Every two years, in coordination with our Congress, the ICA has an international poster competition, a tradition organized by long-time Poster Competition Chair, Yehuda Kassif. The winning design will be used for many communication and marketing efforts by the ICA worldwide to promote colored gemstones.
The entries are exhibited at the Congress venue where all attendees, both ICA members and Congress delegates, vote for their favorite designs. The announcement of the winners is usually done at the closing Gala dinner.
The International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) had its biannual congress in Bangkok Thailand on October 12-15, 2019.
Thailand is world known as one of the best sources for unique red ruby, blue sapphire, padparadscha sapphire, and many other high-quality gemstones. Bangkok is the beating heart of one of the most beautiful arts and culture centers in the far east of Asia, as well as a capital of stunning pieces of jewelry.
This is the third time that Bangkok is hosting ICA congress since ICA foundation in 1984. Previous congresses were events to remember. During the years of its inception, ICA has become one of the international leading jewelry and gemstone trade organizations.
Jewelry shops in Bangkok are rich with rare pieces, the most astonishing designs and the overwhelming and outstanding gold and silver craft. No wonder that coming to Bangkok makes anyone a captive of the loveliest welcoming.
Traditionally, ICA conducts during its congresses a poster competition dedicated to the promotion of gemstones. In the last couple of years, the world was introduced to “fake reality”, “fake facts” and “fake news” which had an effect on our society. ICA looks on the coming congress as a unique opportunity to contribute its opinion on the subject emphasizing the authenticity of gemstones – unique colored minerals created by nature millions of years ago.
Therefore, the main theme of the 2019 poster competition was:
“Gemstone – a genuine treasure to hold on to”
In the light of this concept ICA invited graphics designers worldwide to design a poster (or posters) which include a design of a piece of any kind of jewelry adorned with colored gemstones.
Prize For The Winning Design
- First prize - one winner – US$2,000
- Second Prize – one winner – US$1,500
- Third prize - one winner – US$1,000
- First prize was granted to Sapphire Cutters - Sapphire Capital Group from Colombo, Sri Lanka.
- Second prize went to Mrs. Carolina Macedo Silva from Brasília, Brazil.
- Third prize was given to Mr. Icaro Carlos from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
- Special Honor Recognition was awarded to Mr. Asad Ali from Islamabad, Pakistan.
The Organizing Committee
Yehuda Kassif, Israel – Chairman