pinshape logoDo you have an eye for accessorizing? Think you have what it takes to design the next big thing in jewelry, thanks to your 3D design and printing prowess?

Lucas Matheson, CEO and co-founder of Pinshape, has just told 3DPrint.com about the digital marketplace’s latest 3D design contest, and the prizes are truly worth taking notice.

“We’ve just launched an innovative contest with ELLE Jewelry,” Matheson told us. “By far the biggest ‘brand’ we’ve worked with to source talent from the 3D Printing community. A testament to how large brands using 3D Printing talent. They’re planning on mass manufacturing the winning designs and using the contest to find talent they can hire on to their design team (part of the prize pack).”

elleFor your submitted design of a unique and eye-catching ring, pendant, or bracelet, you could walk away with an impressive prize pack including jewelry, a 3D printer, and even the chance to interview for a job with ELLE Jewelry. This sort of prize really goes beyond traditional awards in potentially laying the groundwork for an entire career for an aspiring designer. In addition to Pinshape and ELLE kudo3dJewelry, the contest is sponsored by Kudo3D.

It doesn’t get much more life-changing than that, and offering that foot in the door might be just the nudge a home designer needs to turn their hobby into a pretty prestigious career. The winning design has the chance to be produced in sterling silver and sold as part of ELLE Jewelry’s globally available product line.thumbnail

ringThe guidelines are pretty simple: create a design (or as many designs as you can come up with!) for a 3D printable ring, bracelet, or pendant, without a stone setting, that fits in with the general style of ELLE Jewelry. They note that “ELLE is a brand that makes fashion accessible and speaks to feminine, positive and self-confident women, so design accordingly!” Designs should be able to be produced in sterling silver and be a ready-to-wear piece fit for many types of women’s styles.

“The ELLE Jewelry collection offers a distinguished look and edge that is chic, modern, and bold. Ultimately, we believe accessories should be a personal expression, a way of celebrating a woman’s love of style,” the contest notes.

braceletDesigns can be submitted now through April 15th over at Pinshape, and will be judged on design, marketability, and presentation. Jewelry pieces should be unique, 3D printable, priced to produce, and include a detailed explanation of backstory — and, of course, include high quality images so the judges can get a good look at the idea.

Winners will be selected by Dillon Chen (Executive Vice President of PAJ, Inc., representing ELLE Time & Jewelry), Patrice Sosoo (Marketing Manager, ELLE USA), Samantha Scragg (Product Manager, ELLE USA), and Jared Leshin (Marketing Director, PAJ, Inc., representing ELLE Time & necklaceJewelry).

First, second, and third prizes will be awarded. All three award levels will offer a boost to the winning designer’s career through a video/phone interview for a designer position at ELLE, as well as social media coverage through the sponsors’ various channels. In addition, the first and second place winners will receive $750 in jewelry from ELLE Time & Jewelry.

1st-place-02eabe8fdf2a1f8b1edbaa6e1c03b1f4The first place winner will also receive their own brand new Kudo3D Titan 1 3D printer, valued at $3,000.

For full details on how to enter — as well as to vote on your favorite designs — visit the Pinshape ELLE Jewelry Design Contest site. Will you be entering? Let us know what you’ll be designing! We’d love to hear about your plans in the Pinshape ELLE Jewelry Contest forum thread over at 3DPB.com.

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