Contests

GOLAY BUCHEL FêTES WINNERS IN BASEL The 14th annual Prix Golay Buchel, the top award for young Swiss goldsmiths, was presented during gala festivities at the 1998 World Watch, Clock and Jewellery Fair in Basel. The prizes were awarded for creations on the theme of “wedding and partner rings” and were presented to three fourth-year apprentice goldsmiths and two previous Prix Golay Buchel winners. First prize, CHF 6,000 (approximately $2,500), was presented to Shirley Viredaz, a student at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Geneva. Her entry was two spiral-shaped rings that can be wound together to form one ring. The woman’s ring is in yellow gold, the man’s is in gray rhodium-plated metal. The design calls for white gold or platinum, but the competition entry was made in plated base metal for cost containment. The ends of each spiral are set with mini diamonds. The second pr
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