"Oh really? Oh my god! I'm shaking. Thank you! I can't believe it. This makes me so very happy that one of my dreams came true."
Apollinariya Koprivnik's enchanting necklace is called Andel. The judges were most impressed by the rich design, impressive technique and attention to detail. For Apollinariya, her design is quite romantic, a love dedication to Prague, the Czech Republic: "It is very special for me because it is where I met my husband. The city is always magical."
Chris enthused about Andel: "This is amazing ... very impressive."
A necklace from the Wearability category, Butterfly in the Night, from artist Marina Garbo was a very strong contender for the top prize. Chris and the judges were very impressed with the elegant design as well as Marina's technique.
Chris raved about Butterfly in the Night: "This is very memorable and original."
From the Jewelry Design Sets category, Dama Veneziana (Venetian Lady) by Francesca Lobbe brought some modern colors to the contest, inspired by the Venetian Carnival. "My design combines different type of laces (bobbin lace, crochet) to create a Victorian-style jewelry set."
Chris was quite taken by Dama Veneziana (Venetian Lady): "Very East Indian with all the mirrors. Each piece makes a heart."
Getting the special nod, a Finalist from the Necklace category, Garden Party by Betty Monzo charmed the judges. Betty explained, "These are flowers from my garden, but they never bloom at the same time, so this piece is my idea of seeing them together."
Chris agreed with Betty, "It is like a beautiful flower garden. Absolutely stunning and spectacular."
From the Home Decor and Doll category, The President's Award is given to the seed bead sculpture The Sentinel by Paula Singer. "I saw the rusted hawk in a store and I knew I could bring it to life with beads." Chris and the judges were impressed with the enormous amount of work and detail that went into this wall-mountable art.
"Amazing and unique. Very high quality, you can see the hand craftsmanship in the open wing."