Here Are the Winners of the INDESIGN Awards
(Gold Jewelry Category)

 

 

1ST PLACE (Gold Jewelry Category)

TAP By Todd Pownell

Pendant with textured 24K gold over 14K white gold. The entire piece is backed with 18K yellow gold and set with pin set mixed cascading inverted diamonds (3.44 TCW)

$10,940

A waterfall pouring out of the sun? Close. This piece is actually an abstraction of a sunset over water, says designer Todd Pownell. “It is a meditative piece attempting to capture that magical feeling of twilight in small-scale,” he says. And it is indeed magical, especially with the rich, textured 24K gold representing sunlight.

“I generally do not name series of work, but we could call this our Golden Sand Collection,” says Pownell. “The combination of varied karats and colors of gold combined with inverted pin-set diamonds represents our signature TAP style. These pieces are meant to convey the romantic poetic emotions we share of warm faraway places or treasure washed ashore.”

But what first attracts the eye of the viewer: the gold or the diamonds? According to Pownell, it’s the gold. “Once the gold pulls the eye in, it journeys down to the unique setting of the fully exposed inverted diamonds. They seamlessly float down to complete the wow factor for the viewer.”

WHAT THE JUDGES SAY

“Love the cascading diamonds and amazing yellow gold pendant! Definitely a winner!” – Marie-Helene Morrow

“Todd is a true innovator and sculptor of gold and diamonds. I saw it this weekend. It's an amazing piece of jewelry!” – Tara Silberberg

“Amazing artistry. I would love to know the inspiration behind this piece.” – Jenny Luker

“A breath of fresh air. A new approach to design and craftsmanship. I love this piece and everything Todd makes.” – Paul Schneider

“I can't get enough of Todd's work!  Love how one could interpret this particular necklace in a few ways. The textured gold makes it a winner.” – Danielle Miele

 
 

 

2ND PLACE
(Gold Jewelry Category)

Carolina Bucci

18K yellow gold with signature finish, achieved by beating each piece with a diamond tipped tool, which leaves permanent faceted dents in the gold

$10,920

WHAT THE JUDGES SAY

“Love the textural finish on this cuff. Would be so fun to wear! I want it!” – Tara Silberberg

“Understated elegance. The gold sparkles on this simple organic form. Very very classy.” – Paul Schneider

“Simple, sleek, divine.” – Danielle Miele

“This takes a classic cuff and turns it up a notch. The open design and finish is stunning while the high polish inside provides a great contrast and will feel great against the skin.” – Amanda Gizzi

 
 
 

3RD PLACE
(Gold Jewelry Category)

Buddha Mama

20K mesh bib necklace set with diamond pears (6.00 TCW)

$85,100

WHAT THE JUDGES SAY

“Aptly called a bib necklace because I AM DROOLING.” – Danielle Miele

“I really like the elements that make this up. Quite stunning.” – Tara Silberberg

“You could stare at this forever and admire the craftsmanship and intricate 3D design details.” – Amanda Gizzi

 

RETAILER’S CHOICE
(Gold Jewelry Category)

WYS Jewelry

Solstice fire burst pendant in 14K gold with brilliant diamonds (0.50 TCW)

$2,400

“You are my sunshine ...” -- Angie Buckareff, Gordons Gold Jewellers, London, Ontario