2017 Crystal Contest Winner's and Finalists Announcement

Design Idea HA3K Necklace

"I am very happy for this wonderful news you gave me today, to receive your call today was very emotional for me."

Sonia Lidozzi's breathtaking necklace is titled Eve. The judges were wowed with her embroidery technique and how she arranged the various pieces into a cohesive presentation.

"Quite a piece with beautiful workmanship and use of techniques. I loved the organic feel." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea HA3S Necklace

Claudia Cattaneo, a perennial contender, won Grand Prize Silver with her Joanne Necklace. Claudia explains the inspiration for the design comes from the beautiful sea urchin given by Joanne Zammit, a Maltese artist noted for use of curls and marine elements in her jewelry.

"This is exquisitely done and so different. With masterful detailing and tatting she achieved a stunning gossamer effect." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea HA3P Necklace and Earrings

Svetlana Dubinsky's jewelry set Blooming Desert captured the sparkling spring growth with a delicate use of crystals.

"Lovely color combination. I enjoyed the fresh approach to flowers." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea HA37 Necklace

Snow Queen necklace by Guzialia Reed gave the judges lots to talk about with its multiple techniques such as right-angle weave, pleasing colors and especially how the crystal pendant was outlined with seed beads imitating the cut of the crystal.

"Very impressive, quite regal." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea HA3T Necklace

The President's Award was given to Liquid Gold, a necklace by Teressa Dyer. "With this piece, I tried to do something a little different than the bead embroidery pieces I have done the past 3 years. I wanted a statement piece that was simple elegance. I hope I achieved that goal."

"Gorgeous. I especially appreciated the embedded star shapes. Quite pretty." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea HA3G Necklace

Several judges exclaimed "Wow!" when they caught sight of Corrupted Angel by Polina Kuzemchik. Her design was given the Trendsetter Award for its different, edgy take on a bib-style necklace. Polina explains her inspiration: "My passion for video games sometimes feeds me ideas for my jewelry. Corrupted Angel was inspired by the game Diablo III. It illustrates a hero, somewhat in between an angel and a reaper, trapped, haunted, but still with some light on his wings and still protected by his glorious shield."

"Wow! This piece certainly deserves a special prize." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea HA3E Necklace

A new category for judging was added to this contest: Jewelry is Art. This prize was awarded to Forest Glade, a necklace-transformer by Jelena Kasevska, because the judges felt it worked well as a standalone piece of art. Jelena explained the inspiration behind her piece that consists of two separating parts and five brooches: "I was inspired to create a necklace summer walk in the woods. With the help of crystals and beads, I tried to convey the beauty of forest nature."

"This is totally amazing, it is truly a piece of artwork. I love the bugs, even the spiders, and the dragonfly is wonderful." - Chris Freedman

View All Winning Designs Here

Gold Medal

Category Name View Winning Design
Grand Prize Gold Sonia Lidozzi Necklace
Fashion Accessories KaoriNa Bracelet and Earring Set
Jewelry Design Set Selene Selleri Necklace, Bracelet and Earring Set
Necklace Sonia Lidozzi Necklace

Silver Medal
Category Name View Winning Design
Grand Prize Silver Claudia Cattaneo Necklace
Fashion Accessories Ceri Matthews Brooch
Jewelry Design Set Sharon Demaris Necklace and Earring Set
Necklace Claudia Cattaneo Necklace

Bronze Medal
Category Name View Winning Design
Grand Prize Bronze Svetlana Dubinsky Necklace and Earring Set
Fashion Accessories (Tie) Maiko Kage Felton Bracelet, Earring and Ring Set
Fashion Accessories (Tie) Susan Guy Earrings
Jewelry Design Set Svetlana Dubinsky Necklace and Earring Set
Necklace Tina Hauer Necklace

Grand Prize Employee
Category Name View Winning Design
Necklace Guzialia Reed Necklace

Category Name View Winning Design
Necklace Teressa Dyer Necklace

Trendsetter Award
Category Name View Winning Design
Necklace Polina Kuzemchik Necklace

Honorable Mention
Category Name View Winning Design
Necklace Jelena Kasevska Necklace and Brooch Set

Anita M. Russell Florewela Dela Cruz Cornelis Paola Consalvo
Cabe Abril Sandoval Heather Garrett Raynelle Paramonova
Caitlyn M. Iryna Shlapakova GLITZYstones and beads
Colleen Ireland Judit Littomericzky Sabrina Milardi
Iveta Pavlenko Kathleen Devine Sara Lynn Michener
Diana Rose Chua Keiko Wada Sugar Gay Isber
Diane Louise