At a gala celebration dinner held on June 5 during JCK Las Vegas,
The 2010 competition challenged jewelry designers to push the boundaries of creativity as they created original and innovative pieces in any of six categories - Hollowware, Gold/Platinum, Silver/ArgentiumÂ® Silver, Metal Clay, Beads, and Enamel. Each designer chose any of six categories as the foundation of their piece and integrated additional stones or materials as they wished, provided that the predominant category material remained at least 75% of the finished, original design.
Grand Prize - $10,000
Description: â€śStepping Stoneâ€ť- Hand-raised completely by hammer using the Japanese technique of shibori, this hollowware form is made from a round Britannia silver sheet about 14 inches in diameter. The form takes the shape of a stepping stone, its endless spirals. It is inspired by the Tai Chi Chuan fundamentals the artist has practiced in both life and art for many years.
Michael and Maureen Banner of
Jason Dow of
Description: â€śMandala Keepsake Ringâ€ť- Inspired by the drawings of ancient Buddhist monks, this 18K yellow gold ring holds 150 channel-set round diamonds. It was cast in three separate pieces using CAD/CAM software, then finished and assembled. A screw mechanism was incorporated into the design, allowing the wearer to unscrew the top and keep personal, precious items inside.
Navanit Anvekar of
Robin Waynee of
Description: â€śRolling Tahitian Pearl Braceletâ€ť - This bracelet is completely hand-fabricated. The Tahitian pearls are pinned in their housing and spin as the piece is worn. Sterling silver and 18K gold form the links, which are set with diamonds and natural yellow sapphires.
Heather Bayless of
Metal Clay Winners:
Wendy Wallin Malinow of
Description: â€śSong and Eggsâ€ť- This PMC3â„˘ necklace is as varied as the woodland songbirds that inspired it. 12 hollow PMC3â„˘ bird heads are capped with gemstone eyes of tourmaline, citrine, garnet and peridot and are filled with nests, eggs and other natural wonders. The heads are strung with hollow-formed acorns, berries and pebbles, and all are enameled to look like their natural counterparts.
Angela Baduel - Crispin of
Renee Menard of
Description: â€śOctober 07â€ť- Inspired by the aftermath of the 2007
Pallavi Dudeja Foley,
William Brinker of
Description: â€śKaleidoscope Pendantâ€ť - Carrying a design the artist has refined over many years, this pendant consists of seamless fine silver tubing engraved on a straight line engine. The internal optics consist of sapphire, ruby, emerald, tourmaline and other gems suspended in a viscous liquid. The eyepiece was relief-carved with a repeating acanthus leaf motif, then cast in 18K gold.
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