First Winners of Inaugural Platinum Innovation Challenge Announced



Platinum Guild International announced its first group of winners of the Platinum Innovation Challenge at JCK Las Vegas.

Participants were judged in five separate categories, and their designs were evaluated according to originality, creativity, quality, wearability and innovation within the specified price category. The winners included the following designers, divided by contest category:

Entry Platinum Engagement Ring under $2,500 retail (semi-mounts)


Designs by Vatche: “Jennifer” platinum semi-mount engagement ring featuring diamonds around the head and shank (.40 ct. tw), $2,500 (suggested retail price)

Entry Platinum Wedding Bands under $1,500 retail (men’s or women’s)

True Knots: Platinum men’s 5mm platinum wedding band, $998 (suggested retail price)

Entry Platinum Fashion under $2,500 (pendants, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches, etc.)


Uneek: Platinum “snowflake” pendant with round diamonds (.30 ct. tw) on a platinum chain, $1,995 (suggested retail price)

Entry Platinum Color under $2,500 (bridal or fashion featuring colored gemstones)


Benchmark: Platinum men’s 8.5mm wedding band with pave set black diamonds wrapped around a satin-finish concave design, $2,200 (suggested retail price)

Platinum Fashion over $2,500 (pendants, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches, etc.)

Steven Kretchmer: Platinum “Mini Infinity” bracelet with 23 tension set diamonds, the most tension set stones in a single piece of jewelry single, $30,200 (suggested retail price)