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SJTA showcases winning entries from 2nd annual National Design Competition for Independent Jewelers

(ATLANTA) - Launched last year by the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA) to showcase and recognize the design talents of bench jewelers/designers across the country, the second annual Torch Awards competition was held during the Spring 2012 edition of the Atlanta Jewelry Show. The competition invited all state jewelers associations to submit winners of their own individual 2011 design contests to compete nationally during the Atlanta Jewelry Show where attending buyers voted on the

winning designs

The winners and their designs include:

People’s Choice Award

Mikheil Kautengzhi, Tena’s Fine Diamonds, Elberton, GA

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Mikheil’s Carnelian ring is crafted from 14kt. yellow and white gold with Chatham rubies, synthetic emeralds, tsavorite garnets and yellow diamonds.

First Place

Johnny Johnson, Edward John’s Jewelry, Marietta, GA

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Johnny’s free form Rainbow Hematite ladies’ pendant is made from 14kt. yellow and white gold with diamond and sapphire accents.

Second Place

Philip Flenniken, Bromberg & Co., Birmingham, AL

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Phillip’s pendant features a rich combination of 18 kt. gold, yellow sapphire and diamonds.

Third Place

Jonathan Smiddy, Kent’s Jewelry, Rolla, MO

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Jonathan’s parabolic ruby pendant brings together 14kt. yellow and white gold with diamond accents.

“We were pleased to host the second annual Torch Award competition at the Atlanta Jewelry Show. After receiving much positive feedback on the first edition we wanted to continue the tradition of showcasing talented designers within the independent jeweler industry. The Atlanta Jewelry Show is a great way to gain exposure for the national competition winners as well as the state associations,” explains Carol Young, executive director of the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association, producers/managers of the Atlanta Jewelry Show.

“The continued success and business growth of these independent jewelers, as well as state and regional associations, are at the heart of SJTA’s mission. We are excited to see the creative designs to come during next year’s 2013 Atlanta Jewelry Show, March 2-4.”

All state associations were invited to participate in the 2012 Torch Award competition. To be eligible, each entrant had to be a 2011 state level winner and current member of the respective state’s chapter, an employee of a chapter member, or a student enrolled at a state college or university and sponsored by a chapter’s retail member.

All entries were on display during the February 2012 Atlanta Jewelry Show and attending buyers were asked to vote on the winners based on skill in execution of design, technical merit of design, and wearability. Each entrant received rights-free, professional photography of their submitted piece that they are now able to use in their own promotional efforts.

Each Torch Award winning entry received a cash prize from SJTA in addition to an impressive crystal “Torch” trophy.

For more information on the March 2013 Torch Awards, its application process and submission deadlines, state association representatives can contact Judy Lince at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 404-634-3434 or 800-241-0399.

 

 
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