Schuetz men’s jewelry design competition call for entries

Entry forms for the 27th annual George A. Schuetz men’s jewelry design competition will be available April 1 from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

The award was created in memory of the late George A. Schuetz whose business specialized in men’s jewelry. The contest is open to anyone. Original renderings must be submitted no later than June 13. Judging will be completed and announced worldwide in August.

Contestants may submit only one original color design, and it must not have been previously exhibited or offered for sale. Entries are autonomously judged “blindly” for overall design, wearability, manufacturability, and appeal. Entries will not be returned.

The winning designer will receive a $500 award and a plaque to commemorate the accomplishment. Two honorable mention awards, one each for second and third place, will be recognized with plaques, and all entrants will be notified of the outcome by mail.

“The Schuetz competition is a tremendous opportunity for aspiring jewelry designers to promote their creative talents,” said Brook Ellis, GIA’s vice-president of education. “The exposure and notoriety provided by this contest has been particularly helpful for many innovative designers in their career debut.”

Each year the international competition draws entrants from the U.S. and many nations worldwide. Last year, a GIA-Korea graduate took top honors, and a GIA student from Switzerland succeeded in winning second place. In 2001, a GIA Graduate Jeweler Gemologist from Taiwan won the first place distinction.

Entry forms can be obtained beginning April 1, 2003 by calling 800-421-7250, ext. 4005 or 4004, within the U.S. and Canada, or 760-603-4005, or 760-603-4004 outside the U.S., by fax to 760-603-4153, or by e-mail at financialaid@gia.edu. Written inquiries should be sent to GIA, Office of Student Financial Assistance, 5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008.