NEW YORK — Johnson Matthey NY (JMNY) announced the winners of its 2012 Sustainable Design Awards at Kittichai in New York.

This year the competition showcased the talents of four emerging designers in two categories, Platinum Love and Palladium Expression. The winning four designers are:

In the Platinum Love category: 

  • Charlie Herner of Green Lake Jewelry Works, Seattle, WA — 78th & Cognac is a masculine band inspired by architecture, featuring bead set diamonds, and textural contrasts created by stippling and sandblasting techniques.
  • Susan Suh of Susan Suh LLC, New York, NY — Petal Wings With Pavé, inspired by butterfly wings and stems of flowers, are remarkably light and elegant earrings, around 6 dwt each, with the sparkle of pave diamonds.

In the Palladium Expression category:

  • Jason Dow of Jason Dow Jewelry, Honolulu, HI  —Mandala Cuff is a substantial yet light, wearable piece, featuring ancient eastern motif, made possible by innovative use of casting, laser welding and back-set diamond setting.
  • Edit Simon of Edit Simon Jewelry, Vancouver, BC — Petals is a multi-faceted piece which enhances the depth, shine and color of a stunning center stone, palladium being used to show the metal’s ability to create texture.

The four winners were selected from scores of entries in each category, and each design was judged on creativity, wearability, innovation and manufacturability. Andy Holwell, Sales & Marketing Manager, JMNY said “the contest aimed to give a helping hand to four emerging designers, to get started in their chosen metal, and we’re delighted that four stunning and unique pieces emerged from tough competition, from four very deserving designers.”


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