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 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2010 featuring Swarovski Crystal 

(Grants Pass, Oregon)--Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®, America's Favorite Beading and Jewelry Supply Company®, is happy to announce the winners of the 2010 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Jewelry-Making Contest featuring Swarovski crystal.

Congratulations to Irina Wilson, the Grand Prize Gold Medal Winner. Irina's prize-winning necklace titled "Paradise" was inspired by her own idea of paradise and entails a unique use of Swarovski rivolis fashioned together in a vibrantly colorful statement piece. Irina noted, "I imagined the design, planned it, and when I started to design it, it changed a lot. The beads know what to do better than I do!" Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' judges chose the spectacular Swarovski crystal necklace for its outstanding stitching techniques which are carried over to the back of the design, resulting in a truly professional piece of crystallized jewelry.

Second place winner Susan Terese McKechnie impressed the judges with "Amor Del Mar," her fantastic Swarovski crystal necklace that combines beautiful color choices, dimensional design techniques and a great use of products. Sharon Demaris took third place with her exquisite wedding creation "Queen Anne's Lace." A true Swarovski wedding design, the gorgeous necklace showcases elegant sparkling crystals and offers a big bling factor.

A first this year, the "Stuart's Choice Award" was presented to Danielle Petoukhoff, for her "Mystics Under the Sea" necklace. The uniquely elegant design captured Stuart's attention with its creative use of Accu-Flex® beading wire. Fire Mountain employees chose Melissa Grakowsky's captivating mask design as their favorite contest piece. Inspired by springtime, "Vernal Equinox Headdress" is a stunning piece of art combining Swarovski crystals and flowers created with Kato Polyclay™.

Acknowledged in the Honorable Mention category were Gay Isber's "Oh My I Love Killer Swarovski" necklace and Keiko Wada's "Still Night" design. Gay's crystallized jewelry design boasted an over-the top runway appeal with great wire wrap techniques and inclusion of raw elements, and Keiko's elegant Swarovski crystal necklace displayed rich quality, great use of multiple products and superior craftsmanship.

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads received entries from around the world for this product-themed contest. Design entries were required to feature at least 50% Swarovski crystal. A total of 28 medal winners were chosen from a group of 149 finalists. View the finalist and winning pieces in the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Gallery of Designs.

Winning Designer-Artists in Each Category
Gold Medal Winner
Silver Medal Winner
Bronze Medal Winner
Fashion Accessories
Home Décor and Doll
Jewelry Design Sets
Wedding Sets

Many of the winning pieces may be showcased in future Fire Mountain Gems and Beads catalogs and magazine advertisements.

Winners received gift certificates to Fire Mountain Gems and Beads in the following amounts:

Gold Grand Prize Winner: $1,000.00
Silver Grand Prize Winner: $750.00
Bronze Grand Prize Winner: $500.00

Gold Medal Category Winner: $100.00
Silver Medal Category Winner: $75.00
Bronze Medal Category Winner: $50.00

Thank you to all the talented designer-artists who participated in the 2010 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Jewelry-Making Contest Featuring Swarovski crystal.

The Gemstones Jewelry-Making Contest entry deadline is May 9, 2011. The Pearls, Organic Beads or Molding Clay Jewelry-Making Contest begins accepting entries on May 10, 2011. View contest guidelines and printable entry packets for both remaining Jewelry-Making Contests of 2011.

Known for exceptional customer service, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads has been the one-stop shop for jewelry-making wholesalers, retailers and designer-artists for over 38 years. The diverse product selection offers more than 116,000 hot jewelry-making supplies. Go online to get your free copy of the 448-page, full-color Jewelry Maker's Catalog and browse e-catalogs for the feel of the catalog with the ease of the web!

Products sold by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® are intended for experienced jewelry-makers and designer-artists;
children 14 years of age or younger should use these products with adult direction.

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