JewelryMonk Design Contest Info


Alright, the First JewelryMonk Design Contest Info:

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In a nutshell, here are the details:

I have chosen 5 stones for you to use in a RING design. Your job is to select one of these stones (there is a Pear Shaped, an Emerald Cut Stone, a Marquise Shape, a Trillion Shaped Stone, and an Oval Shaped stone. (Pictured below)

  • You design a SILVER RING with one of these stone.
  • You have a until November 27th at Midnight to submit your design to
  • The deadline will be Sunday, November 27th 2016 at Midnight EST.
  • My team and I will select 1 winner and announce it December 4th.  The winner will get their design created by myself. During this process, I will create videos of the whole process from:  Design – The Layout – Wax Carving and Cleanup – Casting – Metal Clean up – Rubber Mold Making – Wax Sizing – Casting the Production Piece – Grinding – Tumbling – Pre-Polishing – Stone Setting – and Final Polishing.

I will make this video series available for purchase when it is finished, BUT the winner will receive the series for free.

BUT WAIT!!!! There’s More!!! (I have always wanted to say that….. sorry….. )

The winner will also receive the finished design model, the mold, and the finished piece to own. This design and finished piece is theirs to do with whatever they want.

Also you all have MY PROMISE, that any design that is not selected, I will not use, create, sell, or produce. It will never see the light of day unless you request me to do so. It is your intellectual property, and I will respect that.

Now, don’t feel like you are not “Qualified” to submit a design. You do not have to be a designer to enter. If you can do a CAD drawing, a pencil sketch, or just a crayon sketch, that is all I need.  My career has been creating jewelry from complex designs, or “chicken scratch”. I have an eye for this. We will not make our decision on the design sketch quality, but criteria set up by our team for this project. So this contest is for EVERYONE!

Here are the stones to design from:

Marquise Blue Topaz: 12x6mm and 4mm Deep


Oval Citrine: 9x7mm 4.5mm Deep


Emerald Cut Amethyst 8x6mm 4mm Deep


Trillion Cut Garnet 8x8mm 4.75mm Deep


Pear Shaped Peridot 5x7mm 3.25mm Deep


So I have 3 things for you to do:

First, Look at the stones you have to work with and choose 1 stone to design a ring with. Take your time and think about it for a bit. REMEMBER, The deadline will be Sunday, November 27th 2016 at Midnight EST. And you only get 1 design to submit…..period (choose wisely my friend)

Second…. Create a design as simple or as complex as you want and email it to I will print out all these entries submitted and my team and I will choose a winner by December 4th, 2016.

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Also, Leave a comment on the website. Let me know you are out there, let me know what you think, and most importantly…. encourage one another. Also check out and do the same there. Encourage one another. Don’t post your designs there…. You would be giving away your secrets, but say HI!, hang out a bit, and most importantly…..HAVE FUN!

There ya have it, the First JewelryMonk Design Contest/Video training series Contest Rules.

I am excited for me, but more importantly, I am excited for YOU ALL. I really look forward to seeing what you all are going to create.

Now…… go create something award winning!


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13 Responses to JewelryMonk Design Contest Info

  1. BethBeth Farmer November 5, 2016 at 11:41 pm #

    This sounds like a great excercise ! I will be sharing this with other members of our lapidary club . And promoting your newsletter again.

    • Doug Napier November 5, 2016 at 11:43 pm #

      Thank you so much Beth. This is going to be so much fun!

  2. Collins November 6, 2016 at 11:17 am #

    What an incredible, inclusive gift – from the crayon-wielding newbie (me) to either a gifted illustrator or skilled computer designer, everyone can participate! Jewelry lotto! This is a very generous ‘give back’ to the community.

    • Doug Napier November 6, 2016 at 11:40 am #

      Thank you Collins, I am so excited about this, more than I have been in a while. This is going to be cool.

  3. Stacy November 6, 2016 at 10:50 pm #

    I’m in. sounds like fun and a great opportunity for newbie designers like me. My crayons are ready to go, once I pick a lovely stone.

    • Doug Napier November 7, 2016 at 6:02 am #

      That is awesome Stacy, can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  4. Dana November 7, 2016 at 6:51 am #

    I’m definitely a novice when it comes to jewelry design, but I love a good challenge, and even more so, I want to learn how to do the more complex things in jewelry making, like wax carving and casting.

    • Doug Napier November 7, 2016 at 7:26 am #

      Dana, you are in luck and have come to the right place.

  5. kerri hansen November 7, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

    Hooray! Finally, something interesting to draw using CAD!
    Thank you for running this challenge. I’m super excited about it!

    • Doug Napier November 7, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

      You are welcome Kerri. I am excited as well to see what everyone comes up with.

  6. Alexis November 11, 2016 at 5:41 am #

    This is a brilliant idea! I hope you’ll consider doing this again next year; I may miss this one bc I’m about to have a baby.

  7. Tiffany Horstein November 25, 2016 at 10:29 pm #

    Thanks for doing this, Doug! So excited to see the process for the winning design!

    • Doug Napier November 25, 2016 at 11:21 pm #

      Thank you Tiffany, I am excited as well to go through this process with everyone.