2018 Crystal Contest Winners and Finalists

Design Idea J920 Necklace

"No way ..." said Tatiana Van Iten when told of her grand gold placement. "That's beautiful! Thank you. Thank you. You made my day ... I still can not believe that!"

There were so many details in A Song of Ice and Fire (The Final Chapter) by Tatiana Van Iten that each judge could point out something new to the panel. All were impressed with the overall balance of the piece despite being such a statement and asymmetrical design--largely due to the striking icy flower and spike. It's "an engineering feat to get everything going the way it is," exclaimed one judge. The beautiful combination of techniques and expert craftsmanship were undeniable, earning the piece top prize.

"It's gorgeous. Tells such a story. Just wow ..." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea J91M Necklace

The absolutely beautiful and beautifully sentimental piece Genny by jewelry designer Viviana Mollicone is named after the artist's father, Gennaro. "This necklace in shades of blue is dedicated to my dad who is gone. The blue like his eyes and the sea he loved so much." The beachy color palette was perfectly executed with tons of tiny crystals stacked in various ways to refract light. We have no doubt Gennaro would have adored and sung praises of the captivating piece as much as our judges did.

"Isn't that pretty? Beautiful blending of color. So pretty." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea J917 Necklace

Inspiration comes from what is around us, and Midnight City was inspired by designer Ekaterina Uskova's love of looking out the window of planes. She explains how each night as thousands of lights turn on--streets, houses, skyscrapers, cars, roads--they take over in a beautiful display. She imagines this is how birds or those on a plane view the splendor below. The judges believed she perfectly captured this combination of dark and light while producing a completely wearable, sparkling piece.

"Mysterious. Beautifully done. Exquisite." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea J916 Necklace

Jewelry designers Michelle and Natalie Packard wanted a piece that grabbed the eye, and they nailed it! "We see the jewelry market moving toward music festival jewelry," Michelle said regarding their inspiration. "People want to stand out at music festivals." Coachella Inspired Festival Crystal Feather Necklace would certainly catch the festival sunlight as well as the nighttime light shows with the impressive amount of crystals packed into the huge pendant-style centerpiece.

"Fun! A kaleidoscope of color." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea J91K Necklace

The juxtaposition of order and chaos with pearls, crystals, chain and more creates an eye-catching necklace and epaulettes entitled Love is a Battlefield. Jewelry designer Sheila Christie says the inspiration for this spectacular piece is, "The rewarding and frustrating relationship between mothers and daughters." With a little bit of everything thrown in and unique connections to bring it all together, the piece caught the eye of judges and insisted it must receive an award.

"A lot of thought went into this piece. Unique." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea J91Q Necklace

Not all jewelry has to appear over the top to send a style message. This Chakra Opallios-Yin necklace by jewelry designer Karen Leslie is absolute proof. "I love the trendy zipper necklace craze," said Karen. The combination of natural rainbow effects from the opals was an exquisite choice to pair with the sparkling aquamarine crystals. The design takes a traditional Y-style design and elaborates on it to create something that is new, fresh and eye-catching.

"Unusual. Love the blend of colors." - Chris Freedman

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Gold Medal

Category Name View Winning Design
Grand Prize Gold Tatiana Van Iten Necklace
Bracelet Edwin Batres and Aurelio Castano Bracelet and Earring Set
Fashion Accessories IGN Design Ring
Home Décor Aurelio Castano Home Décor Pineapple Table Sculpture
Jewelry Design Set IGN Design Necklace and Earring Set
Jewelry is Art Tatiana Van Iten Necklace
Necklace Sonia Lidozzi Necklace

Silver Medal
Category Name View Winning Design
Grand Prize Silver Viviana Millicone Necklace
Bracelet Iryna Shlapakova Bracelet
Fashion Accessories Maria Grazia Vincenti Brooch
Home Décor Shawna Krall Home Décor Wall Art
Jewelry Design Set Rangashrii Santhanam Necklace and Earring Set
Jewelry is Art Jelena Kasevska Necklace
Necklace Viviana Millicone Necklace

Bronze Medal
Category Name View Winning Design
Grand Prize Bronze Ekaterina Uskova Necklace
Bracelet Keiko Wada Bracelet
Fashion Accessories (Tie) Diana Rose Chua Watch
Fashion Accessories (Tie) Yvette Renee Jones Earrings
Jewelry Design Set (Tie) Keiko Wada Necklace and Earring Set
Jewelry Design Set (Tie) Maggie Przybylski Necklace and Earring Set
Necklace (Tie) Edda Lucia Guastalla Necklace
Necklace (Tie) Erika L. Fischerkeller Necklace
Necklace (Tie) Iha Vahlberg Orre Necklace

Grand Prize Employee
Category Name View Winning Design
Necklace Michelle and Natalie Packard Necklace

Category Name View Winning Design
Necklace Sheila K. Christie Necklace

Trendsetter Award
Category Name View Winning Design
Necklace Karen Leslie Necklace

Honorable Mention
Category Name View Winning Design
Necklace Follipassioni Necklace

Anna Beresford Cathy Andrews Edda Lucia Guastalla
Edwin Batres Edwin Batres and Aurelio Castano KaoriNa
Karen Leslie Kristyn Brown Marina Garbo
Michelle and Natalie Packard Sheila K. Christie