2016 Gemstone and Glass Contest Winners and Finalists

Design Idea G75Z Necklace
It was apparent from the start: everyone loved Deborah Glasser's necklace Desert Morning. "When the dew is still present the sky becomes a canvas. Light and color display their best," said Deborah regarding inspiration for the piece. The design perfectly embodies this spectacular sight, but also has the ability to transcend its original theme to include the rising interest in Western-inspired jewelry, dangling fringe styles and--with the iridescent beads--even trends fascinated with mermaids. The design is big, but without being overwhelming or difficult to wear. In fact, this piece is as wearable as it is beautiful with its flowing strings of beads and fresh use of stones around the neck.

"Striking all the way around" "Bold, but elegant" "Love what she did with those stones" - Chris Freedman

Design Idea G76L Necklace and Bracelet Set
How could the judges not be immediately drawn to the gorgeous colors that comprise Keiko Wada's jewelry set Moonlight Garden? The palette creates an aura of mystery gilded with accents of bright gold and soft textures. It wasn't just the colors, though; it was the multiple techniques and expert execution of all of them which intrigued the judges. For being so elaborate, the design was surprisingly easy to wear and would effortlessly match nearly any ensemble you'd ever want to pair it with.

"Jumps right out at you" "Colors are gorgeous" "Incredible" - Chris Freedman

Design Idea G76C Necklace
Blush is a hue in every professional color forecast, and this monochromatic self-named necklace from Violeta Markova expertly displays why this is a must-use color. More than just the color, Violet impressed judges with the innovative use of Preciosa beads to create three-dimensional flowers and flowing textures with a few lone spike shapes for a touch of edge.

"Beautifully done" "Immensely wearable" "Unusual" - Chris Freedman

Design Idea G76V Necklace and Earring Set
There was just no way Warrior Goddess by Amanda Bielski-Wright was not going to receive an award. The design captivated all who saw it by telling a story through its use of gemstone, pearls and unique components. And, while there was a lot going on in the story, it was still told with clean lines and separation so your eyes could easily take in all the details and have a moment to admire the results all at the same time.

"Elaborate use of everything" "Imaginative" "Spectacular" - Chris Freedman

Design Idea G76A Necklace and Earring Set
Sometimes less is more, and Stuart's favorite piece perfectly displays this concept. Lois Ambrose's Mermaid Fairy has a unique structure that brings gemstone and pearl elements together in a way that could very well be a fantasy garden where such a creature would reside. The lines are clean and the piece put together well--plus, there are butterflies and we all know Stuart's penchant for butterflies. ;)

"Novel construction" "Clean" Chris Freedman

Design Idea G768 Necklace and Bracelet Set
Can't you just hear the relaxing sound of a babbling brook when you look at Patricia Parker's jewelry set Autumnal Equinox at Glen Onoko? The judges could and they loved it! The textures were perfectly employed and the cascading beads create implied movement for the viewers' eyes to travel along, ensuring they don't miss any impressive detail.

"This is pretty" "Tells a nice story" "Well done" - Chris Freedman

Design Idea G779 Necklace

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Gold Medal

Category Name View Winning Design
Grand Prize Gold Deborah Glasser Necklace
Fashion Accessories Tatjana Andre Hair Accessory and Earring Set
Home Decor and Doll Joanie Whitehead Treasure Box
Jewelry Design Set Amanda Bielski-Wright Necklace and Earring Set
Necklace Deborah Glasser Necklace
Wedding and Holiday Ezartesa Necklace

Silver Medal
Category Name View Winning Design
Grand Prize Silver Keiko Wada Necklace and Bracelet Set
Fashion Accessories Anita M. Russell Brooch and Earring Set
Home Decor and Doll Chris Nichols Bouquet
Jewelry Design Set (Tie) Keiko Wada Necklace and Bracelet Set
Jewelry Design Set (Tie) Patricia Parker Necklace and Bracelet Set
Necklace Pam Gordon Necklace
Wedding and Holiday Cassandra Wood Necklace

Bronze Medal
Category Name View Winning Design
Grand Prize Bronze Violeta Markova Necklace
Fashion Accessories Dina Wadi Wrap Bracelet
Home Decor and Doll Chris Nichols Tree Sculpture
Jewelry Design Set Pat Thompson Necklace, Bracelet and Earring Set
Necklace (Tie) Amy Johnson Necklace
Necklace (Tie) Violeta Markova Necklace
Wedding and Holiday Andreea Sarghe Necklace

Grand Prize Employee
Category Name View Winning Design
Jewelry Design Set Amanda Bielski-Wright Necklace and Earring Set

Category Name View Winning Design
Jewelry Design Set Jeani Ambrose Necklace and Earring Set

Trendsetter Award
Category Name View Winning Design
Necklace Heather Masters Necklace

Honorable Mention
Category Name View Winning Design
Jewelry Design Set (Tie) Patricia Parker Necklace and Bracelet Set

Amanda Senger Francesca Lobbe Kim Miraglia
Anita M. Russell Gay Isber Kimberley Hermann
Asuka Saito Heather Masters Lia Torres
Betty Neve Iha Vahlberg Orre Linda Lydon
Christina Glasell Ilana Joselowitz Neisha Warner
Claire Kern Inge Sager Sharon Daniel
Colleen Ireland Irene Kravtsova Sid Wood
Daniela Neumann Jeanette PazAlegretti Susan Sassoon
Dina Wadi Jeani Ambrose Terry Johnson
Dolly Joyce Katuari Whynn Liu
Donna Katherine Melton Yuki Anada
Emilie Pritchard Kathryn Bennett