Annual awards celebrate emerging talent poised for luxe retail market.
The annual US-based Centurion design awards has opened its call for entries, extending its reach to the UK and providing British designers with a chance to showcase their work to luxury jewellery stores in the States.
This year marks the sixth Centurion Emerging Design Competition, offering two winners a showcase and exhibition space at the Centurion Scottsdale show in Arizona, set to take place in February next year.
The competition is being sponsored by Stuller and is open to any jewellery designer who has never before exhibited at a US fine jewellery trade show before.
Entries are open to designers of all levels of experience and formal training but entrants must show lines or one-of-a-kind designs that are suitable for a luxury jewellery store environment. They must also have the means to both exhibit at a trade show and fulfil any wholesale orders received at the show.
Centurion president Howard Hauben said: “The Centurion Emerging Design Competition is an excellent opportunity for up-and-coming and international designers to break into the US luxury fine jewellery market, by getting their line in front of the most premier audience of carefully selected prestige jewellers.
“For retail jewellers, the Centurion Emerging Design winners offer an opportunity to discover new talent to set your store apart."
One of last year’s winners, Sharlinn Liew, said that the award won her media attention from newspapers in Singapore in Hong Kong.
This year’s deadline for entries is September 30. Entrants are required to submit up to three images of finished jewellery – no renderings or CAD drawings will be accepted – and each image must include a detailed description of the piece: what it is, metals, gemstones. Entries will be judged by a special judging panel, as well as by Centurion’s board of retail advisors.