Monday, November 15, 2010

Oz. Pt added to design contest prize

New York—Metal supplier and refiner Johnson Matthey NY is adding one troy ounce of pure platinum to the prize package offered for its new platinum jewelry design contest.

The ounce, which is the equivalent of 20 pennyweights, is intended to help the contest winners—three will be chosen in total—craft the piece they sketched out to enter. The ounce is an addition to the $30,000 in prizes already on the table for the contest's trio of victors.

The "Johnson Matthey Sustainable Design Award" contest is open to American-based emerging designers—those with less than five years' design experience, postgraduates or those in their final year of school—whether independent or working for a manufacturer or retailer. Designers who wish to enter should submit a drawing or image of a unique, wearable and sustainable piece in 950 ppt platinum to Though stones and other materials can be included, the design should be predominately platinum.

The deadline for entries is Nov. 25. Only the three competition winners selected by the judges will have to make their pieces. Winning pieces will be on display at an invitation-only cocktail party during the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America's (MJSA) Expo on March 15 in New York City.

For more information on Johnson Matthey NY sustainability, visit For contest questions, e-mail Johnson Matthey's Mark Danks at or call (212) 245-6790.

Award sponsors include Platinum Guild International, Rare Creative, Carrera Casting Corporation and media sponsor MJSA.

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