Centurion 2009 has named three winners for its first Centurion Emerging Designer Awards. The competition was created to give up-and-coming designers around the world an opportunity to exhibit in front of top retail stores at the Centurion show in Tucson, Ariz., Jan. 31 – Feb. 4, 2009.
Entries were judged in early September by a panel of established and well-respected designers, including Barbara Heinrich, Bernd Munsteiner, George Sawyer, Michael Good, and Peter Schmid.
The judges chose three winners, based on a design balance of creativity, originality, production quality, craftsmanship, and the ability to sell in high-end stores.
The winners, Uwe Schlappner, Alexandra Hart, and Mark Maxwell, will make their fine jewelry trade show debut at the exclusive Centurion show in Tucson.
Uwe Schlappner of Biblis, Germany, offers new interpretations of classic styles and elements, including the “Space Pearls” and “Rock N’ Roll” collections. His collections retail between $1,000 and $20,000. His Earl & Countess ring (unisex), is made of a white gold with diamond fringe setting and inlay in glossy polished gold, full diamond pave and with engraved stones.
Alexandra Hart of San Diego creates one-of-a-kind and limited-edition jewelry in dramatic sculptural forms. Her collection retails between $400 and $10,000. Her “Golden Sunburst” necklace is hammer formed and fabricated 18k gold all around with hidden closure, linked with spring-tension for comfort and mobility, 12x12x1.5 inches.
Mark Maxwell of Vista, Calif., blends traditional goldsmith artistry with contemporary style and sophisticated manufacturing techniques, using Basse Taille style vitreous enamel. His collection retails between $1,000 and $25,000. A cluster of sweet cherries adorn this 18k yellow gold bracelet the natural ruby cabochons set in the custom double catch. Lilac Basse Taille style vitreous enamel with hand engraved texture adds depth and dimension.
The Centurion Emerging Designer Awards competition is open to all designers, regardless of experience, formal training or background in jewelry design, as long as they have never exhibited as a solo artist, have the ability to exhibit at a high-end trade show, and have the ability to supply top retail stores.