The Black in Jewellery Coalition (BIJC) is holding a contest in which one lucky couple will receive a free yellow-diamond engagement ring and one designer will receive a cash award and other advantages. The two-tiered “Together by Design” competition “celebrates Black love and jewellery design,” according to the BIJC.
Couples submitted their love stories for a chance to win a unique engagement ring in the competition’s first phase, which recently concluded. According to the BIJC, the design process began on Monday after a panel of judges picked the winning entry.
Designers of various skill levels are invited to compete to create a custom engagement ring based on the winning couple’s love story. All submitted sketches must contain the 1.44-carat fancy-yellow diamond supplied by jeweller Nungu Diamonds for the event, as well as platinum from Platinum Guild International USA. They may also use donated accent stones from Anza Gems and B&B Fine Gemstones, although this is not required. The contest closes on August 25th.
The winning designer will receive $5,000 in cash, educational scholarships to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the GRS Training Centre, and membership in both the Jewellers of America (JA) and the Jewellers Vigilance Committee (JVC), in addition to collaborating with the couple on the finished product, according to the BIJC.