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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 JMNY.com. For contest questions, e-mail Johnson Matthey's Mark Danks at email@example.com or call (212) 245-6790.
Award sponsors include Platinum Guild International, Rare Creative, Carrera Casting Corporation and media sponsor MJSA.