Open Call for Japan Jewellery Competition 2022

Open call  /  19 Nov 2021  -  01 Feb 2022
Published: 19.11.2021
Open Call for Japan Jewellery Competition 2022.
Japan Jewellery Designers Association
Yuko Furihata
DEADLINE: 01/02/2022

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This competition has received high praise from both domestic and international cultural and design circles, and has produced many outstanding artists and designers, as it constantly explores creative and fresh forms of jewellery. As in 2020, we are inviting entries from overseas. The selected works will be exhibited at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in June 2022. We look forward to seeing your entries.
Application Guideline for Overseas Residents

The Japan Jewellery Competition, now in its 32nd year, has been a reflection of the times and a continual exploration of jewellery expression for the future. The 31st exhibition in 2020 had to be cancelled for the first time in the history of the exhibition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, we’ve all faced restrictions to freedoms we usually take for granted in our daily life, and this too has affected our relationships and community. Individually, jewellery creators have also been affected in no small way, and these experiences have permeated their thoughts and works. We, JJDA, would like to invite today’s most creative and excellent pieces of jewelry to the world stage and together, send a message of optimism to 2022 and beyond.

Competition Schedule
  • Deadline for online entry and payment: Tue. February 1, 2022 Online entry on our website /Credit Card Payment
  • The 1st online screening and result notice: Mon. February 21, 2022 Shown on our website
  • Deadline for sending actual work for 2nd screening: Tue. March 1 to Tue. 15, 2022 JJDA office
  • The 2nd screening and result notice: The end of March, 2022 Shown on our website
  • The award winner announcement: The end of March, 2022 Shown on our website
  • Exhibition: Wed. June 8 to Mon. 13, 2022 Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (TOKYO). * If it is not possible to hold the exhibition live, it will be web-based.
  • Return of the works: The end of June, 2022. * There is a possibility that there could be a significant delay in the return of your work due to a reduction in the number of flights to each country or region. Please be aware of this in advance.
Entry Conditions
  • Any kind of material can be used.
  • Entry is limited to original works that have not formerly been displayed or exhibited.
  • Works that have won prizes in other contests are not eligible.
  • Applicant can submit up to 5 pieces based on the same concept.
  • The entries must be encased in a box, with a combined width, height and depth that does not exceed 600mm, and weigh no more than 2kg.
Applicant Eligibility
  • Applicants can either be individual persons, groups or companies.
  • The applicants for the “under26 division” must be 26-year old or younger as of March 31, 2022.
  • The applicants aged 27-year old or over should apply for the “General division”.
How to apply
Fill out the online application form on our website by Tue. February 1, 2022.
Application Fee
  • General division: JPY10,000
  • under26 division: JPY 7,000
(both including the JPY 3,000 as a returning postage)
Credit card payment is available on the online application form on our website.
Payment deadline: Tue. February 1, 2022.
The application fee is non-refundable once received.
Payment recipient: Japan Jewellery Designers Association (JJDA)
Results Announcement
The results will be announced on the website and emailed to you at the same time.
  • Invited judges: TACHIKAWA Eisuke/ President of NOSIGNER,Executive director of JIDA, MIZUSAWA Tsutomu/ Art critic, Director of The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama
  • Lead judge: KASHIWAGURA Kazutoshi/ President of JJDA
  • Judges: KAWANABE Yuri/ Member of JJDA, KIMURA Yoshiaki/ Member of JJDA, SUGANUMA Yumiko/ Member of JJDA, YAMAZAKI Shigeki/ Director of JJDA

Prizes and Awards
  • Grand prize: JPY 300,000 (One winner)
  • Excellent prize: JPY 100,000 (Two winners)
  • Under26 division prize: JPY 50,000 (One winner)
  • Overseas division prize: JPY 50,000 (One winner)
  • Invited judges award: Two winners
  • Incentive award: Several winners
  • Japan Jewellery Association award: One winner
* All of the prizes and awards except division prizes will be selected from all of the entries.
Selection Criteria
Creativity, originality, provoking ability, appropriate materials and precise technique.
The first screening
Please upload photos of your work(s) on the JJDA website as follows:
  • Please take photos that clearly show the work(s) itself.
  • Please submit 3-4 photos total, including one showing work(s) being worn.
Please submit images taken as follows:
(1) One picture taken from the front view of a single work or all works together (in the case of five entries, five pieces should be on one sheet, or a collage of images).
(2) One picture of the back side of a single work or all the works together.
(3) One picture of a single work or all the works together is (are) being worn on either dummy or actual body.
(4) One picture of your choice (Optional)
  • The background should be grayscale, plain.
  • Do not take pictures with personally identifiable objects.
  • Do not include anything other than the work, except for images of the work(s) being worn.
  • No more than 2MB each, Resolution of 1080x720px or more, jpg
* For security reasons, only 「jpg」 extensions will be accepted;「 JPG」 is not acceptable.

