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Students see their jewelry designs come to life in NC

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Ellis Jewelers conducts Future Jewelry Designer Contest

(CONCORD, N.C.) - Throughout the month of May, Concord, NC based Ellis Jewelers accepted submissions in its inaugural Future Jewelry Designer Contest. After numerous submissions and careful judging, Ellis picked two winners and presented both with their custom-made pieces of jewelry in a special ceremony on Friday, May 27 at Ellis Jewelers in downtown Concord.

Students were split into two separate age groups (elementary grades 3-5 and high school grades 9-12) and asked to submit an original ring or pendant design to Ellis Jewelers. The team at Ellis Jewelers judged each design, choosing one for each age group. From there the skilled jewelers at Ellis went to work hand-crafting the winning designs in gold, diamonds and other gemstones.

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Dan Levinson, owner of Ellis Jewelers, with Future Jewelry Designer Contest winners 4th grader Gracie Brown (wearing the pendant she designed) and 10th grader Michelle Mills (wearing the ring she designed).
Gracie Brown, a 4th Grader from Furr Elementary, received a custom-made owl pendant patterned after her own design, while Michelle Mills, a 10th Grader from Concord High, received a white gold diamond and emerald ring patterned after her design.

Between contributions to school programs and custom production of both pieces of jewelry, Ellis Jewelers committed over $5,000 to make the Future Jewelry Designer Contest a reality. Due to the overwhelming success of the contest, the team at Ellis Jewelers hopes to partner with local schools to make the Future Jewelry Designer Contest an annual event.

“This contest was developed to spark the creative spirit in our community’s children,” said Dan Levinson, owner of Ellis Jewelers. “Our entire team was thrilled to see the look on both Gracie and Michelle’s faces when we presented them with the jewelry that they designed.”

Ellis Jewelers made every effort to adhere to the student’s original design; however Ellis Jewelers reserved the right to modify the design, at the discretion and suggestion of their jeweler. Judging criteria included practicality of creating the piece, Ellis’ ability to create the piece as exactly as the child designed it without sacrificing the child’s intent, how usable/wearable the piece is and creativity of the design.

Ellis Jewelers has been a fixture in downtown Concord for over 50 years. From engagement and wedding rings to diamonds, precious stones, earrings, watches and pendants, Ellis Jewelers has an assortment of jewelry for any occasion. Ellis Jewelers specializes in personal service for each of its customers and takes pride in providing special moments in their customer’s lives.

For more information please visit www.EllisFineJewelers.com.

 
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