Queen of Gems Awards Entry Forms

Jewellery Design Awards Entry Forms

2022 Entries are now open! Scroll down the page to find the Entry Form in your category.

The “Queen of Gems” Boulder Opal Jewellery Design Awards are in celebration of the opal gemstone of Queensland. The design awards focus foremost on the originality to which the Boulder Opal is presented, followed by the craftsmanship of the manufacture, and finally the wearability, and the creative use of opals.

The judges for the awards are chosen from various disciplines, to each bring a different expertise to the panel, and vary year to year. Apart from our opal and jewellery industry experts, a third judge brings design skills from a background specifically not from jewellery, to give a fresh eye. Our judging is done “blind”, with no identifying marks, etc., and no discussion is entered into while the judging is proceeding. The design committee enters all scores given by the individual judges, and the winner is announced at the evening event of the QBOA Opal Trade Fair.

Our past awards have focused on handmade jewellery, matching the artisan jeweler to the artisan Opal cutter – a meeting of skills allowing our Queensland Boulder Opal to shine in its full glory. With new techniques in jewellery manufacture, our OPEN category clears the way for new styles in design, of both jewellery and objects, with the use of CAD or casting techniques allowed.

First prize for Professional Jeweler category:     $2000.00

First prize for Emerging Jeweler category:         $1000.00

First prize for OPEN category:                               $1000.00

Vince Evert Bursary (Emerging Jewelers only): $ 300.00

  • The Vince Evert Bursary was first donated by John Iskenderian, in honour of his friend Vince, and their shared regard for the Boulder Opal.

For more comprehensive information, please download and read the terms and conditions, including crucial dates for completed forms, dates for sending completed work, etc.

Please read the Judging Criteria below

Judges use the following criteria for assessing the Entries:

Originalityis defined as having a quality of being novel or unusual.

  • Does the design surprise or engage
  • Does the design inspire
  • Recognisable design theme

Craftsmanship is defined as the quality of the workmanship.

  • Quality of design
  • Quality of work made by hand
  • Quality of finish / polish
  • Design and materials used are compatible

Wearability is defined as being capable of being worn on the body.

  • Design shows interesting use of wearability
  • Design is comfortable when worn

Aesthetic Appeal is defined as being the relation of all parts to each other.

  • Design is interesting and attractive
  • Form, Material, Texture are in relative proportion

Creative use of Opals is defined as showing good imagination and/or original ideas

  • Design is imaginative
  • Ideas are original in their execution
  • Routine design: Fair
  • Innovative design: Good
  • Creative design: Excellent

3 Classes of Design

as described by Gerhard Schmidt

Routine Design

The design problem is well understood and it is only required that a prototypical model be refined rather than radically altered. An example of this might be a solitaire diamond engagement ring for mass production and consumption. An existing design is simply reworked.

Innovative Design

Requires that various prototypical designs be combined and/or modified to provide a new prototype. An example of this might lie in the task of having to design a new range of engagement rings around a specific theme.

Creative Design

Opens up the possibility of entirely new solutions to entirely new designs, or at least, novel reworking or rethinking of previous design ideas. This would include the use of new materials and/or techniques as a focus for the design.