International Contemporary Jewelry Contest



An international collaboration in which original jewelry objects are transformed and re-interpreted by teams of two. Join a designer you’ve never met before and work together in an experimental project!



Assamblage – The Romanian National Contemporary Jewelry Association in Bucharest, Romania, launches the international contest “CAMERA LUCIDA”. Supported by The Administration of The National Cultural Fund, the project is dedicated to the upcoming commemoration of 100 years since the ending of World War I.


Project Outline: Jewelry as a new way of storytelling. Social jewelry and ethic design

The contest and the resulting exhibition is a challenge to regard jewelry as a new way to convey meaning, as a metaphor for communication, symbols and language in contemporary design. In a conceptual discourse about the assumption of the common past and cultural identity, a number of 20 designers will be brought together in a collaborative project.


Once attached to a human host, jewelry has great potential power. We now see an alternative model of jewelry emerging – from the bench to the street. A broadening context that enables jewelry to return to its place in everyday life – as useful device, social link or call for action, not only as testament to the taste of the individual wearer, but also as a sign of change in the wider world.




























Who can apply?

Contemporary jewelry designers regardless of age, experience and materials used in their work, are eligible to apply. There are no application fees to enter the contest.

International Jury Selection

The international jury will select a number of 20 designers for the following stages of the contest (from which 10 places are awarded to Romanian designers and 10 places are open to international applicants). Please keep in mind that, according to the quality of the application, further designers may be selected to participate in the exhibition, even if not selected for the second step of the contest.

Official Jury Committee

Assamblage National Contemporary Jewelry Association - David Sandu, Romania

Artistar Jewels - Milano, Italy

Krama Institute in Athens, Greece

Galeria Sztuki w Legnicy - The Art Gallery in Legnica, Poland

AGC - Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo, Italy

Monique Manoha - Pole Bijoux curator, France

Daniela Boieri - Alchimia, Italy

Current Obsession Magazine, The Netherlands

Eimear Conyard - Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

Special partners: Arts & Crafts Design Awards, The Jewellery Activist, ICKX Contemporary Jewelry Bruxelles. 


Each of the 20 designers selected by the jury will receive an award of 100 Euro to be used in the production and delivery costs. All other exhibition costs will be covered by the organizers.


Applications are to be sent to the e-mail address using the title “Camera Lucida Application_Designer Name” by 13th of August. No applications will be entered in the contest after the deadline.

For more information about the contest application theme and regulations, please download and carefully read the documents below, or feel free to require any additional details at







Thank you and we look forward for your applications!

Assamblage Team


The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of The National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the way the project results can be used. They are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.


Organizer / 

Assamblage, with the support of The National Cultural Fund Administration


Project stage / 

Call for applications


Location / 



Year / 

2017 - 2018

Assamblage jewelry
  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon
  • Pinterest - Black Circle

© 2017 by Assamblage - The National Contemporary Jewelry Association

26 Carol Davila Street, Bucharest, Romania / +40721.489.792