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Georgia Jewelers Design Competition 2011


Winner takes top two spots with one entry

Tena’s Fine Diamonds and Jewelry in Elberton, GA took two special awards in the Georgia Jewelers Association 2011 Jewelry Design Competition with one entry. Held during the group’s yearly Convention, the competition winners were announced at Sunday’s Member’s Luncheon.

Mikheil Kautengzhi won Best of Show and People’s Choice with this design.
Past winner Mikheil Kautengzhi of Tena’s in Elberton, Georgia took both the coveted Best of Show award and the People’s Choice award with a 14kt yellow & white gold carnelian, Chatham ruby, synthetic emerald, tsavorite garnet, and yellow diamond ring. His piece will be entered in the 2012 Torch Awards design competition hosted by the Atlanta Jewelry Show next February at the Cobb Galleria in Marietta, GA.

Other winners included:

Category 1A: 1st place - Mikheil Kautengzhi, Tena’s, 14kt yellow gold pearl, ruby, and turquoise earrings; 2nd place - Johnny Johnson, Edward-Johns Jewelers, Marietta, GA, sterling silver fish pendant with sapphire eye

Category 1B: Johnny Johnson, Edward-Johns, sterling silver cats eye rutilated quartz and yellow diamond pendant

Category 2: 1st place - Johnny Johnson, Edward-Johns, 14kt yellow gold rainbow hematite, sapphire, and diamond pendant, 2nd place - Jana Barry, Edward-Johns Jewelers, 14kt yellow gold spessartite garnet and diamond pendant

Category 3: first place - Mikheil Kautengzhi, Tena’s, platinum and 18kt yellow gold diamond and emerald ring; 2nd placePaul Henriques, JWR Jewelers, Athens, GA, 14k white/yellow gold pink tourmaline, pink sapphire and diamond pendant.

Johnny Johnson’s Category 2 winning pendant.
Held this year during the Alabama and Georgia Jewelers Associations’ joint convention in Eufaula, AL judges for the event and members from both states had many fine pieces to choose from. Alabama hosted its own competition as well as a student competition from Mobile, AL based Bishop State College’s jewelry department.

Now is not too soon for Georgia based jewelers to begin design plans for their 2012 entries. The competition is open to all GJA member stores, their employees and affiliated students. Contact Judy Lince, GJA executive director at 770-424-7567 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and look for the announcement in coming months of the annual convention dates and location for 2012.