Dubai International Jewelery Week 2012 will give jeweler designers across the Middle East the opportunity to showcase their creative prowess as entries open for the exhibition’s fourth annual Jewelry Design Awards. A much anticipated component of the Middle East’s largest and most established jewelry exhibition, the awards attract the highest caliber of regional professional and amateur design talent. The deadline for jewelry design submissions is 10 October 2012.
Winning designs will be manufactured and displayed during Dubai International Jewelry Week which runs from 21 – 24 November 2012 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The winners will also receive significant industry recognition, a trophy and participation in an online jewelry course run by the internationally renowned Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
The competition, which is sponsored by one of the world’s most exclusive jewelers, Mouawad,is open to anyone in the Middle East over the age of 17, with categories for Emerging Designers and Professional Designers. Entrants can submit a maximum of three designs from a choice of six jewelry types (ring, necklace, pendant, brooch, bracelet, earrings).
With 9 sub-categories– five for emerging designers and four for professional–designers will be able to unleash their creativity and demonstrate their prodigious talent. Awards for emerging designers include Bridal Jewelry Design Award and an Asian/Far East Influenced Jewelry Design Award.The professional group award category boasts a new award, the Object D’Art, rewarding the very best of imagination and design capability in contemporary wearable art.
“Creativity in craftsmanship and appreciation of adornments, particularly jewelry, has enjoyed a long and rich history throughout the region, and the Dubai Jewelry Design Awards provides the perfect means to celebrate these wonderful talents. As the most highly regarded jewelry exhibition in the Middle East, it is important for us to both recognize and reward excellence in the industry and we are delighted with the level of interest this competition attracts,” said TrixeeLoh, Senior Vice President, Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC), organizer of Dubai International Jewelry Week.Giving jewelers and professional designers a further chance to shine, the Dubai Jewellery Design Awards 2012 will also award the most Innovative Jewelry Design and crown the Emirati Jewelry Designer of the Year.
Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of leading industry professionals, including Mohamad El Hoss, Group Marketing Manager at Mouawad,Azza Al Qubaisi – artist, professional jewelry designer and founder of Arjmst, the Arabian Workshop for Jewelry and Gemstones in Abu Dhabi, as well as expert representatives from the,National Institute of Vocational Institute(NIVE), GIA, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)and Arabian Women.
The judges will assess entries based on the originality of the designs, the creativity and innovation that is embodied in the design and wear-ability of the finished product.“Mouawad is delighted to be supporting the Dubai Jewelry Design Awards. Talent in this region is exceptional and it is important for the future of jewelry design to recognize and reward both professional designers and budding artists. We have no doubt we’ll be inspired and delighted by the entries this year, and the judges will have their work cut out for them in selecting the final winners. We are privileged to be part of this,” said Mohamad El Hoss.
Illustrating the unparalleled experience that Dubai International Jewelry Week gives to designers, last year’s winners raved about the benefits they gained from their participation.Winner of the Asian/Far East Influenced Jewelry Design Award 2011, Hanniya Aliraza, will soon be launching her own jewelry line, Iyana Jewelry Studio. “The Design Awards 2011 provided a great stepping stone for my career as a jewelry designer and boosted my self-confidence considerably. Participating in the awards helped to expand my business network and build relationships with fellow industry peers. I had an amazing experience and I would definitely recommend the Dubai Jewelry Design Awards 2012 for any emerging designers looking to jump start their careers.”
Muna Salem RashedSaif Al Suwaidi, who scooped the Emirati Jewelry Designer of the Year Award and the Bridal Jewelry Design Award 2011 said, “This was a very exciting experience for me and I will definitely be applying again for this year’s Design Awards.”
Wafa Khader Qadadeh, winner of last year’s Innovative Jewelry Design Award said, “The best part of my experience was being able to understand the value of my creations. Having design experts and industry professionals evaluate my designs was a great learning experience for me, and really provided me with immense insight that I hadn't had the chance to tap into before.”
Professional Group Award Category:Innovative Jewellery Design AwardContemporary Finished Jewellery Piece AwardEmirati Jewellery Designer of the Year AwardObjet D’Art Award
Emerging Designers Award Category:Arabic Influenced Jewellery Design AwardAsian/Far East Influenced Jewellery Design AwardBridal Jewellery Design AwardInnovative Jewellery Design AwardEmirati Jewellery Designer of the Year Award