The Gemological Institute of America has announced the winners of the annual George A. Schuetz Jewelry Design Contest. Named in honor of men’s jewelry designer George Schuetz, this international competition recognizes the best original designs in men’s jewelry and accessories. It is hosted by GIA and open to all designers.
This year, first place was awarded to Yael Serfaty of Ashdod, Israel, for his cuff links of white gold, yellow gold, and diamonds. Serfaty will receive $500 and an etched crystal plaque.
Hirata Kiyoko of Ashiya Hyogo, Japan, won second place for a ring that features 18k white gold with yellow gold on the inside, diamonds, and blue sapphires. The piece is also suitable to be worn as a pendant. Kiyoko will receive an etched crystal plaque to recognize the achievement.
Third place went to Duck Woo Chun of Seoul for a matching tie bar and cuff link set in malachite, onyx, white gold, and white diamond melee. Chun will also receive a plaque.
The Schuetz contestants may submit one original color design rendering, and it must not have been previously exhibited or offered for sale.
Each entry is judged by an independent panel of industry experts, who evaluate it based on design, wearability, manufacturability, and appeal. This year, 104 entries were received from around the world. The entry period is from April 15 to June 15, with the winners named in August.