Cancellation of the German Award for Jewellery and Precious Stones Idar-Oberstein 2020 and the German Young Talent Competition for Gemstone and Jewellery Design Idar-Oberstein 2020
The Federal Association of the Precious Stones and Diamond Industry, as the organizer of the two international competitions “German Award for Jewellery and Precious Stones Idar-Oberstein” and “German Young Talent Competition for Gemstone and Jewellery Design Idar-Oberstein”, decided with a unanimous decision of the 16 board members to suspend this year's competitions due to the Corona problem. “This decision was really not an easy one for us. “In our opinion, however, there is no alternative” emphasized the Chairman of the association Paul-Otto Caesar and the Managing Director Jörg Lindemann.
At the festive award ceremony in the city theater and afterwards the Winners Night in the Parkhotel, around 400 to 600 people come together in a comparatively tight space, which makes it so impossible to keep a requested distance in the days of Corona. In this respect, the association also has a special responsibility towards its guests and participants and we do not want to take any risks in this regard. Due to the Corona pandemic and the risks associated with travel, it would also not be possible to assemble an international, top-class jury in Idar-Oberstein, the first idea to replace it by a digital jury meeting would not be fair to those who participate.