Gem A's Gem Award returns to IJL


Gem Empathy Award Returns for IJL 2018 with Dazzling Gemstone Prize

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Gem-A’s Gem Empathy Award, which gives IJL 2018 exhibitors the chance to win a spectacular, fancy-cut gemstone by world-renowned cutter, John Dyer for a bespoke jewellery design returns for 2018.

In a change to previous years, the long-standing Gem Empathy Award - organised by Gem-A and hosted by IJL – will welcome entries from the entire breadth of IJL 2018 exhibitors, not just Design Gallery exhibitors.

All those who enter the competition, whether an established brand or emerging designer, will have the opportunity to win a sensational 18.28 carat ametrine gemstone from Bolivia, which has been hand-cut by master gem-cutter, John Dyer.

To be in with a chance of winning, exhibitors are tasked with creating a hand-drawn design or CAD render. The one that showcases the ametrine gemstone in the most innovative and imaginative way wins the Gem-A Gem Empathy Award – walking away with the gemstone in the process.

This year’s gemstone was hand-chosen by the Gem-A team and features Dyer’s signature Dreamscape cut. Those who look closely at the gemstone will also notice Dyer’s ‘JD’ mark engraved onto its surface.

The winner will be announced on the final day of International Jewellery London on Tuesday September 4, 2018.

Gem-A CEO Alan Hart commented: “The Gem Empathy Award places the gemstone at the heart of the design. It’s not about value or certification; it’s about the beauty of a gemstone and the way that it captures the imagination of the designer maker. We are always extremely impressed by the talent and creativity shown by the IJL exhibitors and we look forward to championing those talents again this year.”


Rebecca van Rooijen


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