CGA Announces 1st Annual Canadian Jewellery Design Winners

Yiwei Zhang of George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario won first place in the CGA Jewellery Design Contest with her Neckpiece “Sprout Spring.”

The Canadian Gemmological Association (CGA) have announced the winners of the 1st Annual Emerging Artist Design Competition. Winners were awarded prizes at this year’s CGA Gem conference, which took place from October 19-21, 2018 in Vancouver.

This year’s winners include:

Honourable Mention: Charlize Nhung (OCAD University) for her “Element of Canada” necklace

3rd Place and $250: Alexandro Gage (Vancouver Community College) for his “After Picasso” pendant

2nd Place and $500: Jackie Zheng (Vancouver Community College) for his “Autumn Melody” bracelet

1st Place and $1000: Yiwei Zheng (George Brown College) for her “Sprout Spring” collar necklace

“These are fantastic examples of Canadian talent and design excellence,” said Donna Hawrelko, President of the CGA. “The future of Canadian gemmology and jewellery is definitely in the capable hands of these industry innovators.”

The CGA conference is the largest gem and jewellery event in Canada and is expected to be a sold-out event. Competition winners will be recognized at the conference gala and prize money will be awarded.

“Congratulations to all our winners and to those who submitted an entry,” said Hawrelko. “There were so many fine submissions that showed promise and genius.”

Complete competition winner information can also be found on the CGA website.

About the CGA
Founded in 1958, The Canadian Gemmological Association is a professional organization that has set the standard for excellence in the science and study of gemmology in Canada. CGA courses provide training for gem and jewellery industry professionals and enthusiasts alike. The professional diploma (FCGmA) program is recognized worldwide. The CGA represents its members in liaison with the government in developing guidelines for the sale and marketing of diamonds, coloured gemstones and pearls, and in the establishment of
guidelines for gem and jewellery appraising in Canada.