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Awards Awards

THANK YOU FOR VOTING!

The Public voting for the final nominees of the 2015 HRD Awards is now closed.
The winner of the public voting, together with the HRD Awards winner and the three finalists selected by the Professional Jury, were revealed during the HRD Awards Ceremony on the 29th of October in Antwerp.
The winner selected by the professional Jury is “ Rice Husks” by Tomoko Kodera. The winner by public voting is "Tea Time" by Sancha Livia Resende.

Nominees

Why Participate

A unique experience

  • The HRD Awards introduce young designers to the international jewellery scene.
  • This international competition is open to all.
  • Participation is free of charge (on an individual basis only).
  • The competition offers a promotional platform and stimulates creativity.
  • This is a unique opportunity to experiment with diamonds.
  • The winning collection will be exhibited and promoted worldwide at exhibitions, international jewellery shows, events and galleries.
  • A jury of internationally renowned diamond experts will judge your design.

Your award

The winning design will be awarded with a cash prize of 10,000 USD. The four finalists will get 2,500 USD each.

Grand finale and award ceremony

A scintillating celebration and top networking event that gathers captains of industry, the fine fleur of the international diamond and jewellery world, international media and trade press as well as the five finalists.

Theme

A LA CARTE | A Culinary Diamond Journey, your food for thought

Food and culture: Our relationship with food is complex. From biological to cultural, from nutritional to symbolic. Our cultural identity depends on food. What we eat defines who we are.

Your challenge: To explore Earth's inexhaustible wealth of flavours and tastes; to cook an exquisite dish and translate your mouth-watering recipe into a unique piece of diamond jewellery that makes us crave more.

Your inspiration: Your favourite dish, smell, taste, ... Your grandmother's kitchen secrets, odours that take you back in time, the past recaptured and seasoned with local ingredients.

The icing on the cake: Your unique design commercialised. In cooperation with a jewellery manufacturer, your unique jewellery design can be translated into a commercial line. A unique partnership between HRD Antwerp, the jewellery manufacturer and the designer.

Win-win: An agreement will be drawn up to the benefit of all partners involved (manufacturer/retailer will pay x% royalty to the designer and y% to HRD Antwerp). Jewels sold need to be accompanied by a customised HRD Antwerp Diamond Certificate or a Diamond Jewellery Report with reference to the HRD Awards.

Jury

A professional jury will pre-select the designs that will enter the next stage of the competition: The actual creation of the jewel. Diamonds are provided by Antwerp and international diamond companies.

  • Mr. Georges Cuyvers, Independent Designer
  • Mr. Laurent Max De Cock, Professor Jewellery Design Antwerp University
  • Mrs. Esther Garcia Arranz, Head of Jewellery Department El Corte Ingles
  • Mrs. Joanna Hardy, Sr Jewellery Specialist
  • Mrs. Karine Huts, Connaisseur / Art Collector
  • Mr. Jeroen Martens, Director Silver Museum Antwerp
  • Mr. Simone Rizzetto, CEO Laboratorio Damiani S.r.l
  • Mr. Daniel Struyf, Jewellery Specialist Christie's
  • Mrs. Veerle Van Wilder, Independent Designer
  • Olivier Wagner, Jewellery Specialist Sotheby’s
  • Mr. Frank Wu, CEO TTF

Our expert jury over the years has included such luminaries as Harumi Arikawa, CEO Albion Art, Tokyo; Didier Brodbeck, Editor in Chief, Diamond Dreams, Paris; Laura Cappelletti, Publisher Vogue Gioiello, Italy; Ann De Meulemeester, Fashion Designer; Virgenie Egre, Studio Joaillerie, Christian Dior, Paris; Axel Enthoven, CEO Antwerp; Fritz Falk, Curator Schmuckmuseum Phorzheim; Susan Farmer, Diamond Information Centre London; Joanne Hardy, Director Jewellery Department Sotheby's; Pascalle Lepeu, Collection Cartier, Genève; Jan Hoet, Curator SMAK, Ghent; Françoise Izaute, Director Platinum Guilt International, Italy; Prof. Zou Ningxin, University Beijing; Johanne Riss, Fashion Designer; Raymond Sancroft-Baker, Director Jewellery Department Christie's; Prof. Dr. Yoko Takagi, Bunka Josshi University, Tokyo; Prof. Dr. David Watkins, Royal College of Art, London.

History

A long history

Recognised today as one of the world's most important jewellery design competitions, the HRD Award competition was launched in 1984 as the "Antwerp Diamond High Council Awards", with the aim of enhancing creativity and design excellence in contemporary diamond jewellery in Belgium.

In 1988 the contest became biennial and brought along another innovation, and that was the selection of a theme around which the contestants would base their design. This year we celebrate the 16th edition of the HRD Awards.

