Gem-A updates criteria for 2016 Gem Empathy Award

Golden Beryl by John Dyer (Side)

Gem-A has announced the relaunch of the Gem Empathy Award, in partnership with International Jewellery London (IJL) for 2016.

In previous years the award has been presented to the Design Gallery IJL exhibitor displaying, in the opinion of the judges, a single piece or collection of jewellery that makes captivating use of one or more gemstones. This year, however, the criteria for the Gem Empathy Award is changing.

Gem-A will provide a 10.46ct fantasy cut heliodor (also known as golden beryl), sourced from award-winning gem cutter John Dyer, around which applicants will be encouraged to create a design that they feel shows the stone to its best advantage. Applicants will then need to submit the design to Gem-A as a hand sketch or CAD image, along with an accompanying paragraph describing the materials used and the inspiration behind the piece, before August 14 2016.

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Gem-A marketing and events manager, Elaine Ruddie DGA, comments: “There have been some incredible winners of the Gem Empathy Award over the years but we want to open the competition up, to make it more accessible and inspire creativity. To do that we knew that we had to provide a very special stone and it’s with great thanks to John Dyer that we’ve been able to do exactly that.”

The judging panel will be made up of four representatives from Gem-A and IJL, and will evaluate submitted designs based on the relationship between stone and design, the practicality of the design and the style and beauty of the overall design.

IJL event director and a member of the judging panel, Sam Willoughby, adds: “This competition will undoubtedly inspire some beautiful designs featuring this exceptional stone by our Design Gallery exhibitors. The new criteria opens up the Gem Empathy Award to so many more designers and will make for a stunning display for visitors to the show. We are extremely appreciative to Gem-A for this creative initiative.”

The winning designer will receive the stone in order to create the piece, which Gem-A hope to display at one of the company’s events between 2016 and 2017.

If you are exhibiting in the Design Gallery at IJL this year and would like to apply, send your design to events@gem-a.com.

The Gem Empathy Award will be presented during the IJL show, which will be taking place September 4-6 2016.

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