About Design Awards
PLEASE NOTE: Due to Covid19 restrictions, the annual BOULDER OPAL FESTIVAL and associated QUEEN OF GEMS International Jewellery Design Awards will NOT be held this July 2020. To protect the local community, Winton Shire Council has wisely closed the town to outside visitors & tourists, cancelling all events, festivals and large gatherings for the next few months.
The committee looked at the feasibility of holding the QBOA ‘Queen of Gems’ International Jewellery Design Competition in some other format, however, as most volunteers involved in organising the event are located outside the Winton area, we are plagued by the tyranny of distance. As a consequence, we have been unable to find a way to hold the competition this 2020 year.
We will all miss the excitement and joy of the competition this year, but we look forward to seeing your wonderful entries for the 2021 competition next year.
The Queen of Gems International Jewellery Design Awards
The Queen of Gems Design awards held its inaugural ceremony in 2006, as an initiative of Winton local business owner, Mary Pearce. The first event included a Fashion category of evening wear, and an open Jewellery category, with entrants from across Australia showcasing both the Queensland Boulder Opal in all its splendour, and the creativity of their design and manufacture. Since then, the annual competition has increased to receive entries from Australia-wide and internationally.
The awards grew over the years, with expanded categories for both Fashion and Jewellery. Unfortunately, the Fashion categories are no longer sustained, but the QBOA is pleased to announce the new OPEN CATEGORY for Object and Jewellery.
Sponsorship for the generous prizes has come from QBOA membership and Winton Shire Council. We have the pleasure of exhibiting the entries, and hosting the awards ceremony, at the spectacular world class Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton, Queensland.
The QBOA offers a forum for talented jewellery designers and makers with a view to stimulating the creativity of the contemporary Queensland Boulder Opal jewel. The competition aims at showcasing the modern opal jewel through the limitless creative energies of our designers / jewellers; avant-garde ideas and exclusive designs are a must. It promotes boulder opals in general and the QBOA as a “centre of excellence” in particular. The competition is open to professional and non-professional designers, students, graduates, teachers, jewellers, goldsmiths, etc.
The categories for the Jewellery Design section are as follows:
- Category 1: Professional Jeweller
- Category 2: Emerging Jeweller
- Category 3: Open Category – Jewellery or Object
Please read the Terms and Conditions for each category carefully.
A short technical description, and the source of inspiration, is to accompany each piece.
The technical description should include the materials used to complete the piece. Please send electronically, either in an email or as an attachment, to the QBOA secretary.
The source of inspiration should include the concept/idea the piece conveys to the maker and their audience. Please send electronically, either in an email or as an attachment, to the QBOA secretary.