Rules & Procedures

Participants

  • The competition is international and open to professional and non-professional designers, students, graduates, teachers, jewellers, goldsmiths, etc.
  • Participation is on an individual basis, not on a company basis.
  • Participation is free of charge.
 
 
Criteria for diamond jewellery items
  • Submitted entries must be original designs, that have not previously been put on display or commercialised.
  • Diamonds must be an absolutely indispensable part of the jewel. A jewellery item should contain a minimum of 1.00 ct of diamonds and a maximum of 25.00 cts.
  • Precious metals and/or other materials used need to correspond with the aura of the diamonds in the jewellery item. This does not exclude new and innovative materials.
  • Fancy shapes and fancy colour diamonds can be used in moderate way.
  • Rough diamonds are not accepted.
  • Designs will be judged according to originality, wearability, the creative use of diamonds and technical skill.
  • Because the HRD Awards Collection tours the world, it is important to take into consideration possible damage that could be caused during display, transportation and packing. It is strongly recommended that designers avoid the use of fine chains and make sure that the jewellery item is well manufactured.
 
Size of the jewellery item
  • There is no limit on the size of jewellery item, but it should be possible to disassemble large (life size) jewellery.
 
Transport of jewellery item
  • The HRD Awards collection should be easy to transport in lightweight boxes fit for air cargo. Badly packed jewels will not be accepted.
 
Winning jewellery design
  • The professional HRD Awards jury will select one winner and three finalists in addition to a Public Award winner chosen by the general public through online voting on the HRD Antwerp website.
  • The winning design selected by the professional HRD Awards jury will receive a cash prize of 10,000 USD.
  • Each of the three finalists selected by the professional HRD Awards jury will receive a cash prize of 2,500 USD.
  • The winner of the Public Award chosen by the general public through online voting on the HRD Antwerp website will receive a cash prize of 2,500 USD
  • Should the winner of the Public Award be the same as the winner or one of the three finalists selected by the professional HRD Awards jury, then the cash prizes will accumulate.
 
 
Competition procedures

Registration
  • All candidates need to register online via our dedicated website at www.hrdantwerp.com.
  • Upon registration you will receive a unique registration number and password. These are to be used at all times.
  • HRD Antwerp accepts only one registration form per person. Please always use the same email address.
  • Deadline for registration and submitting designs is October 31, 2014.

Submitting Designs
  • Entrants can upload as many designs as they please.
  • Always use the unique registration number and password. This to avoid duplicates.
  • Only online designs are accepted.

Specifications Designs
  • Design files : only JPG or PDF files with a maximum 5 MB.
  • Uploading designs is only possible with your registration number and password (login).
  • There is no restriction to the number of designs submitted per person, but filling out and submitting technical details for each design is mandatory.
 
Technical Details (a description of the jewel and source of inspiration)
  • Every uploaded design must be accompanied by its technical details (description of the jewel, materials and number & weight of the diamonds, etc.)
  • Your source of inspiration relating to the theme 'A LA CARTE | A Culinary Journey' should be explained in a written text of no more than 10 lines.

Selection of Designs
  • A professional jury selects the laureates based on the uploaded designs (13/11/2014).
  • Selected laureates are informed by email.
  • Drawings are published online
  • The decision of the jury and its composition are final and not contestable.

Submitting Finished Jewellery Items
  • The finalists are required to make and submit their finished jewellery piece(s) set with diamonds to HRD Antwerp by 31 March, 2015.
  • The jewel(s) can be manufactured by a third party.
  • The designer is responsible for insuring all materials related to the jewellery item until such time as the jewellery item is submitted to HRD Antwerp. From that moment on, the jewel will be insured by HRD Antwerp.
  • All jewellery items have to be easy to transport in lightweight boxes fit for air cargo. Badly packed jewels are not accepted.

Shipment of the Finished Jewel
  • Important information
  • EU
  • Non-EU (overseas)
  • Please check carefully our instructions on How to ship your jewel to HRD Antwerp

Selection of Finalists and Winning Jewellery Design
  • An international jury selects five finalists based on the finished jewellery items. From these five the jury awards the winning jewel.
  • Criteria: innovation, technique, source of inspiration and the creative use of diamonds.
  • All jewels will be numbered and displayed anonymously.
  • Every member of the jury has the opportunity to evaluate the jewels.
  • Each jewel is accompanied by a technical description and source of inspiration.

Voting Procedure


Professional Jury

  • Only jewellery items with a minimum of three votes will be considered for the final round.
  • Jury members will discuss the selected jewellery items.
  • Each member of the jury can elucidate his/her opinion.
  • The jury members vote on the four finalists.
  • The jury members will vote for the winning jewellery design among these four finalists.
  • The decision of the jury and its composition is final and not contestable.

