GIA holds men’s jewelry design contest

The Gemological Institute of America is accepting applications for the 29th annual George A. Schuetz Design Competition, dedicated to men’s jewelry. Anyone is eligible to submit a design. GIA will be accepting applications through June 15.

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. Each year hundreds of designers representing numerous countries submit their renderings. Judging will be completed and the winners announced worldwide 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.

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 financialaid@gia.edu. Written inquiries should be sent to GIA, Office of Student Financial Assistance, 5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008.