.


Winners named in lab-grown diamond design contest

Six winners have been named in the inaugural Rebel Chique Design Competition, which asked entrants to create jewelry using Rebel Chique Diamonds, Royal Asscher’s lab-grown diamond brand.


‘Wave’ ring wins top prize in pearl design contest

The Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) has named the winners of the 2013/2014 International Pearl Design Contest (IPDC).


'Storm' ring reigns at 2014 Spectrum Awards

A 22-carat emerald and diamond ring called "Tropical Storm" by James Currens took home both Best in Show and top honors in the classical category in the American Gem Trade Association’s annual Spectrum design competition. 


Texas association names design contest winners

The Texas Jewelers Association (TJA) announced the winners of the jewelry design contest it held during the recent Smart Jewelry Show in Dallas.


AGTA names five judges for Spectrum Awards

The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) has named Jennifer McCurry, Jennie Ma, Barbara Heinrich, John Hatleberg and Jose Hess as the judges for its 2014 Spectrum Awards.


Deadline nearing for Centurion design contest

Entries will be accepted through Sept. 30 for the sixth annual Centurion Emerging Design Competition, a high-end jewelry design contest that will afford two winners a showcase and exhibit space at the Centurion Scottsdale show in February.


2014 marks 30 years for AGTA Spectrum Awards

Next year is the 30th anniversary of the American Gem Trade Association’s (AGTA) Spectrum Awards, which recognize the skills of jewelry designers and lapidaries in the United States and Canada who are working with colored gemstones.