Hawaii, The Bejeweled State

Jewelry design could replace pineapples and tourism as Hawaiian claims to fame, thanks to the Hawaii Jewelers Association. HJA sponsors two design contests each year, at its spring and fall conventions, and the winners are magnificent each time. Here's a portfolio of some past winners: "Trapeze" earrings by Lucinda Tardiff of The Goldsmith's Gallery on Kapaa, Kauai, won first place in 1994's "Diamonds under $3,000" category. The 18k gold earrings have .50 ct. of tube-set diamonds swinging from a textured gold bale. "Intrusion" ring in 14k gold with fire opal, amethyst, citrine, iolite, garnet and princess-cut diamond mlŽe is by Anthony Tomihama of Dean Anthony Fine Jewelry, Honolulu. It took first in the "Colored Stone Jewelry under $3,000" category at the spring 1995 convention. "Anuenue" bracelet by Carrie Nottage Smith of the Rainbow Coll
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