Public Voting new in 2015
 
Rules & regulations


Who can vote
  1. Everyone is eligible to vote in order to support a designer or favourite design.
  2. Participants in the Public Voting procedure understand they are not eligible for a prize in any shape or form.
  3. Participants can vote for multiple designs but cannot vote for the same design more than once. 
 
The voting procedure:
  1. Only votes made on the HRD Antwerp website Via http://www.hrdantwerp.be/en/nominees will be considered valid.
  2. Should there be any irregularities during the voting procedure  such as digital manipulation or automated voting or any other abuse,  HRD Antwerp reserves the right to intervene and act accordingly.
 
Voting period
  1. The online voting period runs from Sunday  31 May until Thursday 1 October 2015.
HRD Antwerp reserves the right to change the dates.


Nominations and winner
  1. Participants in the HRD Awards Public Voting can choose from 29 nominees selected by the professional jury of the HRD Awards.
  2. The jewel with the most preference votes on the HRD Antwerp website after closing of the public voting procedure will be considered the public award winner.
  3. The winner of the HRD Awards Public Award  will be announced together with  the first prize winner and the 3  finalist nominated  by the Professional Jury at the HRD Awards ceremony on  October 29th, 2015 at the World Expo in Milan.



Design sponsors

Jewellery Sponsors

For the manufacturing of the jewel, the designer reaching the final round can be sponsored by a private firm, jewellery manufacturer or other party. The designer may freely choose the sponsor of his/her jewel.


Diamond Sponsors
  • Designers reaching the final round will need to submit a list of the diamonds they need: Number, shape, sizes and colours (minimum 1 carat and maximum 25 carat of diamonds). See technical details.
  • HRD Antwerp organises a sponsor meeting with Antwerp-based diamond dealers in order to find diamond sponsors. The diamond sponsor is appointed by allotment. The designer has no free choice as to who will sponsor the diamonds used in his/her jewel. Once a diamond sponsor has been appointed, HRD Antwerp informs the designer.
  • It is the designer's responsibility to contact his/her sponsor personally and to come to an agreement; HRD Antwerp is in no way involved in this process.
  • If there is no diamond sponsor available - and only then - the designer can personally contact or seek out his/her own sponsor.

Other
  • HRD Antwerp reserves the right to interpret and/or change the rules.
  • During 2015 and 2016, the HRD Awards collection remains at the disposal of HRD Antwerp for promotional use worldwide (an extension of this period is always possible).

Sponsorship

DIAMOND SPONSORING RULES HRD AWARDS 2015

Diamonds

An international mailing with the competition rules sent to all candidate designers has been signed by the participants for acknowledgement. These rules stipulate the following:

'The designer can be sponsored by a private firm, jewellery manufacturer or others. Preferably diamond companies with a registered office in Belgium supply (sponsor) the diamonds used in the jewellery pieces'.

Sponsoring

An information meeting is planned by HRD ANTWERP. All the diamond companies in the sector will be invited. They can make their choice and sponsor a maximum of three jewels. The dossier with the selected drawings is available at HRD ANTWERP and on the website www.hrdantwerp.com.

Every candidate sponsor can choose three (3) designs in order of preference i.e. 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice.

When more than one candidate company chooses the same design, the design will be assigned by means of allotment.

  • The drawings will be put up for raffle in order of preference, beginning with the drawing with the highest number of preferences.
  • Only one design can be awarded to a diamond company by allotment, unless there are no other candidate sponsors for the remaining designs (drawings).

The designer, diamond sponsor and jewellery sponsor will be mentioned by name or company name on all promotional publications and during each exhibition of the HRD Awards collection in Belgium and abroad. Every sponsor will be featured on the HRD Antwerp corporate website including a link to their company website.

In Practice

All participants in the meeting will have a complete dossier at their disposal with all selected designs, an information document mentioning the address of the designer and a technical description of the design and the number of diamonds needed.

All the designs are numbered. This makes it easy for the candidate sponsor to choose a jewel and fill in its number on the application form. The diamond sponsors fill out:

  • The number of jewels (designs) he wants to sponsor by order of preference (max. 3 designs).
  • The number of the corresponding design and the name of the designer he wants to sponsor.

The form has to be signed and forwarded to HRD ANTWERP before 15 December 2014.

If several diamond sponsors choose the same design, the design will be assigned by means of allotment. To do so, a new meeting will be planned in the presence of all candidate sponsors.

If after allotment some drawings still have not been selected by a diamond sponsor, HRD ANTWERP itself will contact other diamond companies or the designer can look for his/her own sponsor.

All selected laureates will receive an official letter from HRD ANTWERP that they can present to the diamond sponsor. This letter guarantees that the designer has been selected for the HRD Awards competition.

