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IGI Expressions Jury Spotlight: Paola De Luca

Submissions are being accepted through next Friday, October 21, for The IGI Expressionsjewelry design competition.

Free to all participants and 100% online, hand-sketched or CAD submissions will be evaluated by our esteemed panel of jurists. IGI extends sincere thanks to this celebrated group of all-star experts for their support and advocacy of new, creative talent through IGI Expressions

Paola De Luca

Paola De Luca is an international trend forecaster and Founder of The Futurist Ltd, a creative intelligence firm specialized in strategic projects for the luxury and jewelry sectors. Her “TJF Trend book,” launched in partnership with CRU Group of London, is the world’s first and most authoritative jewelry trends publication. In 2012 Paolo co-founded TRENDVISION, the first independent research center to forecast trends for the jewelry, watch and luxury good industries. She has collaborated with numerous leading luxury brands during her career, including Salvatore Ferragamo, Harry Winston and Swarovski, and served as global Design Director for Rio Tinto Diamonds. Paolo is currently instructing a series of CIBJO-endorsed webinars on sustainability and responsible supply chains in partnership with the RJC.

Paola De Luca
Photo credit: IDEX online

Visit the TRENDVISION Website

Trendvision wishes to inspire transformation in the luxury market. By disseminating information and analysis meant to encourage a visionary perspective, the aspiration is to create meaningful starting points for lively debate and the exchange of ideas. In this sense, the Trendbook is simply the means by which we invite you to explore an ever-evolving landscape of luxury.

Paola De Luca

Submit Your Design to IGI Expressions™ 

This year’s theme, “The Freedom to Dream” was selected to inspire interpretations of the word “dream” through an original piece or set of jewelry. The competition is open to aspiring students, established designers, seasoned professionals and jewelry enthusiasts alike. Participation is free.

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Competition Segments

Entrants can submit in one of three categories, Millennial Light Weight Jewelry, Cocktail Wear Jewelry or Bridal Wear Jewelry. Those categories are divided into submit hand-drawn sketch submissions versus Computer Assisted Design (CAD) file submissions. The judges will advance a number of preliminary entries to a final round, after which six champions will be determined; the winning hand-drawn sketch and the winning CAD submission in each category.

Supporting Creative Talent

IGI CEO Roland Lorie commented on the importance of supporting jewelry industry artists and bringing the winning visions to life:

IGI has been certifying diamonds and colored stones for over 45 years. We also certify finished jewelry and recognize the vital role human creativity plays in using gemstones to move and inspire others. This competition provides an open channel for all jewelry enthusiasts, and the opportunity for winners to have their designs brought to life, as IGI continues to encourage and support creative talent.

The Institute is accepting IGI Expressions submissions until Oct. 22, 2021.

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Awards and Rewards

All participants will receive an official IGI Expressions™ Certificate. Finalists will receive Finalist Certificates and exposure on social channels. The six winners will see their designs fabricated by a competition partner, receive Champion Certificates and Champion Awards, a cash honorarium, exposure on social channels and recognition via press coverage, the Premium IGI D-Show and IGI Origin International Magazine. The winners will be announced on Oct. 28, 2021.

Learn more at IGI Expressions.

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