''... oh. Oh! OH! Wow! Thank you! You just blew me away!''
Elizabeth Pattison's What You See features shards of mirrored glass framed in silver metal clay. This modern and innovative jewelry set uses light and reflection to add impact, catching the attention of the judging panel and of Chris herself.
Chris returned to this design again and again, saying, ''I've never seen such variety. Even the edges are gorgeous!''
The artistry of Michela Verani's Phoenix Rising is in its wealth of exquisite detail in silver metal clay: individually modeled feathers on each outstretched wing, the curving flow of the long tail and gleaming, iridescent pearls. The necklace closes with a custom made clasp of even more detailed feathers.
Chris ran a finger down the back of the phoenix, saying, ''Everybody loves a phoenix. A fire bird shouldn't be this cool.''
Amanda Bielski-Wright's Ancient Mexico is inspired by Mesoamerican images. Using Pebeo paints to recreate the look of colorful enameling and accented with turquoise and magnesite. The biggest surprise is how lightweight the entire set is, even though it draws inspiration from art carved in stone.
Chris kept returning to this brightly colored piece, saying, ''This is totally eye-catching.''
''Clever'' summed up the winner of the Employee's Choice: Ceri Matthew's Chasing the Sun. A winner from our Conceptual Jewelry category, this dragon-shaped design features a chainmaille body embellished with beads and wire scales, reaching around the neck of the wearer to grasp a wirework sun. We just couldn't stay away.
Keiko Wada's Flowers of the Mobius intricate wirework necklace was our President's Award winner, another from our Conceptual Jewelry category. The intertwining shapes use wire in a variety of shapes and weights, accentuated with beads, glass pearls, metal components and sparkling rhinestones. Our judges returned to this piece over and over again, trying to follow all the twists and turns in this design.