Toronto, Canada, January 28, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Online jewelry company Mejuri
launches competition in support of Canadian designers.
Kim Newport-Mimran and Ken McGrath to judge entries by students from George Brown College
Online fine jewelry company Mejuri is partnering with George Brown College to launch a jewelry design challenge in support of emerging Canadian talent.
Mejuri is pleased to announce that founder and creative designer of Pink Tartan, Kimberly Newport-Mimran, and Gemologist Ken McGrath will be joining the competition as judges. As a leading fashion designer, Newport-Mimran brings over a decade of involvement in the Canadian fashion scene, while McGrath’s lends over 40 years of jewelry industry expertise.
Open to students of the Jewelry Arts Program at George Brown College, the competition will run throughout February 2014 with the winning design being produced and sold on Mejuri.com in the spring. The winning designer will win his/her design, and will receive ongoing royalties and marketing from Mejuri.
“We are delighted to collaborate with George Brown College, Kimberly Newport-Mimran, and Ken McGrath to help emerging designers get introduced to the industry,” said Noura Sakkijha, President & Co-Founder of Mejuri. “We believe this is a great opportunity for new talent to gain exposure to the industry and receive expert feedback.”
“George Brown believes that industry partnerships are vital to providing practical, real-life learning experience for our students education,” said Wing-Ki Chan, Jewelry Studies Program Coordinator, George Brown College.
“Working with Mejuri, Kimberly Newport-Mimran, and Ken McGrath gives our students the competitive advantage they need to be successful in their careers and leaders in the industry.”
The “Everyday Cuff Design” challenge asks students to follow Spring/Summer 2014 trends and design a gold plated silver cuff with pearls that complements everyday wear. The public is invited to vote on the designs from February 10-17 on www.mejuri.com/vote, with the winner announced at the end of the month. Designs will be judged based on their popularity among the online community, technical detail and adherence to fashion trends.
Mejuri is a fresh way for the jewelry industry to work with designers and interact with customers. Mejuri provides a platform for global designers to submit their unique and original designs, where people and trendsetters can then comment and vote. Based on votes, social media interest, and jewelry trends, Mejuri selects the winning designs and manufactures them to introduce unique pieces unlike any in the market. Designs are exclusive and Mejuri markets for the designers and provides them with royalties.
Mejuri jewelry has been featured by major fashion magazines and spotted on celebrities around the world. Earlier this month, Kristin Chenoweth wore Mejuri Zamrud ring in her interview on Oprah TV. For more information or to view designs that have been produced please visit www.mejuri.com.
About George Brown College
Jewelry Studies at George Brown College has nearly 50 years experience providing education in traditional goldsmithing skills, contemporary jewelry design and gemology. Located in Toronto, Canada, the college is one of North America’s largest jewelry schools. A diverse and flexible range of certificate and diploma programs offers basic to advanced goldsmithing techniques, gem setting, repair, model making, gemology, jewelry design, history, rendering and computer modeling. Graduates pursue careers as studio jewelers, bench workers, designers, gemologists, retail sales and management professionals.
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