Interweave Jewelry and Beading Competitions

Interweave’s Jewelry, Bead and Gem Arts Awards

Presented by

Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and Beadwork magazines

Welcome to Interweave’s new Jewelry, Bead and Gem Arts Awards. This is your chance to gain recognition and prestige for your work related to any of the jewelry arts, so show us your best! Top winners of the 2020 competition will be awarded cash prizes. Winners and honorable mentions will receive magazine subscriptions, and will appear in print, online, or both. Here’s what you need to know to get your entry ready now.

Deadlines & Fees

Early Bird Deadline: 6/1/2020

Early Bird Fees: Entries received by midnight EDT 6/1/2020 require a fee of $30

Deadline: 7/1/2020

Fees:  Entries received by midnight EDT 7/1/2020 require a fee of $35


1 Grand Prize Winner will receive:

·         $1000 in cash

·         A 1-year subscription to the magazine publication of his/her choice: Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist or Beadwork

4 Division Winners will receive:

·         $250 in cash

·         A 1-year subscription to the magazine publication of their choice: Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist or Beadwork

10 Honorable Mention Winners will receive:

·         A 1-year subscription to the magazine publication of their choice: Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist or Beadwork


Jewelry, Non-bead, that may be worn on any part of the body that is not primarily bead jewelry. Pendant parts may hang from beads and beads may be incorporated with other components, but pieces must be primarily non-bead jewelry.

Beads, including individual focal beads and bead jewelry that may be worn on any part of the body. Other items may be incorporated, but pieces must be primarily bead jewelry.

Gems for jewelry or collector use, including composites, using any gem cutting technique or combination of techniques.

Non-jewelry or  Non-jewelry-use Objects,  including functional and non-functional pieces, made with jewelry-making techniques including but not limited to metalsmithing, beading, and gem cutting.

A select number of additional winners may be chosen for publication in our magazines.

Rules & Guidelines

Open to any jewelry designer/maker, bead designer/maker, or gem designer/lapidary. Entries must be submitted here by the designer/maker or lapidary, or in cases of collaborative work, the principal designer/maker or lapidary.

Designs: Must be original and executed.

Media: Any medium or combination of media is acceptable.

Criteria: Visual Appeal and Impact;  Originality;  Execution; for Jewelry only: Wearability.

Selection: The editors of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and Beadwork will review all submissions and make final selections based on the criteria specified as well as the suitability of the images for publication.

Judging is based on photography, so please, do your work justice and capture all the boldness and subtlety in your jewelry or other piece – don’t snap underexposed, low-resolution pics that are askew. Spend some time achieving the best photo results you can. A poorly shot photo will make a poor reproduction in print and will make it difficult to judge your work properly.

Entries: Each entry must represent one piece of jewelry or one gem or one multiple-piece set or suite. You may submit as many entries as you wish, but each piece, set, or suite must be submitted as a separate entry.

Entries must be submitted as high-resolution, digital images. If possible, we recommend having a professional photographer skilled in jewelry photography shoot your artwork. If you use a professional photographer, you are responsible for obtaining the proper legal releases and permissions for the photography to be printed in a book and to be used in marketing materials.

Images should show the complete work, face-up. Up to two additional images may show the work from other perspectives to show how else it may appear when worn, functionality, or other aspects of execution. Work should appear on a simple background of white, black, or gray, seamless paper, with the work centered in the frame. Photos should be in focus and well-lit, with balanced light (no color casts).

Image requirements for entries: JPG files (Please try to keep the file size under 5 MB to ensure proper uploading). When entering online, the viewing screen & thumbnail which you will see during the entry process is for general reference only and does not reflect the image quality that will be viewed by jurors.

The file that you attach is exactly as it will appear to the jurors.

All entrants should be prepared to be able to send a hi-resolution print-quality replacement file should their entry be among those selected as a winner. For publication in our magazines, these files should be 300 dpi when saved at approximately 8×10 inches (2400×3600 pixels), ideally, and 5×7 inches (1500×2100 pixels) at minimum.

Winners will be notified by email no later than August 31, 2020

Publication of winners: Winning images,  winners’ names and where applicable businesses and information describing the pieces will be published in either Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, Beadwork, both, online, or all three. Winners will receive one copy gratis of the print publication(s) in which their work appears, and may purchase additional copies at a discount. Some winning pieces may be requested for new photography; therefore, although not required, keeping entry pieces available where possible would be appreciated.

Disclaimer: Submitting an entry constitutes granting Golden Peak Media the right to reproduce the image or images in announcing winners, promoting the competition, and for other editorial and promotional purposes. All entrants agree not to hold Golden Peak Media responsible for the protection of original designs once published.

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