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TOMORROW'S GEMS: Edgard Hamon, among the last remaining couture costume jewelry manufacturers in Paris and supplier to several of France’s leading couture houses, has created a prize to promote young talent and help ensure the craft's future.
The Edgard Hamon prize will be awarded every two years in two categories starting in June 2014: One for young designers under 30 who have been working in costume jewelry in France for at least five years and a second for a "Future Hope" in his or her final year at a European school of fashion, design or applied arts.
Candidates in both categories, who must file their applications starting in September and deliver their projects by the end of December, need to submit designs for a collection of couture-inspired fashion jewelry of between five and eight pieces, including a necklace, bracelet or cuff, chain, broach and ring.
The winner in the first category will have prototypes of their collection created by Edgard Hamon and be awarded 15,000 euros, or $19,552 at current exchange, in prize money. In the second category, three prototypes will be created and the prize is 3,000 euros, or $3,910.
Confirmed members of the jury include Christian Lacroix, Lanvin jewelry designer Elie Top and former French Vogue editor and jewelry expert Franceline Prat.
The awards ceremony will be held at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris.