By Michelle Graff
Knoxville, Tenn.--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.

The deadline for entry is Aug. 17, and submissions currently are being accepted on the JTV website.

Contestants may enter in only one the following categories.

--Mixed-Up Media: Finished jewelry must feature Kumihimo (Japanese form of braid-making with cords and ribbons), leather, concrete or polymer clay using any technique
--Metal-Art Play: Finished jewelry must feature metal and wire using techniques of metalsmithing, wire work, Viking knit, art clay or chain maille. This includes the use of hot and cold connections, metal forming, weaving wire or firing plates
--Blissful Beading: Finished jewelry must feature beads from the smallest seed bead to the largest focal bead or any size in between, using techniques such as knotting, beading wire, bead weaving or looming

A panel of judges will review the submissions from Aug. 18 to 31 and select 20 finalists from each category. The finalists will be announced on Sept. 1 and online voting will commence on JTV’s contest website from then until Sept. 15. 

A grand prize winner, fan favorite and three category winners will be announced live on JTV on Sept. 22.

The grand prize winner and fan favorite will receive Jewel School jewelry-making products and cash, between them totaling $3,500, and all category winners and finalists will receive prizes of Jewel School products, gift cards and/or cash, between them totaling $6,650. 

“Jewelry-making complements us as a retailer of loose gemstones,” said Trisha Condra, vice president and general merchandising manager of gemstones at JTV. “Each year, the Designer Showcase brings the individuality of our customers to the forefront. We love providing a platform to celebrate their creativity.” 

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