Entries are now being accepted for the inaugural Jewellery Masterpiece Awards, which honors excellence and artistry in the jewelry world. Jewelry companies, artists, designers and writers are all invited to participate in the one-of-a-kind awards program.
The Jewelry Masterpiece Awards is one of the few truly international awards programs and most likely the only one offering significant cash prizes. It will offer $100,000 in prize money to winners in seven categories. It is believed to be the largest-ever prize pool for any jewelry awards program. In addition, there will be at least eight special prizes awarded by a world class jury of the renowned jewelry industry specialists. (Full disclosure: I am one of the judges).
The Jewellery Masterpiece Awards is founded by Tatyana Pfaifer, a pre-eminent voice in the jewelry world and creator of Jewellery_Masterpiece, an Instagram platform with more than 332,000 followers. Pfaifer is widely recognized for spreading the culture of jewelry arts.
Pfaifer said that she founded the competition to provide more visibility and more opportunities for jewelry artists and designers.
“To come across great talent is a rare and extraordinary gift. I have been lucky to see original, honest, ‘true-to-who-you-really-are’ works of art. When I saw that kind of art, I wanted the whole world to also see and appreciate it,” Pfaifer said. “The Jewellery Masterpiece Awards were born out of my respect for jewelry as art, the desire to inspire the enthusiasm of everyone involved in the jewelry world, to give deserved recognition to outstanding jewelry artists, leading jewelry companies, skilled jewelry writers, art historians, the best galleries, ateliers, the best jewelry schools, and leading gem dealers.”
The seven cash awards are as follows:
* True Innovation Award - $20,000 prize
* Masterpiece Design Award - $20,000 prize
* Extraordinary High Jewellery Award - $20,000 prize
* Royal Indian Bride Award - $20,000 prize
* Wind of Change Award - $9,000 prize
* Tomorrow’s Masterpiece Award (3D Design) - $6,000 prize
* Excellence in Jewellery Writing Award - $5,000 prize
In addition to the cash awards, Pfaifer promises opportunities for broad visibility for the winners and for those who receive additional prizes. They include the following:
* An auction listing at Phillips;
* A showcase at Valery Demure’s Objet d’Emotion gallery in London;
* Lauren Kulchinsky Levison of Mayfair Rocks, East Hampton, NY, will choose her own winning piece and showcase it during the Summer Season;
* A showcase at Lou Woolworth gallery in Paris;
* A collaboration offer and medal for the winner within the 3D Jewellery Design category, “Tomorrow's Masterpiece Award” from Margarita Prykhodko, the founder and creative director of London-based Sybarite Jewellery;
* A free guest spot on the Exhibitionist, a virtual platform curated by New York City Jewelry;
* Press coverage of the winner by kommersant.ru;
* Press coverage of the winner by L'Officiel Ukraine;
Pfaifer also promises transparency during the judging process. “There are many contests for designers but you never know why a winner is chosen. For the Jewellery Masterpiece Awards, recognized experts will explain their evaluation criteria and why they made their particular choice,” Pfaifer says.
An international group of 17 persons that includes high jewelry artists, international auction houses, jewelry retailers, jewelry journalists and jewelry historians will serve as judges for the event. They are as follows:
* Glenn Spiro, the founder of high-end label "G".
* Tatyana Pfaifer, the founder of The Jewellery Masterpiece Awards.
* Graeme Thompson, the worldwide Head of Jewellery of Phillips Auctioneers.
* Lauren Kulchinsky Levison, an award-winning jewelry retailer and curator for Mayfair Rocks.
* Fabio Salini, the renowned high jewelry designer.
* Amanda Triossi, a jewelry historian, specialist on Bulgari, former curator of Bulgari's heritage collection & retrospective exhibitions.
* Anthony DeMarco, an award-winning journalist. His works have appeared in publications around the world, including Forbes.com, the Economist 1843 Magazine and the Financial Times.
* Margarita Prykhodko, founder and creative director of London-based Sybarite Jewellery.
* Usha Balakrishnan, a noted jewelry historian, author and curator.
* Valery Demure, founder of Objet d’Emotion gallery.
* Paul Paradis, an art historian and Professor at L'ÉCOLE.
* Katya Ziborova, editor-in-chief of Kommersant Jewellery Special supplement @kommersant_style of Kommersant.ru
* Ulyana Boyko, editor-in-chief of L’Officiel Ukraine.
* Lou Woolworth, owner of The Woolworth Gallery in Paris.
* Helene E. Robert, art historian, who has worked extensively with luxury brands and in the fine jewelry departments of major auction houses.
* Noelle Viguurs – Van Gelder, co-founder of Van Gelder Indian Jewellery.
* Bella Neyman, co-founder, New York City Jewelry Week.
Entries are now being accepted through the Jewellery Masterpiece Awards website. The entry fee depends on the award category. The deadline for entries is September 30.
The winners will be announced November 18.
Source: Forbes 1-3-2021