If you ask someone to define “fine jewelry” you’ll usually hear something about gold, platinum, diamonds, and other traditionally “precious” materials. But go to any high-end jewelry trade show today, and you’ll find that the term “fine jewelry” rarely matches this limiting definition. Designers no longer hesitate to mix non-traditional materials. The lines between “fine” jewelry and “fashion” jewelry are now blurred. The new generation of buyers doesn’t want to conform to traditional boundaries anymore. For them, “precious” and “non-precious” don’t matter as much as one thing: MAKING A PERSONAL STATEMENT.
Many young consumers opt for non-standard jewelry materials for their pieces because they are cool. Their grandparents had gold bands, but they want to have something new and high-tech. Consumers are looking to express themselves individually and this desire is leading them into a fashionable area. Designers, in turn, need to create pieces that are unique and modern. The uniqueness comes from non-traditional, non-precious materials. It’s time to push people’s perceptions of what is precious. (1)
While the integration of 3D printing technologies into the world of jewelry design is becoming increasingly common, in most cases it is replacing traditional techniques only as a primary method of fabrication or as a tool for prototyping. We want to take this idea one step further by taking a deeper look into the endless possibilities that this amazing technology offers to us. What will happen if we see it as a design tool rather than as a fabrication method? 3D printing technology widens the material library for jewelry designers more than ever, bringing the possibility of thinking about unconventional materials and treasuring the beauty of diversity in design. Welcome to the world of PRECIOUS PLASTICS!
(1) Wojtkielo Snyder, T. (n.d.). Redefining Fine Jewelry. MJSA JOURNAL. www.ganoksin.com/article/redefining-fine-jewelry/
We want to introduce 3 different categories: FINGER, NECK, and WRIST. Each designer can upload a maximum of 3 different designs for each category.
- Winners of each category will get:
- 1st place: €750
- 2nd place: €500
- 3rd place: €250
Top 10 from each category: one 3D print of their design and a professional photo of their design.
5 Honorable Mention Awards: one personal mything certificate.
In addition, all entries will be available for purchase on the mything.com marketplace for a minimum of 6 months. We will contact the designers regarding the design license fee.
- 07/08/17 – Official announcement of the competition.
- 11/08/17 – Start of the registration period and submission.
- 10/09/17 – Close of registration and submissions (23:59 Central European time).
- 15/09/17 – 20/09/17 – Jury evaluation period.
- 22/09/17 – Announcement of winners.
Participants must upload their designs (*.STL files) by September 10th 2017 to www.mything.com/mypreciousplastics.
- Susanne Hammer - Jewelry Designer & Coordinator of Evening College Jewelry Design, Herbststraße - www.herbststrasse.at
- Lynne Maclachlan - Designer / Maker / Researcher - www.LynneMaclachlan.co.uk
- Selina Yau - Founder & Creative Director of OHLINA - www.ohlina.co
- Lena Kvadrat - Creative Director at art point - www.artpoint.eu
- Nicolas Gold - Founder & Designer of SHEYN - www.sheyn.at
Do you have any questions regarding the competition? Visit our competition page and download the PDF brief or just write us an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
TitleMy Precious Plastics - 3D Jewellery Design Competition
TypeCompetition Announcement (Built Projects & Masterplans)
Registration Deadline10/09/2017 23:30
Submission Deadline10/09/2017 23:30