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AJDC Invites Jewelry Designers for Jose Hess Design Challenge

Deadline is on June 1, 2022.




AJDC Invites Jewelry Designers for Jose Hess Design Challenge

(PRESS RELEASE) The June 1, 2022 deadline to enter the Jose Hess Design Challenge is fast approaching. 

The American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC) invites all jewelry designers living and working in the United States to enter. 

In 2021, AJDC lost an influential founding member, Jose Hess, one of the first designers to see that design-driven jewelry was the future of the jewelry industry. To honor Jose’s legacy and encourage today’s visionary new designers, AJDC has decided to create the Jose Hess AJDC Design Challenge. 

AJDC believes that emerging jewelry designers who are presented with a challenge can bring fresh ideas and innovations to the American jewelry industry, just as Jose did. The nonprofit wants to recognize and empower the most gifted new designers through cash awards, promotion, display, and exhibition, as well as other business help. 

Applicants for the new Jose Hess AJDC Design Challenge will be asked to design and create an original piece of jewelry, based on the theme “Connection,” which will mirror the AJDC Design Theme Projects for 2022.

One Grand Prize Winner will receive a $15,000 award, and a minimum of six Finalists will receive $1000 each. These finalists’ winning “Connection” pieces will be exhibited next to AJDC members’ “Connection” expressions, with a gala premier event in Tucson, Feb 2023. 


For more information and to enter the Jose Hess Design Challenge, visit here. All entries must be made by June 1, 2022.

AJDC thanks the JCK Industry Fund for its support.

For more information about AJDC, visit here or contact Marylouise Sirignano Lugosch, executive director, email: [email protected] phone 724-977-4076.



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