Rio Tinto Diamonds Launches
Global Design Competition
Winning designs to be
showcased at the 2012 Oscars
Rio Tinto Diamonds has announced the launch of an exciting global design competition aimed at inspiring creativity and innovation across four categories of diamond jewelry design. These categories reflect the diverse nature of Rio Tinto’s diamonds and its commitment to sustainable jewelry practices.
According to Rebecca Foerster, Manager of Rio Tinto Diamonds US Representative Office,
“We are delighted to be announcing this competition at a time when the jewelry industry is hungry for product innovation and design. This competition has a number of unique categories which will provide the opportunity for both new and emerging designers to showcase their craft.”
The competition is open to entrants from the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, China, India, and Australia, who can submit designs in the following categories: Champagne Diamonds, Silvermist Diamonds, Canadian Diamonds and Sustainable Jewelry. There are also two levels of entry - “Rising Star” and “Master Craftsman” - and participating designers will have the opportunity to express the unique story of inspiration for their design.
The design competition closes on October 26, 2011, with judging to take place in New York on November 2, 2011. The eight winning designs will be chosen by a panel of elite jewelry designers, fashion experts and celebrity stylists. The winning designs will be showcased at a suite at the 2012 Oscars, along with significant media exposure.
About Rio Tinto Diamonds - Rio Tinto is one of the world’s major diamond producers through its 100 per cent control of the Argyle mine in Australia, 60 per cent of the Diavik mine in Canada, a 78 per cent
interest in the Murowa mine in Zimbabwe. These three mines allow Rio Tinto to produce diamonds for all market segments. Rio Tinto also has an advanced diamond project in India.
Rio Tinto’s share of the production from its three operating mines is sold through its Diamonds Sales and Marketing headquarters office in Antwerp, Belgium with representative offices in Mumbai, Hong Kong and New York. Rio Tinto Diamonds is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process as well as a founding member of Responsible Jewellery Council.