The International Gemological Institute (IGI), the world’s largest independent gemological laboratory, seeks out the most talented designers to challenge their work and creativity through its annual IGI Expressions™Rewards. This year’s theme, “The Freedom to Dream” was chosen to inspire interpretations of the word “dream” through an original piece or set of jewelry. The Institute will accept nominations for the Excellence in Jewelery Awards from September 22 to October 22, 2021 at www.igi.org/expressions.
“IGI is passionate about contributing to the future of the diamond industry by supporting the next generation. This competition gives winners the opportunity to have their designs fabricated and a platform to showcase their work, ”said IGI North American President Avi Levy. “Our competition promotes creation without any restrictions on style or selection of jewelry.”
The competition is open to everyone, from young students and emerging designers to seasoned professionals. Artists will be able to upload a hand-drawn sketch or computer-aided design (CAD) file in one of three categories, Millennial Light Jewelry, Cocktail Wear, or Wedding. Judges will advance a number of preliminary entries to a final round, after which six champions will be determined; the winning hand drawn sketch and the winning CAD file in each category.
“The Institute is eager to discover the range of emotions conveyed by the artistic talent of designers,” continued Levy. “Each year we receive dynamic concepts explored in various jewelry and our exceptional judges are called upon to make some very difficult decisions.”
All participants will receive an official IGI Expressions ™ certificate. Finalists will receive finalist certificates and be exposed on social media. The six winners will have their designs made by a competition partner, receive Champion Certificates and Champion Prizes, cash honoraria, social media exposure and recognition via media coverage, the Premium IGI D-Show and the international magazine IGI Origin. The winners will be announced on October 28, 2021.