IJ Jewellers Choice Design Awards

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Official Rules

The 2019 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 2018-19 can only take part.
(e) Product categories are only for Jewellery Manufacturers to participate in.
(f) Retail 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) 
•Heritage Jewellery: Minimum of 18 karat Gold. Yellow, white, rose, and multi-tone gold all qualify. Plain gold, Prataash, Uncut, Jadau, enamelling 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 Cut Gemstone Under 10 Carat: A centre stone weighing less than 10 carat embodied in the jewellery. Judging on the basis of the finesse of gemstone cut
Best Cut Gemstone Between 10-20 Carat: A centre stone weighing between 10 - 20 carat; embodied in the jewellery. Judging on the basis of the finesse of gemstone cut
•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.
•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.
 
•Best Bridal Design: Category consists of bridal jewellery (i.e. combination of necklace, earrings, rings, bangles, etc) mangalsutras.
 
•Red Carpet Jewellery: Jewellery which has been worn at the Red Carpet events like IIFA, BollyWood Awards, Oscars, Grammy, Bafta, etc. Picture to be submitted along with the proof (pictures of celebrities wearing the jewellery at the red carpet).
Statement Jewellery: One of a kind, unique and bold Jewellery piece that helps the wearer portray who they are through their outward appearance. The entry must include only one item, example: either it should be a necklace or earrings, or ring or bracelet and not a combination.
Transformative Jewellery: A very contemporary and exquisite form of jewelry that is interchangeable and can sort you out for more than one occasion. This type of jewelry pieces are assembled using different units, which can be readily removable from the main body to facilitate not only customization but also multipurpose usability and flexible arrangement of the item of jewelry through interchanging of inserts.
Pantone Jewellery (Color of the year 2019): Coral deemed as the Pantone Colour of the year. Coral Jewellery with diamonds, or various colored gemstones qualify. The entry must include only one item, example: either it should be a necklace or earrings, or ring or bracelet and not a combination.

HOW TO ENTER:
•Submit entries to: IJ Magazine Attn: IJ Jewellers' Choice Designs Awards 2019
Indian Jeweller Magazine, Journal House, A-95 Janta Colony, Jaipur – 302004 India
•Product Entries must be received by 31st August, 2019.
•Retail Entries must be received by 30th September, 2019.
•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. Each entry per category shall require collective fee as per the no. of entries. (e.g., two pieces of jewellery entered in diamond Jewellery under Rs 5,00,000 category will be marked as two entries & will require to be marked on the entry form, separate photo, 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, Heritage, Couture) 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 Retail 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. (Temple Jewellery of the Year, Accessory Jewellery of the Year & Best Cut Gemstone along with the Retail Categories will be judged by the Jury Panel.) Second, physical judging will be done by a panel of jury members for the finalist products.

For Product Categories: Photos from your photo submission CD will be posted for viewing and voting by 5 September, 2019. The voting period will begin 5 September, 2019 and closes on 20 September, 2019. 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 November 2019. 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:
Winners will be determined on the basis of physical evaluation of the finalist products at the Grand Jury Meet on the basis of design, innovation, craftsmanship and wearability. 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 2019 for such category. Category award winners will be notified in December 2019.

PRIZES:
•All category award-winning pieces will be featured in Dec-Jan 2020 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.
(i) Any Entry/s that are forged/plagiarized will be disqualified immediately. The organizers hold the sole right to discard the Entry/s without giving further explanation.