Scottish Gemmological Association

GemSet2019 - Jewellery Design Competition

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Context of the 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.

Students will be provided with a selection of gemstones 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 2019 MUST NOT HAVE WON any other competition.

 

The Brief

To design and make an item of wearable gem-set jewellery.

 

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:

  • Aesthetic design and creativity

  • Technical ability and quality of fabrication

  • Professional application of stone setting techniques

  • Wearability - All submissions should be wearable jewellery

  • Emphasis of the attributes of the gemstone/s.

 

Prizes

Previously we have given natural gemstones as prizes. This year we will be presenting Marcus McCallum gemstone vouchers to our winners to enable them to choose gemstones for themselves. (Marcus McCallum is a gemstone dealer based in Hatton Garden, London, and is a sponsor of our annual conference. He also shows and sells his gemstones at the conference.)

First Prize: A Marcus McCallum voucher to the value of £350.

Second Prize: A Marcus McCallum voucher to the value of £175.

Third Prize: A Marcus McCallum voucher to the value of £ 75.

Winners will be able to view and select gemstones of their choice to the value of the voucher won. They can of course add to this amount but these vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash.

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.

Your Design

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

Submission of Jewellery Work

All submissions must be received by Friday 29th 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 5th May 2019 at the Westerton Hotel, Dulatur, near Cumbernauld.

 

Applications to Enter for GemSet2019

Applicants are required to Register to Enter the competition by Monday 17th December, 2018. You may register below and send 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 treasurer@scottishgemmology.org

Alternatively, an application form can be printed out and posted to:

‘GemSet2019’, 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 will receive a set of gemstones which will be posted out week commencing 14th January 2019.

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.

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Name of College attended, please indicate *

Alternatively, please click here to print a registration form and post to ‘GemSet2019’, 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 upon registering will receive a set of gemstones which will be posted out by the 15th January 2018.