Excellence Honored At JA Show Excellence in jewelry design was the focus of many events held during the July Jewelers of America Show in New York. Robert Lee Morris, a well-known artisan in fashion circles but a relative newcomer to the fine jewelry industry, was the Grand Prize winner of the Platinum Passion Design Competition, sponsored by the Platinum Guild International USA. Morris’s entry was a reversible diamond, pearl, and platinum bib featuring his signature soft, organic round forms linked together with platinum wire. He and the other winners were fêted at a breakfast reception at the Millennium Broadway Hotel. PGI’s special President’s Award, for a piece selected by president Laurie Hudson, was presented to Heike Panitz of Franz Panitz OHG. Fifty other winners were chosen from three categories: Everyday Platinum, which included necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earri

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