Valentine’s Day Meets Jewelry Design

The Sanvalentinoro design contest, which originated in 1992 in the Umbria region of Italy, will become an international competition next year. The contest honors St. Valentine, the patron saint of lovers, and reflects the traditional meaning of jewelry as an expression of love. St. Valentine—who, according to legend, married a Christian and a pagan in defiance of a marriage ban instituted by the Roman emperor Claudius II—was born in the Umbria region. Unlike many international design contests, the competition in the Sanvalentinoro contest is firmly rooted in one theme—fine jewelry—and is linked to this specific region. The inspirational theme of the competition is "Jewels as a Messenger of Love." The competition is open to goldsmith artisans, creators of jewelry, designers, and students in the field of jewelry design. Entrants must submit an original, unpublished design tha
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