Lam Wins GIA London Jewelry Design Competition

GIA London named Jennifer Lam, a graduate of GIA London’s graduate gemologist program, as the winner of the inaugural H. Goldie Jewelry Design Competition. Lam was presented with a £1,000 ($2,062) award and a £500 ($1,031) trip to BaselWorld 2007.

Open to all students enrolled in GIA London’s Jewelry Design classes, the competition is made possible by an ongoing donation from London-based diamond brokers H. Goldie & Co. Ltd., and Goldie International Ltd.

Design contestants are required to draft a design for a set of diamond jewelry in yellow and/or white gold. The set can consist of either a pendant and earrings for women or cuff links and a tie bar or tie tack for men. Three judges evaluate the drawings for quality of painting, technique, design idea, and overall presentation. Entrants must also include a mission statement on how they plan to use their jewelry design skills in the future.

Lam used the sea as the motif for her winning “Oceanic” design – a pendant and earring set. The waves are made of 18K yellow gold, surrounded by hollow circular frames of 18K white gold, and accented with a spread of melee diamonds ranging from 0.01 to 0.15 carats to create a “splash effect.”

Edward Johnson, director of GIA London, said the H. Goldie competition will take place two to three times a year, depending on the number of jewelry design courses offered.

GIA London’s next Jewelry Design class runs from Sept. 24 through Nov. 23. Registration is available on the GIA London Web site or by calling +44 20 7813 4321.