Design Contest

The Hawaii Jewelers Association (HJA) holds a Design Contest annually which showcases the incredible designs of Hawaii's jewelry professionals. Held concurrently with the Annual Banquet, this nationally and internationally recognized design contest is open to HJA members.

Submitted pieces are graded by three independent judges the week prior to the Annual Banquet (usually held in May) and the winners are announced during the banquet. In addition to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from the formal judging, banquet attendees vote for their favorite entries as "People's Choice" award winners in each category.

In addition to koa framed award certificates for all submissions, the winners are promoted by HJA in social media, trade magazines and publications, and other forms of communication both locally and nationally.

Design Contest Categories:

  • Jewelry under $3500
  • Jewelry $3500 and Over
  • Hawaiian Themed Jewelry
  • Estate/Vintage Jewelry

Entries are judged on a point system:

Judging Criteria
A) Overall Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . maximum 40 points
B) Marketability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . maximum 20 points
C) Practicality/Wearability . . . . . . maximum 20 points
D) Craftsmanship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . maximum 20 points
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . for a maximum total of 100 points

Guide
A) Is it compelling?
B) Does the price match the piece?
C) Is it comfortable to wear?
D) Is it well made?

The designer scoring the highest overall across all categories is designated the Hawaii Jewelers Association "Designer of the Year". So the Designer of the Year could come from the Under $3500, $3500 and Over, or Hawaiian Themed category.

Estate/Vintage pieces are not eligible for Designer of the Year. Estate/Vintage pieces do not have to have been designed by an HJA member.

Entries in the Under $3500, $3500 and Over, and Hawaiian Themed categories must be designed by an HJA member and produced within 18 months prior to the Design Contest.

Featured at the Hong Kong Jewellery Show
Biennially, the HJA Designer of the Year is awarded a qualifying entry at the prestigious Hong Kong Jewellery Show.


Archive of previous Annual Banquets and Design Contests.