April 27, 2005
GIA Holds Men's Jewelry Design Contest
Through June 15, the Gemological Institute of America is accepting applications for the 29th annual George A. Schuetz Design Competition. Anyone is eligible to submit a design. Named in honor of men's jewelry designer and entrepreneur George A. Schuetz, the international contest recognizes the best original designs in men's jewelry. GIA says it's the only contest worldwide dedicated to men's jewelry.
Judging will be completed and the winners announced in August. Contestants may submit only one original color design, and it must not have been previously exhibited or offered for sale. Each entry is judged blindly by a panel of independent industry specialists, based on its design, wearability, feasibility, and appeal. Entries will not be returned.
The winning designer will receive $500 and a plaque in honor of the achievement. Honorable mention awards, one each for second and third place, will be recognized with plaques. All entrants will be notified of the outcome by mail.
"Innovation in design for men's jewelry is a growing trend that is welcome and will continue," said GIA museum director Elise Misiorowski, a former Schuetz Competition judge. "Entering the contest is an excellent way to debut a design career. Winning designers are given great exposure and gain recognition as a result."
Entry forms for the competition can be downloaded by visiting www.gia.edu, or call (800) 421-7250, ext. 4004. Outside the U.S., call (760) 603-4004. Those interested can also request a form by faxing (760) 603-4153, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Written inquiries should be sent to GIA, Office of Student Financial Assistance, 5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008.