What's outstanding about this piece, the judges agreed, is that Faria allows the gemstones to speak for themselves while her incredible skill shines through in the well-made details of this necklace. Chris was impressed by the spectacular use of carnelian with a touch of emerald between each bead--the color just couldn't be ignored. "It's gorgeous!" Chris exclaimed.
Faria was inspired by a love of color and the jewelry of the Mughal Empire. She wanted to incorporate delicate little emeralds with larger gemstones to create a bold piece with vibrant color contrast. The multi-strand necklace is brought together with seed bead and cabochon embroidered components.
This detailed necklace and earring set honors the Year of the Dragon with the mystique of yen components, a fearsome dragon focal and makes great use of gemstone donuts and beads. Magnificent yet still wearable, My Chinese Zodiac wows with eye-catching attention to detail.
With gently draping clear and black crystals, Rosiland's Midnight Illusion is an elegant collar necklace that hugs the neck and holds great glamour and mystery with its deceptively simple design. Rosiland excels at combining gemstones and crystals to create this piece.
This year's President's Award Enigma is incredible in the amount of skill and time put into creating the clutch, bracelet, earring, ring and statement necklace set. The craftsmanship in the seed bead design is very tight and professional, which contributes to the dramatic appeal of this truly enigmatic set.