NICHE magazine announced today the 2012 winners of the annual NICHE Awards for innovation in design and fine craftsmanship by American and Canadian artists.

In the professional category, the jurors consider technical merit, creativity and marketability. In the student category, only creativity and technical merit are considered. The NICHE Award winners in the jewelry categories are:

Professional categories:

  • Jewelry: Fashion — Penelope Bracelet, Kathleen Nowak Tucci
  • Jewelry: Fine — Mizu Wave Ring, Andrea Williams
  • Jewelry: Gold with Stones — Cityscape, Lisa Hawthorne
  • Jewelry: Gold — Circus Circus, Pierre-Yves Paquette
  • Jewelry: Silver — Collar, Michael and Maureen Banner
  • Jewelry: Sculpture to Wear — Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Twist Looped and Linked, Yong Joo Kim
  • Jewelry: Silver with Stones — Le Mirage, Aleksandra Vali
  • Jewelry: Wedding — Cell Band Wedding Set, Emily Johnson

Student categories:

  • Jewelry: Fashion — Summer Dream, Leeyeon Yoo
  • Jewelry: Fine — Beautiful Coexistence, Hyangmi Kim
  • Jewelry: Sculpture to Wear — Garden of Eden Haircomb, Kristopher Leinen

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