TRADING UP: Jewelry design students at the Fashion Institute of Technology will be offered the chance to win real-world experience.

Scott Kay, the New York-based fine jewelry firm, has asked second-year FIT jewelry design students to create bridal jewelry suites in the brand’s aesthetic vein. FIT’s jewelry program is a two-year, associate degree curriculum.

The winner will win a $3,000 cash prize and a trip to the Las Vegas JCK jewelry trade show, where their design will be displayed. Scott Kay will meet with the winning student to negotiate a potential production agreement, and the suite will also be shown to retailers for consideration. Texas-based Bailey, Banks & Biddle has signed on a potential stockist for the collection.

The contest will extend through the spring 2017 semester. Its five finalists will attend a dinner event, where they will present their work to a panel of judges, which has yet to be decided.

“The design contest will allow FIT students to experience the realities of the jewelry industry, providing them a firsthand look into the total design process from first sketch to final conception. We hope students will be inspired by the artistry of Scott Kay and that the contest will encourage them to continue exploring their studies in jewelry design,” said Kelly Kahn, Scott Kay’s director of brand management.

The competitions second and third runners-up will win a $1,000 cash prize, with the fourth and fifth runner-ups slated to take home $500.

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