(ATLANTA) - Launched by the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA) to showcase and recognize the design talents of bench jewelers/designers across the country, the third annual Torch Awards competition was held during the March 2013 edition of the Atlanta Jewelry Show. The competition invited all state jewelers associations to submit winners of their own individual 2012 design contests to compete nationally during the March Show where attending buyers voted on the winning designs
The winners and their designs include:
People’s Choice Award: Paul Henriques, JWR Jewelers, Athens, GA
Henriques’ free form opal butterfly pendant brings 14kt and palladium together with diamonds and golden orange sapphire for an elegant accent.
1st Place: Philip Flenniken, Bromberg’s, Birmingham, AL. Engagement ring crafted of platinum and 18 kt gold and featuring an oval cut diamond.
2nd Place: Chris Snowden, Snowden’s Jewelers, Wilmington, NC. This delightful design features a kite-shaped, concave cut lemon Citrine pendant adorned with bezel set diamonds in 14 kt gold.
3rd Place: Johnny Johnson, Edward Johns Jewelers, Marietta, GA. A sleek and stylish set of earrings featuring 14 kt gold, tourmaline, peridot and diamonds.
All state associations were invited to participate in the 2013 Torch Award competition. To be eligible, each entrant had to be a 2012 state level winner and current member of the respective state’s chapter, an owner or employee of a chapter member store, 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 March 2013 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 Torch Award winning entry received a trophy and cash prize from SJTA, as well as rights-free, professional photography of their submitted piece that they are now able to use in their own promotional efforts.