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AWDC launches 15th HRD Awards design contest

13 september 2012

HRD Antwerp has launched the 15th edition of its HRD Awards diamond jewellery design competition.
The theme of the HRD Awards 2013 is “Trompe l'oeil”. Participants are asked to make diamond jewelry, which blurs the boundaries between "real" and "imaginary."
The competition is widely considered to be the world’s leading diamond jewellery design contest, and in the past it has proven to be a valuable stepping stone for young designers on their way to successful careers in the jewellery industry.
As has been the case in previous years, AWDC will coordinate the extensive global promotional campaign to highlight the jewellery produced by the finalists and laureates of the HRD Awards 2013. It includes a trilingual printed and online catalogue, an international media programme, and a travelling jewellery exhibition that will appear worldwide in museums, trade fairs and industry events during the course of 2013 and 2013.
With the contest now launched, the deadline for registration and the initial submission of designs is December 15, 2012. Laureates reaching the final round will be informed by mail following their selection by a professional jury. An elite panel of international judges will select the finalists and first place winner in July, 2013, and an awards ceremony will be held in Antwerp at the end of 2013.
The winner will receive $10 thousand in cash and finalists - $2.5 thousand each.
A dedicated HRD Awards 2011 website has been launched at

Alex Shishlo, Editor in Chief of the European Bureau, Rough&Polished