Ultimate Design Contest 2011 - from The Smart Jewelry Show

This design competition is open to all. The competition will take the jewelry design from rendering to the final project of a finished piece of jewelry. There will be elimination of designs through a competitive process. The finalists will have their jewelry pieces on display at The SMART Jewelry Show for final judging and a popular vote.

This is a “top chef” kind of competition pitting traditional hand rendered designs against CAD designs.

Competitors are given a choice of a 7×5 oval chrome tourmaline or a 9×9 antique square rhodolite garnet to create a size seven ladies ring. (See images and descriptions of the gemstones.) The featured gemstones will be provided by Stuller. Accent gems, design, metals and manufacturing techniques are left open to the designer.

KEY CONTEST LINKS: Overview | Rules and Regulations | Download Entry Form (PDF) | Gemstones

The goal is to see designers/manufactures show-off their skills and creativity.

  • 1st entry – $75
  • All subsequent entries – $50 each

Design Requirements/Description

The item to be designed is a size seven women’s ring.  The ring must include the provided 7×5 oval chrome tourmaline or a 9×9 antique square rhodolite garnet by Stuller.

Phase 1: Submit Rendering of Original Design

Contestants will produce a rendering by hand or CAD of a women’s ring.  Renderings submitted will be placed in one of two categories:

Category 1 – Hand rendering
Category 2 – CAD rendering

Five finalists will be selected from each of the two categories by a panel of judges.  This will provide ten finalists for Phase 2 of the competition.

Judging criteria for Phase 1 rendering include:
•    Professionalism and skill of presentation
•    Creativity and design
•    Wear-ability

All entries and entry fees must be received by 5:30 PM Eastern on Tuesday, January 18, 2011.  Entries may be sent electronically to


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Or delivered to:
The Ultimate Design Contest
The Smart Jewelry Show   
45 West 45th Street, Suite 808
New York, NY 10036

Phase 1 Judging is completed by Thursday, January 20, 2011. Finalists are notified and posted on the website www.smartjewelryshow.com by Monday, January 24, 2011.

Phase 2: Fabrication of Design

The ten finalists will be provided with the featured gemstone to create the design of the rendering they submitted.  The choice of stones is either a 7×5 oval chrome tourmaline or a 9×9 antique square rhodolite garnet. The gemstones are supplied by Stuller.

The ten finalists will manufacture the design they submitted using the provided gemstone and the metal of their choice.  (The finalists complete their selected design at their own expense. Accent stones, metals and labor costs are the responsibility of the entrant.)

Finished item will become the property of the contestant at the conclusion of the contest. 

Ship finished item to:
The Ultimate Design Contest
The Smart Jewelry Show   
45 West 45th Street, Suite 808
New York, NY 10036

All finished pieces must be received by 5:30 PM Eastern on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

The judges will select 2 finalists from the finished pieces for each of the two categories, hand rendering and CAD, to move to Phase 3 of the contest.

The four finalists will receive an expense paid trip to The SMART Jewelry Show.  (Expenses include coach airfare and provided hotel for two nights).

All finished designs will be on display at The SMART Jewelry Show, April 2-4, 2011.  Selected renderings will be on display as well.

Phase 3: Completion of Judging – The SMART Jewelry Show

Show attendees will be asked to cast a vote for the overall winner.  Votes will also determine a winner and first place in each of the two categories.

It is a combination of the judges’ pre-show selection of finalists and the show attendee vote will determine the “Ultimate” winner of the contest.

Judging Criteria of Jewelry Item Includes
•    Skill in execution of design
•    How closely the item matches the rendering
•    Technical merit of design and execution.
•    Wear-ability

Completion: Contest winner will be announced at 1 PM, Monday, April 4, 2011, the final day of The Smart Jewelry Show.  Trophies will be provided for:

• First place CAD design
• First place hand rendered design
• Second place CAD design
• Second place hand rendered design
• First place/over-all, Champion, winner from Phase 3 participants

Completed items are property of the designer at the conclusion of The SMART Jewelry Show.

First place/over-all champion will have their winning design featured on the cover of INSTORE magazine.


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