2019 Metals Contest Winners and Finalists



Design Idea K11P Bracelet

"Oh my God, oh my God, O M G," exclaimed Judy when she found out she took Grand Gold in the 2019 jewelry-making contest featuring metals with a special bracelet. "My granddaughter, who's three, will love that!" Judy was ecstatic, "Wow, oh wow, just wow! Thank you so very much."

Enter a whimsical world of imagination when looking at Judy Larson's Mormor's Fairy Garden bracelet, inspired by the childlike wonder her granddaughter experiences when in her other grandmother's garden. From the moment the judges laid eyes on the piece, all were in love.

"The detail in this!" exclaimed Chris. "The more you look at it the more you see." Everyone took turns pointing out the amazing details. "Look at that with the mushrooms and dragonfly!" "Don't forget the gnome!" It was summed up best by lead jewelry designer, Esther: "It makes you happy because it's full of discoveries." Each of the links is unique and even the back of each is as brilliantly finished as the front.

"Exquisite." "Unbelievable." "The detail in this!" - Chris Freedman

Design Idea K11N Necklace

"I love organic-themed jewelry," said designer Barbara Briggs about her intriguing necklace Harvest. The judges obviously do, too! The necklace is not over the top or boastful in its intricacies, but the amount of techniques and attention to detail that went into its creation speaks volumes about its beauty. Each double-sided component is different, there are difficult soldering points, the layered enameling in the focal is breathtaking and such unusual terminators could not be overlooked. Not to mention, this piece is completely comfortable to wear.

"This intrigues me." "Unique." "Incredible." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea K12D Necklace

Filigree is king ... or rather empress. Empress Catherine by jewelry designer Marielle Teasdale was inspired by the Romanov collection and how filigree was used to create objects. "I was inspired by the empress Catherine jewelry to create a choker necklace entirely made of fine silver filigree." The result is truly an amazing piece. The granulation is incredible and detail on the filigree work is precise--not an easy feat! There was no doubt in any judge's mind this piece deserved recognition.

"An amazing piece." "This is art." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea K11Z Necklace

Design Idea K120 Necklace

Golden Ratio in Ruby and Venusian Green were two three-dimensional pendant necklace designs created by Mark Holt that caused all the judges to pause and thoroughly examine them. In his explanation of what inspired the pieces, Mark said, "It is my intent to blend science and fantasy into a singular aesthetic design to make something magical. I try to merge complex three-dimensional shapes with an other-worldly aesthetic." This was achieved in spades. The intricate pendants draw in your eyes with a look that appears as though they have both ancient and futuristic qualities, not to mention beautiful craftsmanship!

"That's amazing." "Wow." - Chris Freedman

Design Idea K11E Necklace

When Chris asked Stuart which piece he wanted to bestow with the President's Award, he walked right over to All Geared Up by Betty Neve. There was so much to look at. "I am always inspired by the intricate colours, sizes and shapes of cogs and gears so tried to incorporate these in my design," said Betty regarding what inspired her piece. The design certainly got the judges' gears going!

"Oh my!" "Ingenious" - Chris Freedman

Design Idea K11S Necklace

Jewelry designer Rachel Livingston wanted to create her own chainmaille weave and add glass beads that complemented the design. This distinct combination was beautifully achieved in Geometry of Elegance, a choker-style necklace with a graceful shape. The design capitalizes on the appeal of geometric shapes in jewelry while looking both fierce in its metal construction and feminine in its tapered silhouette.

"That's very pretty." "Fun." - Chris Freedman

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Gold Medal

Category Name View Winning Design
Grand Prize Gold Judy Larson Bracelet
Grand Prize Silver Barbara Briggs Necklace
Grand Prize Bronze Marielle Teasdale Necklace
Fashion Accessories Brandy Bruder Crown
Home Décor and Doll Sandra Melidones Suncatcher
Jewelry Design Set LeAlta Brummett Necklace and Earring Set
Small Fashion Accessories Sulie Girardi Ring Set

Silver Medal
Category Name View Winning Design
Bracelet ADNJewelry Bracelet
Fashion Accessories Rachel Livingston Capelet
Home Décor and Doll Sulie Girardi Home Décor Salt and Pepper Shakers
Jewelry as Art Ceri Matthews Necklace
Jewelry Design Set Guisselle Mora Necklace and Earring Set
Necklace Sheila Schwede Necklace
Small Fashion Accessories Marielle Teasdale Earrings

Bronze Medal
Category Name View Winning Design
Bracelet Aune Ueson Olsson Bracelet
Fashion Accessories (Tie) Donna Blommel Sweater Embellishment
Fashion Accessories (Tie) Marita Valdizan Brooch
Home Décor and Doll Sulie Girardi Home Décor Box
Jewelry as Art Jasmine Chan Necklace
Jewelry Design Set Zegna Aston Earring and Brooch Set
Necklace (Tie) Lyn Punkari Necklace
Necklace (Tie) Louise Shadonix Necklace
Small Fashion Accessories Lyn Punkari Brooch

Grand Prize Employee
  Name View Winning Design
  Mark Holt Necklace
  Mark Holt Necklace

President
  Name View Winning Design
  Betty Neve Necklace

Trendsetter Award
  Name View Winning Design
  Rachel Livingston Necklace

Honorable Mention
  Name View Winning Design
  Amanda Mizuno Necklace
  Susan Guy Necklace

Finalists
Anne Stokes Karen Suarez Natasha Downs
AnnMarie Fireman Marielle Teasdale Sandy Mikel
Georgia Papadakis Martha Skrifvars Shelby
Helen Crisman-Janssen Merilou Jenkins Tiffany Conley
Karath Russell    
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