Winners of Johnson Matthey 2012 Sustainable Design Awards Announced

Johnson Matthey NY announced the winners of its 2012 Sustainable Design Awards recently during a cocktail soiree held in New York City’s Kittichai restaurant. The affair showcased the talents of four emerging designers in two categories, Platinum Love and Palladium Expression, with designs manufactured in platinum and palladium.

In the Platinum Love category, winners are:

Charlie Herner of Green Lake Jewelry platinum ring

Charlie Herner of Green Lake Jewelry Works, Seattle, for his 78th & Cognac band inspired by architecture, featuring bead-set diamonds and textural contrasts created through stippling and sandblasting

Susan Suh platinum earrings

Susan Suh of Susan Suh LLC, New York City, for Petal Wings With Pavé earrings inspired by butterfly wings and stems of flowers, with diamonds

Winners in the Palladium Expression category include:

Jason Dow palladium ring

Jason Dow of Jason Dow Jewelry, Honolulu, for the Mandala Cuff bracelet with ancient Eastern motifs created through casting, laser welding, and back-set diamonds

Edit Simon palladium ring

Edit Simon of Edit Simon Jewelry, Vancouver, British Columbia, for his Petals ring set with a diamonds and a green-colored center stone and unique texturing on the metal’s surface

Winning pieces were judged on creativity, wearability, innovation, and manufacturability.

Andy Holwell, sales and marketing manager of JMNY, told the press that the competition, now in its second year, “ties in with Johnson Matthey’s global sustainability program” as the organization aims to help foster a vibrant future for “the two pure white metals, in the face of alternatives.”

Each winner received a prize package worth more than $30,000, including one troy ounce of free platinum or palladium, $500 cash from Johnson Matthey NY towards manufacturing pieces, a technical consultancy and free casting of designs from Carrera Casting Corp., professional photography from Rare Creative, a one-year artisan membership to MJSA, and online exposure from Platinum Guild International and Palladium Alliance International. Judges included Mark Danks of Johnson Mattehy, Jenny Luker of PGI, Chris Ploof of Palladium Alliance International, Bruce Pucciarello of Novell Design Studio, and more.