"What an incredible surprise for me!"
Claudia's bracelet creation "Claws" combines her love for Swarovski crystals with her wild nature that includes travels on her vintage Yamaha motorcycle. While riding in the Black Forest in Germany she became fascinated by the shady forests and decided to use five sizes and five colors of Swarovski bicones that are graduated to form "Claws."
Svetlana Dubinsky's elegant silvery necklace and earring set symbolizes the tradition of a silver wedding anniversary. The celebration of 25 years lived together by two loving people is expressed in her Grand Prize Silver-Winning design.
Dana Merrit describes her creation as "vintage Hollywood glamour with a touch of imperial jewels."
Swarovski peridot faceted rivolis are presented in three strands of 12, 14 and 16mm sizes, in what Chris Freedman calls a "spectacular design that sings Swarovski."
This eye-catching motorcycle helmet made from Swarovski flat back crystal rhinestones captured the favor of the employee judges. Designer Sue Burgett says her practical inspiration came from wanting to be seen by other motorists.
Designer Rebecca Bechel shares her inspiration for naming her chandelier featuring Swarovski butterflies.
"I love butterflies and jewel tone colors. I also love the way you can 'paint' with beads. The design came together in my head fairly easily. The math behind it was a little more difficult. As I was adding the crystal fringe, it reminded me of a waterfall, hence the title of 'Butterfly Falls'."
The chandelier is built around two 7-inch brass hoops. The peyote band around the top is about 2-inches high and the crystal fringe adds another 8 inches in height. The entire chandelier is connected to a 3-inch brass hoop encased in Delica® and rocaille seed beads. The connecting cables are strung with crystals and entwined with beaded vines that are sprinkled with crystal butterflies and flowers.
Moruya comes from the "mherroyah," a word used by indigenous Australians to mean "home of the black swan." Designer Karen Rakoski describes her necklace and earring set in poetic terms:
"Dewdrops on flowers in the early morning add punctuation to a serene scene. They may not be the first thing noticed. There is the swan with all those flowers and vines after all. But the effect of the light, creating sparkle on the drops like the light reflecting off crystals, helps set the stage for the most memorable event."
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