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Opal Jewellery Design Awards


The  International Opal Jewellery Design Awards is one of the most prestigious opal jewellery design competitions in the world. The Awards are biannual and are presented during the International Opal Jewellery Gala Awards Dinner. The next event is our Opal Trade Show in 2018 and Opal Queen Ball held on Saturday the 28th of July 2018.

2018 International Opal Jewellery Design Awards Opal Trade Show

Wednesday July 25th to Saturday July 28th. 10am - 5pm.

Opal Queen Ball - Saturday 28th July 2018.

The next Jewellery Awards Competitions are held in 2019 in Lightning Ridge NSW, Australia. The Awards are run by the International Opal Jewellery Design Awards Association (IOJDAA) and were established to  promote free-form and or undulating surface opals in exquisite jewellery. View the 2017 images here .

There are no limitations on who can enter or the number of entrants. The Awards now attract world class entries from Australia, Europe, Asia, Canada and the USA. Entrants may be:

•    Individuals

•    Partnerships

•    Companies

Entrants must state the name of the designer and manufacturing jeweller so both receive recognition. Jewellers (professional), Apprentices (currently engaged in a jewellery course) and Non-Professionals are invited to submit original, completed pieces of jewellery.

Opportunity to aquire low-grade opal for the Non-Professional contestants for designing jewellery has been made possible by the LRTA.

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Award Categories

Outlined below are the Award categories for 2017 as the most recent event.

•    Jewellery Hand Sketches

•    Carving Awards - Professional and Non Professional

•    $2000 Christine Roussel Incentive Award
(Sponsored by Michelle and Danny Hatcher)

•    Alf and Margarite White Memorial Non Professional Award (Sponsored by the White Family)

•    Daywear to the value of $500

•    Evening wear in excess of $500

•    Fantasy Award

•    Prestige Professional Award (Sponsored by Down to Earth Opals)



The information for 2019 International Opal Jewellery Design Awards will be available in due course.


The Awards are judged by high profile industry leaders and experts. Each category is judged separately and awarded prizes. Exhibits will be identified by number only during judging and judges will wear white gloves to protect exhibits. Judges decisions will not be based on value of materials used (ie. the inclusion of potch is acceptable). The judges’ decision is final.
If you require pieces of freeform opal for your design work, please contact us as we have a range of members who can supply you with gem quality opal.


The International Opal Jewellery Design Awards attracts significant media exposure.
In addition, all entrants will have their jewellery pieces posted up on the International Opal Jewellery Design Awards website www.iojdaa.com.au

Awards Night

The Awards will be presented at the International Opal Jewellery Design Awards Gala Dinner on Friday or Saturday evening following the judging.

Lightning Ridge Opal & Gem Festival

The Awards are held during the Lightning Ridge Opal and Gem festival. Find out more about our

international gem and jewellery show.