Jewellery Design Awards Entry Forms
Calling all Opal Lovers –
Entries now open for 2019 ‘Queen of Gems’
The “Queen of Gems” Boulder Opal Jewellery Design Awards are in celebration of the opal gemstone of Queensland. The design awards focus foremost on the originality to which the Boulder Opal is presented, followed by the craftsmanship of the manufacture, and finally the wearability, and the creative use of opals.
Our past awards have focused on handmade jewellery, matching the artisan jeweller to the artisan Opal cutter – a meeting of skills allowing our Queensland Boulder Opal to shine in its full glory. With new techniques in jewellery manufacture, our new OPEN category clears the way for new styles in design, of both jewellery and objects, with the use of CAD or casting techniques allowed.
The judges for the awards are chosen from various disciplines to each bring a different expertise to the panel, and vary year to year. Apart from our opal and jewellery industry experts, a third judge brings design skills from a background specifically not from jewellery, to give a fresh eye. Our judging is done “blind”, with no identifying marks, etc., and no discussion is entered into while the judging is proceeding. The design committee enters all scores given by the individual judges, and the winner is announced at the evening event of the QBOA Opal Trade Fair.
First prize for Professional Jeweller category: $2000.00
First prize for Emerging Jeweller category: $1000.00
First prize for OPEN category: $1000.00
Vince Evert Bursary (Emerging Jewellers only): $300.00
For more comprehensive information, please download and read the terms and conditions, including crucial dates for completed forms, dates for sending completed work, etc.