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Biggest Worldwide Jewelry Design Contest Looks For US Designers

“We want to be an incubator for jewelry design and create opportunities for new talent.”




(PRESS RELEASE) Since 1985, every two years, young and innovative designers get the opportunity to compete in the biggest jewelry design contest worldwide. But it has been in 2017 that this prestigious competition held its live red carpet final event. This year, HRD Antwerp decided, for its 18th edition, to come back and re-invent itself under the high patronage of CIBJO (The World Jewellery Confederation) and in partnership with Vicenzaoro, Europe’s largest trade show for gold and jewelry. The competition wants to be real incubator for talent and for that, it needs to grow and therefore they are looking for more designers in underrepresented areas like the United States.

HRD Antwerp as a catalyst for talent and innovation in jewelry

HRD Antwerp has the ambition to become a catalyst for talent. That’s why we wanted to re-invent the competition. There will be 3 categories in the competition this year. Besides the classic categories of diamond jewelry and gemstone jewelry we added a new category: Accessories. The theme of the competition will be “peace”. The winner of each category can count on the actual production of the piece of jewelry they designed and becomes member of the HRD community with all benefits included. The competition is free and entrants can register here.

Ellen Joncheere – CEO HRD:”We want to be an incubator for jewelry design and create opportunities for new talent. With more than 800 applicants in 38 countries, we want to keep growing and specifically in those countries that are underrepresented in our contest, like the United States. The competition is free and the winners will be flown in to Italy for a final red carpet event where they present the real version, which we build for them, of the design they created. The United States has lot’s of talented designers and this can be an amazing opportunity for them to get their name out in our industry.”

We encourage design schools, creative platforms, governments and artists to encourage young talent to participate in the competition and to represent their country, school, project or just themselves within this competition and grab the amazing opportunities that come with it.

2.500 designers worldwide by 15th October 2022


In the latest edition, we received designs from more than 800 candidates from 38 countries. This year, we have the ambition to reach more than 2.500 designers worldwide. Designers can subscribe to the competition by sending in their designs through the HRD Design website ( until the 15th of October 2022. The final winners will be announced at a red carpet event on January 23th 2023.

An exclusive opportunity for young designers

The HRD Design Awards are a tremendously successful platform for young designers who want to make their mark in the jewelry world. For the winners, it’s a marvelous opportunity to launch their own collection or to jumpstart their careers into the jewelry business. Like Paola Strammiello, who won the competition in 2013 and became a senior jewel designer with a high brand.

Paola Strammiello:”“In 2013, I participated in the HRD Design Awards with my Magic Mushroom Ring and became one of the final winners. Winning that price gave me great momentum. It was the much desired and needed boost that brought me to where I am today as senior jewel designer for a high-end brand and established my name as a designer. I can only encourage all designers to grab this opportunity to showcase your talent. The feeling of seeing your work and your imagination come to life is the best feeling in the world.”



He Doubled His Sales Goals with Wilkerson

John Matthews, owner of John Michael Matthews Fine Jewelry in Vero Beach, Florida, is a planner. As an IJO member jeweler, he knew he needed an exit strategy if he ever wanted to g the kind of retirement he deserved. He asked around and the answers all seemed to point to one solution: Wilkerson. He talked to Rick Hayes, Wilkerson president, and took his time before making a final decision. He’d heard Wilkerson knew their way around a going out of business sale. But, he says, “he didn’t realize how good it was going to be.” Sales goals were “ambitious,” but even Matthews was pleasantly surprised. “It looks like we’re going to double that.”

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