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CGA seeks exceptional new designs

This ‘Sprout’ necklace earned George Brown College (GBC) student Yiwei Zhang first place in last year’s Emerging Artist Design Competition.
This ‘Sprout’ necklace earned George Brown College (GBC) student Yiwei Zhang first place in last year’s Emerging Artist Design Competition.

The Canadian Gemmological Association (CGA) is encouraging design students and recent graduates to show off their best work.

The association is now accepting submissions for its second annual Emerging Artist Design Competition, celebrating innovative and original creations from new designers across Canada. Students and recent grads are invited to submit a high-resolution photograph of their piece, along with a short description of the design.

Submissions must include at least one natural or synthetic gemstone (rough or faceted), and be free of any material from animals or plants listed in Schedule 1 of Canada’s Wild Animal and Plant Trade Regulations (e.g. ivory).

Entries will be evaluated on:

  • successful incorporation of materials;
  • innovation and originality;
  • wearability (except for hollowware entries); and
  • quality of work and finishing.

The first-place winner will receive $1000, while the second and third will take home $500 and $250, respectively.

The competition is open to all students currently enrolled in Canadian post-secondary jewellery design or metalsmithing programs, as well as those who graduated in 2018 or expected to graduate in 2019.

Submissions will be accepted until June 30, 2019, and can be e-mailed to info@canadiangemmological.com.

For full contest details, click here.

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