2017 Annual Banquet & Design Competition

Saturday, May 6, 2017  •  5:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Oahu Country Club, 150 Country Club Road  •  Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

We are proud to celebrate our 68th Annual Banquet & Jewelry Design Competition with 40 entries this year from Kauai, Big Island, and Oahu! After many request and debate on the rules, Hawaii Jewelers Association have added another category to compete in; Jewelry Under $3,500, Jewelry $3,500 and Over, Hawaiian Theme Jewelry, and Estate Jewelry. All of these magnificent pieces were a sight to see in person! The designer of the piece with the overall highest total points is also awarded Designer of The Year.

To be considered by the judges, each entry must be an original piece and designed by an HJA member making use of only precious metals and genuine gem stones.  All pieces were evaluated on the overall design, marketability, practicality/wear-ability, and craftsmanship. This years  judges were Nadine Kam of Star Advertiser, Karl Nakamura of Iridium Jewelers, and Doug Hucker of American Gem Trade Association. Our 2017 winners were announced at the end of the night.

Attendees enjoyed food stations with wine pairings as we celebrate the artistry, craft skills, and innovative designs created by our local jewelry industry colleagues.

You may view all 40 design pieces by clicking the links below.

And the winners are……

 Carrie Nottage-Smith - Na Hoku


First place: “Horizon” pendant of lapis lazuli, diamonds and gold depicting a rising moon over a dark blue ocean by Carrie Nottage Smith, Na Hoku.  $2,450


Second place: “Da-Man” ring by Jane Chen, Opal Fields. An architectural white gold statement ring with a centerpiece of demantoid garnet and square brilliant yellow diamond. $3,495


Third place: “Nalu” (Wave) by Maui Divers design team. A circle of gold and micro pave- and bead-set diamonds captures the fluid movement of Waimea’s shore break. $2,995



People’s choice: “Horizon” by Carrie Nottage Smith, Na Hoku.



First place: “Green Flash,” awarded posthumously to Douglas Glenn, Douglas Glenn Fine Jewelry. A lariat necklace of gold highlighted by an electric-green tourmaline. $9,500


Second place: “La Grandeur” by Dona Wong, Keoni Collection. This necklace is highlighted by seven red Pacific coral gems in hinged pieces of diamond ribbons in 18-karat white and yellow gold. $22,000


Third place: “Convergence” by Carrie Nottage Smith, Na Hoku. Diamond cuff bracelet with an array of baguette and round diamonds that converge at the center to showcase two fancy yellow oval diamonds. $48,000


People’s choice: “Convergence” by Carrie Nottage Smith, Na Hoku




First place: “My Hawaii” by Dona Wong, Keoni Collection. Diamond Head and a landscape of coconut trees and ocean waves are rendered in 14-karat tri-color gold accented with diamonds. $3,400


Second place: “Mele O Pua Lei (Twinkle of Flowers)” by Wendell Singson, Honolulu Jewelry Co. An heirloom-style 18-karat ring with a scrolling, floral design enhanced by bezel-set diamonds. $3,995


Third place: “Flowers of the Islands” by Donna Shimazu, Na Hoku. Sculpted 14-karat yellow gold lei depicting the flowers of our major islands: Hawaii’s lehua, Maui’s lokelani, Lanai’s kauna‘o, Oahu’s ilima and Kauai’s mokihana. $6,500


People’s choice: “Whale Song” by Paul Williams, Antiques & Treasures. A freestanding sculpture pendant of gold and Australian opal depicting a humpback whale. $5,400




New category for 2017

People’s Choice: Hawaii Estate and Jewelry Buyers presented a rare art-deco platinum bracelet with 21 carats of unusual triangle step cut diamonds along with baguettes and old European round brilliants called “Widow Maker”.  $52,908

Hawaiian Themed Design Entries

Under $3,500 Design Entries

Over $3,500 Design Entries

Estate Jewelry Design Entries

Banquet evening photos