The 2011 Saul Bell Design Award will be presented at a gala dinner during JCK in Las Vegas June 4th. Leading up to the event we’re taking a look back at some of our previous prize winners.
Apichart Warrachart came to America from Thailand and found a freedom to follow the next possibility – and the next – and that has kept him here. This is Apichart’s beautiful, otherworldly piece from 2003.
Made with mother of pearl, Tahitian pearls, diamonds and 18KW gold, it’s a stunning piece that wowed the judges.
Our 2004 grand prize winner was Elizabeth Gualtieri with her amazing brooch “La Floraliere.” From the time she was a child, Elizabeth could “see” how parts could come together to make an elegant whole. Looking at an odd, misshapen pearl, she saw a feminine form that became the focal point of her creation.
Made with 22KY gold sheet and wire with gold and platinum wire work and granule details. The piece contains American river wing pearls, blue zircon, aquamarine briolette, blue sapphire, diamond, tsavorite garnet and Australian blue keshi pearl. Judges were impressed with Elizabeth’s design and incredible execution.
To learn more about the competition and see all the winning designs of the past ten years, please visit the Saul Bell Design Award Competition webpage.
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