The 18th edition of the Hoge Raad voor Diamant (HRD) Design Awards invites promising jewelry designers from around the world to take part in its biennial competition.
While the competition, which has been running since 1984, prides itself on the visibility it gives to budding creators from the international community, it wants to go even further, expanding its reach in the United States with a target of 2,500 participants at the design by October 19. 15.
“We want to be an incubator for jewelry design and create opportunities for new talent,” HRD CEO Ellen Joncheere said in a statement. “With over 800 applicants in 38 countries, we want to continue to grow and especially in countries that are underrepresented in our competition, such as the United States. The competition is free and the winners will be flown to Italy for a final red carpet event where they will showcase the actual version, which we are building for them, of the design they created. The United States has many talented designers, and this can be an amazing opportunity for them to gain exposure in our industry.
This year’s competition is divided into three categories: traditional diamond jewelry and gemstone jewelry, and, new for this edition, accessories, which include shoes, handbags and watches. The theme of this edition is peace.
The winner of each category will see their piece come to life through production and become a member of the HRD community.
Launched in 1984, the Prix du Haut Conseil du Diamant d’Anvers (as it was known at the time) was a competition aimed at promoting creativity and design excellence in the contemporary diamond jewelery scene in Belgium. . By 1988, the competition had evolved to adopt a theme for its design entries and began to run every two years. In 2003, the competition was opened to participants from all over the world.
To participate, applicants should be prepared to submit their designs through the HRD website. The deadline to participate is October 15.
Top: Winner of the 2007 HRD Design Awards, these designs by artist Ohtsuki Asako are inspired by lady with camelliasan opera based on the novel by French writer Alexandre Dumas (photo courtesy of DIVA Antwerp).
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