The diamond sponsor will personally negotiate with the designer to stipulate the terms and conditions for lending the diamonds during a period of minimum one-and-a-half years. Damage incurred while 'setting' or 'dismantling' the jewellery is the responsibility of the diamond sponsor and/or designer as stipulated in their agreement. HRD ANTWERP is not an involved party and has no responsibility whatsoever. If the diamond sponsor prefers not to ship the diamonds to the designer, he is also responsible for setting the diamond. The finished jewels have to be submitted at HRD ANTWERP before MARCH 15, 2015.

Possible claims for damages can be submitted to HRD ANTWERP within one month after the roundtrip of the jewel at the very latest. Sponsor or designer must collect the jewel within this term.

The international jury is scheduled to meet in April 2015 and the official award ceremony takes place in Milan (beginning of May or end of October 2015, to be confirmed).

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR DIAMOND SPONSORS

DIAMOND COMPANIES ACCEPTING SPONSORSHIP FOR THE HRD AWARDS ORGANISED BY HRD ANTWERP AGREE TO LEND DIAMONDS TO THE FINALISTS OF THE COMPETITION. THIS IS AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE DESIGNER AND THE DIAMOND COMPANY. HRD ANTWERP IS NO PARTY INVOLVED.

THE JEWELLERY PIECES (set or unset) WILL BE IMPORTED VIA DIAMOND OFFICE AS TEMPORARY IMPORT. ACCORDING TO THE CUSTOMS OFFICE IT IS ALLOWED TO MAKE CHANGES ON THE JEWELLERY PIECES, AS LONG AS THEY ARE EXPORTED IN THE SAME STATE AS THEY WERE IMPORTED. THIS MEANS THAT THE DESIGNERS CAN SHIP THEIR JEWELLERY PIECES UNSET AND THE DIAMOND SPONSOR CAN HAVE THE DIAMONDS SET IN ANTWERP.

OPTION 1.

THE DIAMOND SPONSOR CAN FORWARD THE DIAMONDS TO THE DESIGNER, WHO WILL MOUNT THEM AND SEND THE COMPLETE JEWELLERY PIECE TO HRD ANTWERP C/O ANTWERP WORLD DIAMOND CENTRE - DIAMOND OFFICE. SHIPMENT TO DIAMOND OFFICE IS ONLY MANDATORY FOR DESIGNERS OUTSIDE THE EC. CUSTOMS CLEARANCE WILL BE HANDLED BY DIAMOND OFFICE (AWDC).

IMPORTANT NOTICE. RETURN SHIPMENT OF THE JEWELLERY PIECE. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PIECE MUST BE EXPORTED IN THE SAME CONDITION AS WHEN IT WAS IMPORTED, SINCE IT IS A TEMPORARY IMPORT.

OPTION 2.

DESIGNERS (OUTSIDE EC) FORWARD JEWELLERY PIECE (without diamonds) TO HRD ANTWERP. C/O AWDC - DIAMOND OFFICE. CUSTOMS CLEARANCE WILL BE HANDLED BY DIAMOND OFFICE (AWDC).

AWDC WILL DELIVER JEWELLERY PIECE TO HRD ANTWERP AND HRD ANWERP WILL ON HIS TURN DELIVER THE JEWEL TO THE DIAMOND SPONSOR WHO WILL HAVE THE DIAMONDS SET. THE FINISHED JEWEL WILL BE HANDED OVER TO HRD ANTWERP BY THE DIAMOND SPONSOR.

IMPORTANT NOTICE. RETURN SHIPMENT OF THE JEWELLERY PIECE. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE JEWELLERY PIECE MUST BE EXPORTED IN THE SAME CONDITION AS WHEN IT WAS IMPORTED SINCE IT IS A TEMPORARY IMPORT. DESIGNERS LIVING IN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY DO NOT HAVE TO PASS TROUGH THE CUSTOMS OFFICE OF DIAMOND OFFICE. THEY CAN SHIP AND ADDRESS THEIR JEWELLERY PIECES DIRECTLY TO HRD ANTWERP. WITHIN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY FREE TRAFFIC OF GOODS DOES APPLY.

OPTION 3.

WHEN THE DIAMOND SPONSOR HAS ALSO A JEWELLERY COMPANY HE CAN IMPORT THE JEWELLERY PIECE (WITH OR WITHOUT DIAMONDS). WHEN THE SPONSOR ALSO WISHES TO PURCHASE THE JEWELLERY PIECE, IT IS PREFERABLE TO IMPORT THE JEWELLERY PIECE DEFINITELY. BEST WITHOUT DIAMONDS SINCE DIAMONDS ARE TVA FREE AND JEWELS ARE NOT, 2.4 % IMPORT DUTY + 21 % TVA WILL BE CHARGED.

WARRANT/BANK GUARANTEE

A BANK GUARANTEE FOR THE VALUE OF THE JEWELLERY PIECES IS APPLIED FOR. THIS IS MANDATORY FOR CUSTOMS CLEARANCE OF THE JEWELLERY PIECES FOR TEMPORARY IMPORT.

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