The relatively new Rebel Chique subsidiary of Royal Asscher Diamond Co. exclusively makes man-made diamonds, which are physically, chemically, and optically identical to nature-made diamonds and are available in numerous colors, according to the company.
The aim of the contest was to attract international design talent to highlight the spirit and beauty of the stones, and to inspire appreciation of diamond jewelry among a younger demographic.
Designers from 11 countries submitted renderings, and six winning styles will be produced and available for purchase on the Rebel Chique website.
Judges included Royal Asscher U.S. president and designer Lita Asscher, designer Erica Courtney, idazzle.com blogger Monica Stephenson, designers Reena Ahluwalia and Gitta Vandenbroeck, and jewelry editor/creative director Talya Cousins.
Winners across the six categories are as follows:
Earring Category Winner: Bimal Koley of Dubai
Honorable Mention:?Sonam Shah of Mumbai
Necklace Category Winner: Georgina Teng of the Philippines
Honorable Mention:?Annie Fensterstock of the United States
Ring Category Winner: Amelia Rachim of Italy
Honorable Mention:?Remy Rotenier of the United States
Bracelet Category Winner: Annie Fensterstock of the United States
Honorable Mention:?Vijayshree Sovani of India
Menswear Category Winner: Georgina Teng of the Philippines
Honorable Mention:?Brenda Smith of the United States
Rebelwear Category Winner: Alison Nagasue of the United States
Honorable Mention:?Scott Cusson of the United States