Golden Is the Globe

The Gold Virtuosi 2002 International Jewelry Design Competition, the premier prize of the gold jewelry industry, bowed with a gala ceremony during the VicenzaOro 2 trade fair. The competition whittled down 5,098 designs from 52 nations into 34 winning pieces judged to be the best of the best examples of innovative gold jewelry design. Among the winners was American Yupadee Kobkul-Boonsiri, of Grunberger Jewelers in Stamford, Ct. Other American finalists in the competition included Robert Lee Morris, Maria Canale, Elizabeth Bucheit, and Alissa Frazer. This year's awards included a special Award of Excellence—for exceptional ingenuity and creativity—presented by Bvlgari to Kyong-Sun Moon of the Calgaro Group in Italy. The Gold Virtuosi competition, which is sponsored jointly by the World Gold Council and the Vicenza Jewelry Fair, featured a panel of judges representing the worlds

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