2020 Metals Contest Winners and Finalists



Design Idea L239 Necklace

With fine and sterling silver, a lapidary cut cabochon and faceted gemstones, Daryl Adams created his Grand Prize Gold Medal winning design. It may be said that the success of the design could be attributed to its construction evolving out of love. Ula's Gift was inspired by Daryl's wife, who loved the coveted purple Mohave turquoise with mother-of-pearl in a bronze matrix. Adams said of the piece, "The iridescence of the pearl along with the earthiness of the turquoise [was] the perfect combination of heaven and the earthen sea ... As a final touch, the faceted ruby, which is my wife's birthstone, completes the piece ... Ula's Gift."

"Beautiful! Such intricate wirework." - Contest Judge

Design Idea L23E Necklace

Artist Barbara Briggs's Eat Your Vegetables is a design you'll want to bite into. With succulent colors and beautiful metal luster, Barbara was inspired by the spring season and lush abundance of deliciously fresh produce. Her fun and playful approach to her winning design is one of Barbara’s many talents. For over 30 years Barbara has perfected her artistry with fearless creativity and true passion for her work.

"Very clever. Wonderful enameling." - Contest Judge

Design Idea L23C Necklace

The Grand Bronze winner is a piece fit for an Egyptian deity. Cathe Campbell's Egyptian Goddess features a sultry plunging neckline that rests boldly upon the décolleté. The subtle movement of delicate antique plated brass chain, feather fringe and metallic iris seed beads work together in harmony with valiant focals to exhibit alluring, unwavering feminine power.

"Great for western-style." - Contest Judge

Design Idea L236 Bracelet

A sterling silver metal clay bracelet, Adventures in Paradise is a nostalgic journey through a beloved beach day. Inspired by many beach days discovering the many mysticisms of the sea, Judy Larson and her 4-year-old granddaughter created lasting memories of adventure in their very own paradise. The bracelets ability to invoke those same childhood memories in others is why it was awarded the Employees' Choice Award.

"Amazing! Mouth-dropping. Detail is mind-boggling." - Contest Judge

Design Idea L23G Necklace

Presented with the Trendsetter Award for blazing forward into the future of jewelry designs with modern technology, Amanda Mizuno utilized the 3D-printer to create a custom mold and texture tools. Her design Mystic Moons most notably features a moonstone cabochon and blue mystic topaz gemstones all in one stunning pendant. Mizuno was praised for her creativity and willingness to explore a new medium.

"Love the creativity of using 3-D modeling." - Contest Judge

Design Idea L238 Necklace

Winner of the President's Award, Debbie Benninger's fantastical design Dragon in Formal Wear brings the magic of fantasy into reality. Described as a truly amazing design that entranced the judges with its beauty, Benninger's design features a complex collar and necktie design comprised of scalemaille, wirework, Swarovski® crystals, lapis and labradorite cabochons, and more.

"Wowza! Over the top and so imaginative." - Contest Judge

View All Winning Designs Here

Category Name View Winning Design
Grand Prize Gold Daryl Adams Necklace
Grand Prize Silver Barbara Briggs Necklace
Grand Prize Bronze Cathe Campbell Necklace

Category Name View Winning Design
Metalsmithing LeAlta Brummett Necklace
Metal Clay Natasha Downs Necklace
Metal Component Use (Tie) Mark Holt Necklace
Metal Component Use (Tie) Mark Holt Necklace
Metal Component Use (Tie) Mark Holt Pendant
Wirework and Chainmaille Aune Ueson Olsson Bracelet

Category Name View Winning Design
Metalsmithing Sergiy Nagorny Necklace
Metal Clay Guisselle Mora Necklace
Wirework and Chainmaille (Tie) Marita Valdizan Brooch
Wirework and Chainmaille (Tie) Kay Vanderputten Wall Ornament

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  Judy Larson Bracelet

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  Debbie Benninger Necklace

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  Amanda Mizuno Necklace

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  Charise Leung Bracelet

  Name View Design
  Amanda Mizuno Necklace and Earring Set
  Betty Neve Bracelet
  Cyndi Salata Bracelet
  Kay Vanderputten Pendant
  Marita Valdizan Necklace
  Sergiy Nagorny Necklace
  Sergiy Nagorny Ring
  Zegna Aston Bracelet and Earring Set