How It Works



The Process

Entries are due through our online form August 6 (extended to Monday, August 7) by 11:59am EST. Applications are not considered complete until the $99 processing fee has been paid. 


All entrants will be notified by August 10 whether or not they have been selected as finalists. All non-finalists may elect to attend the panel and networking only with RSVP. The processing fee is not refundable for any entrants, no exceptions. 


All finalists should arrive at THENEXTNOW's venue (Brand Assembly) at 3:30pm August 17. The set up will be minor (please remember it's more about the jewelry than the fixtures and that top global buyers have launched collections after seeing them laid out on table cloths or in shoe boxes). The judges will roam freely throughout the judging period and meet all of you casually.  


At 6pm on 8/17, we will have a short panel which will go over some of the trends in the designer jewelry industry today. 


Upon the conclusion of the panel, we will announce the winner.


From 6:30-7:30pm THENEXTNOW's judges, contestants, and industry friends will have the opportunity to mingle over drinks and light bites. 



Kelley Doherty - Jewelry Buyer, Bergdorf Goodman

Jennifer Gach - Senior Accessories Director, ELLE

Sharon Khazzam - Founder, Sharon Khazzam

Avani Patel - Founder, Trendseeder

Meaghan Flynn Petropoulous - Founder, For Future Reference

Joanne Teichman - Founder, Ylang 23

Wing Yau - Founder, WWAKE


Fall 2017 Prizes

Showcase and presentation to top global retailers by "For Future Reference" at Paris Fashion Week.

Presentation to and meeting with the Bergdorf Goodman Jewelry Buying Team.

Online presentation, presence, and promotion on Ylang 23's website with possibility for purchase order and long-term relationship. 

25 combined mentorship hours by various judges.

A one-year mentorship to TrendSeeder, valued at $1500.