The first place winner is Karl Williams of Wellington, New Zealand with his ring entry which was described by GIA as “bold” and “striking”. It features a 1.5 ct diamond as the center stone offset by eight 0.25ct ancillary diamonds set on platinum band with 18 karat yellow gold segments and rivets.
The George A. Schuetz Jewelry Design Contest, which recognizes the best original men’s jewelry and accessories designs, was established in 1973 and named in honor of the late men’s jewelry designer George A. Schuetz, Sr.
“It is an absolute honor to take first place in such a prestigious international design competition,” Williams said. “I believe the scope for design in men’s jewelry is extensive, and the Schuetz contest encourages designers to push creativity to the limit. I would like to thank GIA for sponsoring the contest, as it provides an incredible opportunity for designers to earn recognition for their work.”
Open to all designers, the Schuetz contest is judged by an independent panel of industry experts that evaluates each entry’s form, wearability, manufacturability and appeal. Winners receive a crystal plaque commemorating their achievement; the first place award winner also receives $500.
The second place award went to Clarrie Yap of Pokfulam, Hong Kong. Yap, who recently earned a GIA Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) diploma, was chosen for an intricate ring design that highlights the beauty of an urban landscape. Elena Lorenzi, a GIA Accredited Jewelry Professional (A.J.P.) from Ventimiglia, Italy, claimed the third place award with an elegant pendant made of white gold and onyx.
“We’re proud to host the contest each year to celebrate the contributions Mr. Schuetz made to men’s jewelry design,” said Robert Ackermann, a GIA jewelry design instructor who directed the 2010 competition. “GIA is committed to fostering individuals within the industry, and a large part of that is encouraging young designers to take creative risks and expand their horizons.”