Carlsbad, Calif.—The Gemological Institute of The usa has granted the yearly Gianmaria Buccellati Basis Award.

GIA and the Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation 1st partnered in 2018 to spotlight the expertise amongst GIA’s jewelry design and style college students throughout its global campuses.

Now in its sixth yr, the 2022 honor went to a university student from the GIA London college for the 1st time, Sara Guergova.

“On behalf of the Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation, we want to congratulate Ms. Sara Guergova, this year’s winner, in addition all the other finalists whose perform so enriched this year’s levels of competition,” stated Larry French, main officer of North America procedures at the Gianmaria Buccellati Basis.

“We also want to understand the gifted GIA style and design instructors who assisted tutorial the learners on their way to the last judging in Tucson. Our founder, Gianmaria Buccellati, believed that planning jewellery was an artwork and, like all artwork, necessary to be examined and practiced in buy to increase into a grasp designer. The Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation is happy to spouse with the Gemological Institute of The usa to encourage the expansion of these young designers and we hope they will carry on on this fascinating occupation route.”

The judging panel consisted of award-profitable designer and goldsmith Alishan Halebian of Alishan Jewellery Studio found in Southern California retailer Cathy Calhoun of Calhoun Jewelers in Royersford, Pennsylvania and Carmel, California jewelry designer and rendering and design and style teacher Remy Rotenier Shelly Sergent, the collections supervisor of the Somewhere In the Rainbow Gemstone and Jewellery Assortment and Victoria Gomelsky, the editor-in-chief at JCK.

Winner Guergova claimed of the honor introduced at a GIA occasion in Tucson, “The evening was exceptionally inspirational, but then also to go on and receive the Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation Award it was really an unforgettable expertise for me. In a way, it validates the challenging get the job done in the course of the many years and diminishes any former self-doubt in what I can attain,

“Attending GIA was a transformative second in my lifetime, I acquired so a great deal …going forward, the strategies and technological capabilities I obtained, will propel me even more.”

The competition for the 2023 award winner is now underway, GIA reported. Open to GIA jewelry layout pupils, eligibility demands and additional details are obtainable on line