Scottish Gemmological Association


GemSet2020 - Jewellery Design Competition

Context of the 2020 Competition

The Scottish Gemmological Association exists to promote and develop an interest in gemstones and gemmology education in Scotland. The Association offers a jewellery design competition specifically intended to encourage the use of gem materials in the work of students at all levels, full-time or part-time, in the jewellery and design departments of the Scottish Art Schools and Further Education Colleges.

Should students wish (see entry form) the SGA will provide gemstone/s which they may incorporate in their design or they may use their own materials. The gemstone/s may be precious, semi-precious or of no monetary value at all.

Students are restricted to one entry per student and only one piece of jewellery can be submitted by each student.

All pieces of jewellery being submitted to Gemset 2020 MUST NOT HAVE WON any other competition.

The Brief

To design and make an item of wearable gem-set jewellery which emphasises/shows the gemstones off to their best.

Criteria for Judging

The entries will be judged by a panel of jewellery and design professionals and prizes will be awarded according to the following criteria:

  • Emphasis of the attributes of the gemstone/s

  • Aesthetic design and creativity

  • Technical ability and quality of fabrication

  • Professional application of stone setting techniques

  • Wearability - All submissions should be wearable jewellery.


We are changing this year from awarding First, Second and Third Prizes to awarding the best in four different categories. These categories are:

Best Primarily Handmade

Best by Other Production Methods

Best First Year

Overall Winner.

Winners will be selected by the panel of judges.

Commendations may be awarded at the discretion of the judging panel.

All Prize Winners shall receive a complimentary one year membership of the Scottish Gemmological Association.

Applications to Enter

Please note it is an earlier than usual closing date for entry registration.

Applicants are required to Register to Enter the competition by MONDAY 28th OCTOBER, 2019.

You may register using the online form or PDF form below for a payment of £10 via Direct Banking or Paypal.

By Direct Banking to: The Scottish Gemmological Association, A/c No: 00202367, Sort Code: 83 26 02

Using Paypal payment can be made by Credit Card / Debit Card to

Alternatively, an application form can be printed out and posted to ‘GemSet2020’,

at Alistir Wood Tait, 116a Rose Street, EDINBURGH EH2 3JF with your entrance fee enclosed. Cheques should be made payable to the Scottish Gemmological Association.

Students who have registered and requested gemstones will receive gemstone/s which will be posted out the week commencing 18th November 2019.

Your Design

  • The student should base the design of a jewellery item around one or more gemstones. The student may use the gemstone/s provided by the SGA or they may use their own. Any natural, synthetic or imitation gemstone/s may be used.

  • The gemstone/s should be the focus of the student’s finished piece.

  • The piece may otherwise be constructed from any precious or non-precious materials which the student feels are appropriate.

  • Students should bear in mind that the piece is to be wearable.

  • The design should emphasise the attributes of the gemstone/s.

Entries may be accompanied by a short explanation of the piece. This explanation will not form part of the marking criteria but may assist the judging panel in understanding the design.

Should you enter Gemset 2020 you will be sent a Submission Form on which you will be asked to state your methods of making e.g. handmade, cad, etc.

Your method of production MUST be stated and the submission form enclosed with your entry.

Submission of Jewellery Work

All submissions must be received by Friday 20th March 2019. Entries may be posted to Alistir Wood Tait, 116a Rose Street, EDINBURGH EH2 3JF. Alternatively, items may be delivered in person to the above address (Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm).

The judging panel will meet and the jewellery will be returned within a short period of time and the winners announced.

Awards Presentation

A Presentation Ceremony and luncheon for the winners and their guests will take place at the Scottish Gemmological Association Annual Conference on Sunday 3th May 2019 at the Doubletree by Hilton, The Glasgow Westerwood Hotel, near Cumbernauld.

GemSet Registration Form

Please fill in the details and hit the SUBMIT button.  You will then receive an on screen acknowledgement.  Or there is a link to a printable form below.

Name *
Name of College attended, please indicate *
Complimentary Gemstone/s, please indicate *

Alternatively, please click here to print a registration form and post to ‘GemSet2020’, Alistir Wood Tait, 116a Rose Street, EDINBURGH EH2 3JF with your entrance fee enclosed. Cheques should be made payable to the Scottish Gemmological Association.

Please Note:

Images of competition entries may be used by the SGA in the promotion of the GemSet Jewellery Competition. By registering to enter this competition entrants are agreeing to abide by the rules and conditions of GemSet2020.