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Extended deadline announced for CGA design competition

The Canadian Gemmological Association (CGA) is encouraging design students and recent graduates to show off their best work.  Photo by Anthony McLean
This necklace, titled, ‘Granatus’ earned Ècole de Joaillerie de Montréal graduate François Charest first place in the third annual Emerging Artist Design Competition.
Photo by Anthony McLean

The Canadian Gemmological Association (CGA) has extended the deadline for its Emerging Artist Design Competition to July 15. 

Now in its fourth year, the competition showcases 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 2021 or are expected to graduate this year.

“We are extending the deadline again this year so we can continue to shine the spotlight on the best and and brightest young talent in Canada,” says the association’s president, Donna Hawrelko. “We have some incredible designers from across this country, and as we emerge from this pandemic, we encourage all student and newly graduate designers to come forward so we can put the attention on their innovative ideas and brilliant craftsmanship.”

Submissions will be accepted until midnight MST on July 15.

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