Winner takes top two spots with one entry
Tena’s Fine Diamonds and Jewelry in Elberton, GA took two special awards in the Georgia Jewelers Association 2011 Jewelry Design Competition with one entry. Held during the group’s yearly Convention, the competition winners were announced at Sunday’s Member’s Luncheon.
Past winner Mikheil Kautengzhi of Tena’s in Elberton, Georgia took both the coveted Best of Show award and the People’s Choice award with a 14kt yellow & white gold carnelian, Chatham ruby, synthetic emerald, tsavorite garnet, and yellow diamond ring. His piece will be entered in the 2012 Torch Awards design competition hosted by the Atlanta Jewelry Show next February at the Cobb Galleria in Marietta, GA.
Other winners included:
Category 1A: 1st place - Mikheil Kautengzhi, Tena’s, 14kt yellow gold pearl, ruby, and turquoise earrings; 2nd place - Johnny Johnson, Edward-Johns Jewelers, Marietta, GA, sterling silver fish pendant with sapphire eye
Category 1B: Johnny Johnson, Edward-Johns, sterling silver cats eye rutilated quartz and yellow diamond pendant
Category 2: 1st place - Johnny Johnson, Edward-Johns, 14kt yellow gold rainbow hematite, sapphire, and diamond pendant, 2nd place - Jana Barry, Edward-Johns Jewelers, 14kt yellow gold spessartite garnet and diamond pendant
Category 3: first place - Mikheil Kautengzhi, Tena’s, platinum and 18kt yellow gold diamond and emerald ring; 2nd place – Paul Henriques, JWR Jewelers, Athens, GA, 14k white/yellow gold pink tourmaline, pink sapphire and diamond pendant.
Held this year during the Alabama and Georgia Jewelers Associations’ joint convention in Eufaula, AL judges for the event and members from both states had many fine pieces to choose from. Alabama hosted its own competition as well as a student competition from Mobile, AL based Bishop State College’s jewelry department.