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IGI Expressions™ Winner Spotlight: Sanaz Ghafari

IGI Congratulates Sanaz Ghafari

Sanaz is a 2021 IGI ExpressionsJewelry Design Competition Champion, honored for her CAD Design in the Millennial Light Weight jewelry category.

Participants in this category were invited to submit designs of small, lightweight jewelry considered perfect for daily wear – or what may be termed “the millennial style.”

2021 Millennial Light Weight Jewelry CAD Design Winner

Our thanks to Uma Ornaments for bringing this design to life.

Sanaz Ghafari

Sanaz Ghafari, a Jewelry Designer and Art Researcher, was born in 1990 in Isfahan, Iran, a city where she still works and lives. A lifelong art advocate, Sanaz believes growing up next to the Zayanderud river and traditional Iranian architecture fostered her creativity. She has been active in artistic endeavors since 2007, studying metal handicraft and jewelry design – earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees – and engaging in national exhibitions and co-operations with jewelry makers from 2008-2020.

IGI Expressions Winner Sanaz Ghafari

Sanaz has received several Poster Awards, won eighth place at the Design Festival of Arabesque Jewelry of Iran in 2018, was named Most Talented M.A. student (Field of Handicrafts) at the Art University of Isfahan in 2020 and is now an international IGI Expressions™ Award Recipient. She is also a successful author and trained to be a high school and university instructor so she can help others who are interested in art and jewelry design.

Dedicated to increasing her skills in design and research every day, Sanaz was eager to participate in the IGI Expressions™ competition and is honored to be named a winner.

Original Design

IGI Expressions Winner Sanaz Ghafari

Finished Creation

IGI Expressions Winner Sanaz Ghafari

Thank you, Jurists

The winning designs were selected by a panel of renowned jewelry and fashion industry experts including Italy’s Paolo De Luca, India’s Pallavi Foley, David Gotlib from Belgium, Ashraf Motiwala from India, England’s Katerina Perez and Veronique Tournet from France. Selected from 555 submissions representing 21 countries, this year’s creative works were all designed as interpretations of the word “dream,” the competition’s theme. IGI thanks our esteemed jurists for sharing their time and expertise and advocating for jewelry design.

IGI Expressions

Dreams become reality.

The six winning designs were featured at the Premium D Show in Goa, India. The winning participants receive an  competition Champion Certificate, Champion Award, and small cash honorarium. Those artists and their creations are receiving further exposure here, in IGI’s pan-Indian ORIGIN Magazine and across the institute’s various worldwide social channels.

Learn more about IGI Expressions™ – and subscribe to the IGI GemBlog to see all of this year’s winning designs.

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