The winning entries for this year’s World Titanium Council (WTC) Titanium Jewelry Design Competition were unveiled at The JCK Show ~ Las Vegas in June. The annual event features designs from both professional jewelers and students of design. This year’s entries were judged on originality, artistic merit, and for demonstrating the positive attributes of titanium in the design. Entrants were allowed to submit either design drawings or fabricated pieces.
Walter Adler Chefitz, a design student from Manhattan Beach, Calif., captured top honors and the Outstanding Design in Titanium Award with his winning entry titled “Infinity Ring.” Other winners included Benita Edwards of Adelaide, South Australia, with her anodized titanium necklace design titled “Joyful Harmony.” Third place went to Pallavi Dudeja Foley of Bangalore, India, who created a titanium necklace of colorful drops titled “The Chameleon.” Spectore Corporation, co-sponsor of the event, presented a special TIA (Titanium Innovative Artist) award for the most innovative use of titanium in a finished piece. The award, along with a $500 prize, went to Kristi Carson Obenauf of Radcliff, Ky., for her titanium fairy pin entry titled “Spread Your Wings and Fly.”