Jackie Goetz gets top honors in titanium design competition

The winning entries for this year’s WTC Titanium Jewelry Design Competition were unveiled at the JCK Show ~ Las Vegas 2003 on May 30. The competition featured designs from around the world—from professional jewelers and design students.

Jackie Goetz of Stoughton, Wisc., claimed top honors and the “Outstanding Design in Titanium Award” with her entry, “Reflections of Motherhood,” a mother’s ring featuring anodized titanium and a 1.06 ct. aquamarine set over .11 ct. tsavorite garnet with accent diamonds. A flip of the head converts the ring into a pendent.

Other honors included a second place finish for Jesper Jensen of Jensen Jewelers, Alberta, Canada, with a titanium matrix ring titled “Thrill,” and a third place finish for Ron Thomas and Dave South of Logan, Utah, who created a titanium ring with a tension set and emerald-cut fluorite. Honorable mention went to Nanz Aalund of Seattle (student division) and Charles Bahringer of Milwaukee (professional division).

Spectore, a co-sponsor of the competition, presented a special “Titanium Innovative Artist” award for the most innovative use of titanium in a finished piece. The award, along with a $500 prize, went to Ariel Scornik of Scornik Creative Jewelry, Buenos Aires, Argentina, for his titanium bracelet entry titled “Prow to the East.”

Entries were judged for uniqueness, visual appeal, and for demonstrating the positive attributes of titanium in the design. Judges for the competition, included designers Jose Hess, Alan Revere and David Yurman; Ruth Fortunoff of Fortunoff, Amie Ritota of Finlay, Cindy Edelstein of Jewelers Resource Bureau, and Amy Kim-Araneo of Mikimoto; and jewelry trade editors Carrie Soucy of JCK, Lorraine DePasque of Lustre, Randi Molofsky of National Jeweler, and Lorraine O’Donnell of Professional Jeweler.