IJ Jewellers Choice Design Awards

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Official Rules

The 2017 JJS-IJ Jewellers' Choice Design Awards Official Rules

ELIGIBILITY:
(a) Eligible Entrants: The contest is open to businesses and individuals engaged in the design, manufacture and retail of Jewellery. For businesses who enter, the person submitting an entry on behalf of a business must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry and must be properly authorized to enter on behalf of such business. For individuals who enter, you must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees (and their immediate families and household members) of 'IJ Magazine' or 'JH Group' ("Organizer"), its parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, or any other companies sponsoring the Awards are not eligible. Void where prohibited by law.
(b) Eligible Pieces: To be eligible, the Jewellery piece must (i) be commercially available, (ii) be an original design, and (iii) meet the category requirements (general and specific) for each category in which it is entered. The category requirements are set forth below.
(c) Design which got awards anywhere won't be allowed to participate.
(d) Design/Jewellery which are manufactured in the year 2016-17 can only take part.
(e) Product categories are only for Jewellery Manufacturers to participate in.
(f) Best of the Best Categories are for Jewellery Retailers  to participate in.

GENERAL DESIGN CATEGORY REQUIREMENTS:
•Each piece entered must be commercially available. A one-of-a kind piece may be entered as long as it is commercially available.
•Prototypes and/or CAD drawings will be disqualified. Submit photos of finished Jewellery only.
•Semi-mounts should be shown with center stone so that voters can see the design. You must indicate in the description if the price is for the semi-mount only. The category selected for a semi-mount should be based on the price of the semi-mount only, exclusive of center stone.
•All natural (i.e., mined) diamond Jewellery must be compliant with the Kimberley Process system of warranties.

SPECIFIC CATEGORY REQUIREMENTS:
•Diamond Jewellery: Natural diamonds only. Lab-created stones will not be accepted. All treatments (i.e., lasering, HPHT) must be disclosed. The entry must include only one item (Example, either it should be a necklace or earrings, not both)
•Colored Stone Jewellery: Natural stones only. All treatments must be disclosed. Lab-created and synthetic stones will not be accepted for this category. The entry must include only one item (Example, either it should be a necklace or earrings, not both) 
•Gold Jewellery: Minimum of 18 karat. Yellow, white, rose, and multi-tone all qualify.The entry must include only one item (Example, either it should be a necklace or earrings, not both) 
•Couture Jewellery : Participation only for Couture Jewellery Manufacturers & Designer Labels. Disclosure of synthetics, lab created gemstone is required. All treatments must be disclosed. Lab-created and synthetic stones can be accepted for this category. Minimum of 18 karat gold or 92.5 silver.The entry must include only one item (Example, either it should be a necklace or earrings, not both) 
•Best Bridal Design: Category consists of bridal jewellery (i.e. combination of necklace, earrings, rings, bangles, etc) mangalsutras. 
•Temple Jewellery of the Year: Minimum 18 karat gold.Yellow, Antique and multi-tone will qualify. Precious & Semi-precious stones can be used. Temple Jewellery comes in varied designs like:
(i) Traditional such as waves, dots & lines.
(ii) Motif such as floral shapes like lotus flower, birds like peacock and swans. 
(iii) Abstract such as zig-zag and interspersion of shapes.
(iv) Temple designs such as God & Goddesses, dancers & royal figure statues.
•Theme based Jewellery of the Year - Mechanical Minimum 14K gold or 750 silver will be accepted. Its jewellery made in such a way that certain parts of the piece are moving, spinning or trembling when the piece is subjected to any movement. For example ‘En tremblant’ rings are made in such a way that certain parts of the piece tremble when the piece is subjected to any movement. These are even called motion jewellery. Such ornaments are decorated with a motif that has stiff projecting wires (embellished with gemstones) at the top. Sometimes the projections are finely coiled silver springs, such as were used in the 18th century, but some were made with tubular stems enclosing a strip of steel spring. Some are also made with stainless steel ball bearings and a stainless steel center post. Designers must generate contemporary, practical and aesthetically attractive designs in terms of look and feel.
•Accessory Jewellery of the Year: Minimum 14 karat gold and 750 silver will be accepted. The accessories can include Hair pin, Hair hanglets, Cuff-links, Tie-pin, Brooch, Pen , Mobile Cover/Clip, Purse, Clutch, Wallet, Kalangi & Buttons, etc.  
HOW TO ENTER:
•Submit entries to: IJ Magazine Attn: IJ Jewellers' Choice Designs Awards
Indian Jeweller Magazine, Journal House, A-95 Janta Colony, Jaipur – 302004 India
•Entries must be received by 31st August, 2017.
•To be complete, an entry must include: (1) a completed and signed entry form (complete all fields); (2) photographs on CD that meet the Photo Submission Requirements stated on the entry form; and (3) entry fee payment calculated in accordance with the Entry/ Processing Fees table set forth on the entry form.
•Late and incomplete entries will be disqualified. Once a submission is made, no additional or replacement photography or copy will be accepted.
•You may submit as many entries as you'd like, and may enter a piece in multiple categories. Each entry per category shall require a separate entry form, photo submission CD, and fee (e.g., a single piece entered in both the diamond Jewellery under Rs 5,00,000 category and the gold Jewellery under Rs 2,50,000 category will require a separate entry form, photo CD, and fee for each category).

