Design student wins top honors in titanium design competition

Walter Adler Chefitz, a design student from Manhattan Beach, Calif., captured top honors and the Outstanding Design in Titanium Award with his winning entry entitled “Infinity Ring.” The World Titanium Council sponsored the annual Titanium Jewelry Design Competition. The winning designs were unveiled during the JCK Show ~ Las Vegas.

The ring’s design features an ultra contemporary, almost “Escher-like” form that perfectly captures the inimitable, almost magical virtues of titanium. The strength of the titanium allowed the young designer to float a diamond above the finger in the most delicate of settings. A thin anodized edging of light golden brown color along the beveled interior of the shank emphasized the spiral infinity design. The elated Chefitz was on hand during show to receive his award, which included a custom designed trophy and an all expense paid trip to Las Vegas.

Other winners included Benita Edwards, of Adelaide, South Australia, with her anodized titanium necklace design titled “Joyful Harmony,” which featured layers of teardrop shaped titanium with bead-set diamonds and natural hot pink sapphires. Third place went to Pallavi Dudeja Foley, of Bangalore, India, who created a titanium necklace of colorful drops aptly titled “The Chameleon.”

Spectore Corp., co-sponsor for the event, presented a special TIA (Titanium Innovative Artist) award for the most innovative use of titanium in a finished piece. The award, along with a $500 prize, went to Kristi Carson Obenauf of Radcliff Kentucky, for her titanium fairy pin entry titled “Spread Your Wings and Fly.”

This year’s entries were judged for originality, artistic merit, and for demonstrating the positive attributes of titanium in the design. Entrants were allowed to submit either design drawings or fabricated pieces.

Judges for the 2004 event included publishers and editors from the jewelry industry and consumer fashion media publications as well as several elite jewelry designers, retailers, and consultants.