Samples photos:
(1)Shoot multiple pieces in one image (3) Body and model mounting photo (4) One picture of your choice (Optional)
The second screening
Those who pass the first screening will have their names listed on our website and will be notified via email.
After confirming the information in the email, please send your work in accordance with the following instructions.
Shipment, Return, Customs and Insurance
  • To the designated place in Japan, all of the shipping costs including handling fees, customs etc. should be borne by the entrants.
  • We do not accept parcels from couriers or forwarders that charge custom duties on delivery. (i.e. we do not accept any parcels for which the entrants do not bear all necessary transportation costs.)
  • The organizer will not bear any responsibility for accidents, damage, loss, or other problems that occur during the works transport to the submission venue. The arriving entries will be handled with the greatest possible care.
  • However the organizer will not insure the entries.
  • The entrants may optionally apply for the appropriate insurance. Please note that the compensation will be assessed by an insurance company and that they do not always provide full compensation.
  • Please put “For competition” on the waybill.
  • The works will be returned by EMS (Speed post) with an insurance up to JPY20,000.
Submission period: The entries must arrive between Tue. March 1 to Tue. March 15, 2022.
Submission address: JJDA 2022 COMPETITION, Japan Jewellery Designers Association, Arai Bldg.8F, 4-11-7 Hacchobori, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0032,Japan.
Phone: +81-3-3523-7344
How to submit
Put a tag with the entry number written on the application form for every single entry.
Make sure the tag is well set. Pack your entry appropriately to avoid damage during shipment.
Please enclose the items below per one entry in the box.
Two photographs showing entire body of the work.
Write the entry number beside the image, and indication of the top and bottom parts, write the entrant’s name at the back of the photos.
If there is any additional description (i.e. how to wear it, etc.), please include extra photographs as necessary.
*Please don’t enclose any display stands.
The organizer will not accept any questions regarding the competition results.
In any of the following cases, entries will not be judged;
Submission of incomplete documents, unpaid application fee, late arrival of the works, breakage during transit, if an entry is regarded as a fake design, customs duty is claimed from the organizer.
About return shipping options
As a basic rule, returns are sent by EMS, but if you prefer, you can choose the FedEx shipping method for an additional fee. Please check the Q&A for details.
(Q & A)
Q: Can I choose a return shipping method other than EMS?
A: You can choose FedEx [prepaid with additional payment in advance] or FedEx [cash on delivery].
[If you wish to pay in advance]
Please select the appropriate fee from the payment URL provided in the email when you pass the 1st screening, and pay by credit card.
(Example of additional charges)
- North America & Oceania +10,000 yen - Europe +12,000 yen - Asia +7,000 yen
[If you wish to pay by cash on delivery]
Please let us know your FedEx ID when you pass the first screening.
If you do not have a FedEx ID, you will need to register it on the FedEx website in advance.
For details, please contact FedEx.

Entrants hold all of the rights regarding the entered works, however, entrant agrees to the following:
  • The organizer reserves the rights to exhibit the winning works and publish them in the official catalogue and advertising paper.
  • The organizer reserves the rights regarding the use of photo images and the information on the entrants in advertising media, including social networking sites, regardless of print or electronic forms.
  • The organizer reserves the rights regarding the interpretation and quotes in lectures and similar events.
Handling of Personal Information
The personal information of the entrants obtained from the application form will be managed appropriately in accordance with Act on the Protection of Personal Information of Japan.
The organizer, Japan Jewllery Designers Association will only use the information of the entrants for correspondence relevant to this competition, and will not provide any third party with the entrant’s personal information without obtaining entrant’s prior consent.
Japan Jewellery Designers Association
Agency for Cultural Affairs
Japan Institute of Design Promotion
Japan Jewellery Association
Japan Industrial Design Association
Japan Interior Architects / Designers' Association
Japan Graphic Design Association
Japan Sign Design Association
Japan Design Space Association
Japan Package Design Association
General Designers Association
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Yasuhiro Ando. Necklace: Untitled, 2020. 20k gold, silver. Awarded at: Japan Jewellery Competition 2020 Winners. Grand Prize. Yasuhiro Ando
Necklace: Untitled, 2020
20k gold, silver
Awarded at: Japan Jewellery Competition 2020 Winners

Grand Prize

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Yayoi Asakura. Pendant: Untitled, 2016. Silver, leather, silicone.. Left: 40 x 50 x 4 cm; Middle: 40 x 50 x 4 cm; Right: 50 x 45 x 5 cm. Awarded at: Japan Jewellery Competition Grand Prize 2016. Yayoi Asakura
Pendant: Untitled, 2016
Silver, leather, silicone.
Left: 40 x 50 x 4 cm; Middle: 40 x 50 x 4 cm; Right: 50 x 45 x 5 cm
Awarded at: Japan Jewellery Competition Grand Prize 2016
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Noriko Matsumoto. Necklace: Untitled, 2018. Gold(K18), palladium, silver, cubic zirconia, pearl.. 61 x 2.5 x 1.3 cm. Awarded at: Japan Jewellery Competition Grand Prize 2018. Noriko Matsumoto
Necklace: Untitled, 2018
Gold(K18), palladium, silver, cubic zirconia, pearl.
61 x 2.5 x 1.3 cm
Awarded at: Japan Jewellery Competition Grand Prize 2018
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Nao Mizutani. Necklace: Untitled, 2014. Silver, stainless steel, gold plated.. Black: 20 x 20 x 7 cm; Gold: 19 x 19 x 5 cm. Awarded at: Japan Jewellery Competition Grand Prize 2014. Nao Mizutani
Necklace: Untitled, 2014
Silver, stainless steel, gold plated.
Black: 20 x 20 x 7 cm; Gold: 19 x 19 x 5 cm
Awarded at: Japan Jewellery Competition Grand Prize 2014
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