SELECTION OF FINALISTS AND WINNERS:
For Product Categories: Winners will be determined via two way judging process, first voting by Jewellery retailers on a secure IJ Jewellers' Choice Design Awards website. Jewellery Retailers will be voting for Only 4 Categories (i.e. Diamond, Coloured Stone, Gold & Couture Jewellery) Judging for remaining categories will be done by the panel of jury members. Second, physical judging for all categories will be done by a panel of jury members for the finalist products.
For Best of the Best Categories: Winners will be determined via two way judging process. First, voting will be done by the panel of jury members on a secure IJ Jewellers' Choice Design Awards website. Second, physical judging will be done by a panel of jury members for the finalist products.

Photos from your photo submission CD will be posted for viewing and voting by 15 September, 2017. The voting period will begin 15 September, 2017 and closes on 30 September, 2017. All voting will be anonymous. Any attempts to compromise the anonymity of voting will result in disqualification. The top three (3) or (5) vote getters (Category with less than 15 entries will have 3 finalists and categories with 15 or more than 15 entries will have 5 finalists) in each category will be deemed "FINALISTS."

FINALISTS:
Finalists will be notified in October 2017. The three or five finalists in each category will be required to submit their entered piece for the second round of Judging. Judging will be done by Jury of experienced industry experts and prominent jewellers at the Grand Jury Meet. Jewellery must be sent via insured, registered mail or hand carried by the company's executive. Failure to submit Jewellery may result in disqualification. Any piece that, upon inspection, is determined by Organizer in its sole discretion not to qualify for the category in which the piece was entered will be disqualified from that category.

CATEGORY AWARD WINNERS: From among the finalists in each category, the highest vote recipient by the Jury in each category will receive the IJ Jewellers' Choice Design Awards 2017 for such category. Category award winners will be notified in December 2017.

PRIZES:
•All category award-winning pieces will be featured in Dec-Jan 2018 Issue of IJ.
•All category award winners and finalists will be featured in IJ's "Best of the Best" Jewellers' Choice Award Supplement, which will be mailed with the Jan or Feb issue of IJ.
•All category award winners and finalists will receive a IJ Jewellers' Choice Award logo and collateral materials for use in promoting their winning piece.
•All category award winners will receive a IJ Jewellers' Choice Design Award Trophy at the award ceremony.
•All category award winners and finalists will receive a certificate by the Organizer. 


GENERAL RULES: (a) Entries that do not comply with any of these rules will be disqualified.
(b) By submitting your entry, you grant Organizer the right and license to reproduce, publish, distribute, and display your entry materials, and portions thereof, in any of its IJ publications in all media, and
advertising the same, and you represent and warrant: (i) that the work depicted in your entry is your own original creation, that Organizer's use and publication of your entry materials will not infringe upon or
otherwise violate any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other intellectual property right, any right of publicity, privacy, or other personal right or any law, rule, or regulation; (ii) that the information provided on your Payment Form and Entry Form is accurate and complete; (iii) that you have obtained all necessary license and releases from persons depicted in, or involved in creating (including photographers), your entry materials and listed on your Entry Form so that Organizer will not incur any obligation or liability to them based upon its use or publication of your entry materials.
(c) Entry materials (other than actual Jewellery pieces) will not be returned.
(d) Organizer is not liable for lost, stolen, illegible, misdirected, damaged, or mutilated entries. Entry fee is nonrefundable and will not be returned (even if your entry is determined to be ineligible or disqualified) unless competition is cancelled or postponed by Organizer.
(e) Organizer reserves the right to cancel or postpone all or portions of the competition for any or no reason. If you have submitted an entry for a cancelled or postponed portion of the competition, Organizer will refund your entry fee for that entry within thirty (30) days of any decision to cancel or postpone, and the licenses granted by you to Organizer under these rules for the affected entries will terminate. In addition, Organizer reserves the right to combine selected categories.
(f) Winners will be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and publicity/liability release within thirty (30) days of notification or may be disqualified.
(g) Taxes and other expenses on the awards are the responsibility of the winners.
(h) By entering, each entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of Organizer regarding the same. Organizer's decisions are final on all matters regarding these Awards.

FINE JEWELS AUCTION: 
(a) Only finalist products will be enrolled for auction and display products.
(b) All companies willing to participate in the auction, may ask for an auction form separately, rest finalist products will be tagged as not for sale.
(c) There will be a separate evaluator for approving the suggested reserved price for each product submitted for auction. 
(d) Please give your official consent by 5th Nov. 2017.