CARLSBAD, Calif.) – The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has announced the three winners of the annual George A. Schuetz Jewelry Design Contest. Named in honor of men’s jewelry designer George Schuetz, this international competition was established in 1973 to recognize the best original designs in men’s jewelry and accessories.
(The George A. Schuetz Contest is hosted by GIA and open to all designers. Phillip Weeks, GIA Manager, Office of Student Financial Assistance, who manages the program, said the contest attracted 102 entries this year. “Having coordinated this contest for 18 years, I have seen thousands of entries. It has become a special contest for new and established designers to be recognized for their innovative designs.”
First place went to Erik Stewart, G.G. of Tucson, Arizona for his cufflinks and ring set. The cufflinks are made of palladium 950 with 18k yellow cylinder accents set with padparadscha. The ring is set with an oval-cut 1.25 ct padparadscha in 18k with bezel, inner band of 18k is revealed through pierced outer 950 palladium band. Stewart will receive $500 and a crystal trophy.
Learning of his win, Stewart wrote, “I am ecstatic to receive first prize on the George A. Schuetz contest. I am so proud of this start in this industry and can’t wait to see what will come next.”
“The title of the design I submitted is ‘Phoenix,’ which I meant literally and metaphorically. The warm hues of the padparadscha sapphire and yellow gold infuse new life into the palladium shell as a wonderful color combination, and the use of negative space reveals and reflects one another.
“Gentlemen’s jewelry deserves worldwide expectations of fine design, true color, and exceptional workmanship. Thank you, to the Schuetz family and GIA, for this fantastic opportunity: it’s truly an honor.”
Second prize winner was Joana Miranda of Milwaukee, Wisconsin who designed a pair of men’s cufflinks in a yin and yang pattern. The cufflinks are made of palladium, 7.5 mm black and white Akoya pearls, bead-set melee diamonds and millegrain detailing. Miranda said, “Designing men’s jewelry is a wonderful challenge because it encourages me to redefine elegance from a masculine point of view. I’m grateful to the George A. Schuetz contest for providing this challenge and I’m especially delighted and honored to be recognized among the prize winners.”