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The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has announced details of the 2011 George A. Schuetz Jewelry Design Contest. The international competition, which recognises the best original men’s jewellery and accessories designs, is named in honour of the late men’s jewellery designer George A. Schuetz, Sr. Established in 1973, the competition gives the GIA an opportunity to advance the dreams and goals of young designers. Open to all designers, the contest is judged by an independent panel of industry experts who evaluate each entry’s form, wearability, manufacturability and appeal. Winners receive a crystal plaque commemorating their achievement; the first place award winner also receives US$500.

Last year Karl Williams of Inspired Jewellery Limited, Wellington, took the first place award with a bold ring design featuring a 1.5ct. centre-cut diamond offset by eight .25 ct. side diamonds. The striking rendition combines a platinum band with 18 ct. yellow gold segments and rivets.  Chris Benham, director of Inspired Jewellery, said he will again be providing his team with the opportunity to enter this year. ‘We hope to win the international award for the second year in a row, following our success in the 2010 NZ Jewellery Design Awards.”

Second place in the Schuetz contest went to Clarrie Yap of Pokfulam, Hong Kong. Yap was chosen for an intricate ring design that highlights the beauty of an urban landscape. Elena Lorenzi, a OlA Accredited Jewelry Professional (A.J.P.) from Ventimiglia, Italy, claimed third place with an elegant pendant made of white gold and onyx.

To enter the competition, contestants are asked to submit one original colour design rendering that has not been previously exhibited or offered for sale.

Entries can be submitted each year between April 15 and June 15. There is no fee to enter. Entry forms for the 2011 George A. Schuetz Design Contest will be available from April 15.

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