Announcing the launch of The Fairtrade Gold Design Awards

We are delighted to announce the launch of the first ever Fairtrade Gold Design Awards, which we have created with the support of the Fairtrade Foundation. The aim is to raise awareness of Fairtrade gold amongst people who are the future of the jewellery industry, whilst helping to identify and promote new up-and-coming talent.

The Awards will accept entries in three categories:

1. Apprentices & Students in Further Education

Anybody on a jewellery apprenticeship scheme in the UK, and jewellery students studying in the UK on a Level 2, 3 or 4 course.

2. Undergraduates

Students registered on an undergraduate degree course in the UK, where jewellery design is a formally assessed component of their degree.

3. Postgraduates & Early careers

Students registered on a postgraduate jewellery course in the UK, and those who have been working in the UK jewellery industry for less last three years.

Entrants are invited to submit a design for either a wedding ring, an engagement ring or a wedding and engagement ring set. Designs may incorporate yellow, white or rose gold and up to 0.5ct of round brilliant cut diamonds.

Entries will be assessed on originality, creativity, presentation as well as practical considerations, and a shortlist of up to 15 finalists will be put to a public vote. Finalists will be able to rally support from their friends and family to help them win votes, but those who are not so savvy with social media will still be in with a great chance as a judging panel will award commendations to the designs they believe deserve special recognition, and will pick the overall winner.

So far, the panel of judges includes:

Tim Ingle and David Rhode from Ingle & Rhode
Victoria Waugh from the Fairtrade Foundation
Peter Crump from Vipa Designs
Rachael Taylor, jewellery journalist
Winners and commendations will be awarded in each category, and the overall winner will receive £500, and the opportunity of exciting work experience, which will include seeing their design transformed into a stunning piece of jewellery. Ingle & Rhode will create the winning design in Fairtrade gold and fully-traceable ethically-produced diamonds. The finished piece will be loaned to the winner to exhibit at their end of year show and/or the New Designers exhibition, before it is auctioned by Ingle & Rhode to raise money for the Fairtrade Foundation.

The four category winners, special commendations, and the overall winner, will be announced in April 2017.

If you are interested in entering, please register at www.ingleandrhode.co.uk/awards/ by Sunday 12th February 2017.

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