it's about them. God help you if you are selected to make your
piece. Perhaps 25 carats of the I3 Q colour that they flog on the
mass-production market is exactly what they would like to see.
I think that, were I moved to try an entry, I’d be using rough
crystals. I’ve seen these, even on ebay, for as little as 25 a carat,
often in surprisingly large sizes, and though they aren’t gem grade,
as natural crystals, they have considerable charm and interest.
Couple that with, just for contrast, some of those nice irradiated
black diamonds for 75 a carat, and heck. You could afford to make
your design up in decent quality metal and still not go broke…
Or, I’d bet you could, perhaps with a plea here on orchid, come up
with 25 carats worth of broken melee, put in a little hand blown
bottle nicely set in 18K gold.
You DO have options. Nothing in that proposal said you had to use
VVS1, G color, half caraters and above to make the design.
Note too, that it’s not surprising they have a restriction like
that. They’re only taking what, ten people per country? Not many
entries needed, and there certainly ARE some firms out there, often
those most able to do high production levels of commercial goods,
and therefore quite important to DeBeers overall market, for whom 25
carats in a piece are not unreasonable. High end, yes, but certainly
not unreasonable for, say, the likes of Tiffanys or Winstons or
Zales, should they, as companies, wish the exposure of such an
exhibit. it may put many of US out of the picture as individual
craftspeople, but then most of us are about beautiful jewelry and the
art of jewelry, more than we’re about the high volume multi store or
international commercial selling of lots of DeBeers merchandise,
which of course is what THEIR aim certainly is.