2011, October 26 – HJA Award Winners

Hawaii Jewelers Association honors contest winners

OCT. 26, 2011 |

HONOLULU PULSE STAFF / honolulupulse@staradvertiser.com

The Hawaii Jewelers Association has named its 2011 Jewelry Design Competition winners, with Mana Gunderson of Lamana Perles taking Designer of the Year for “Symphony,” an 18-karat white gold pendant with a black pearl surrounded by diamonds. “Symphony” also placed first in the “Jewelry under $3,500” category.

Here are the winners:

Jewelry Under $3,500

» First Place: “Symphony,” by Mana Gunderson, Lamana Perles
» Second Place: “Orchid,” by Eli Saban, JES Jewelry — a slide pendant sculpted in green, pink and white gold and a half-carat diamond
» Third Place: “Treasure Island,” by Denny Wong, Denny Wong Designs — quartz, turquoise and 18-karat gold dangle earrings
» People’s Choice: “Tattoo” ring by Jason Dow, Jason Dow Inc. — an 18-karat gold filigree, pink sapphire, diamond and blue moonstone ring inspired by Hawaiian tattoos

Jewelry Over $3,500

» First Place: “I Can Hear You,” by Kimberley Wheeler, Opal Fields — clip earrings of 18-karat white and yellow gold, black opals and diamonds
» Second Place:“Paradise Whirlwind,” by Jane Chen, Opal Fields — a pendant of white and yellow gold with a double-sided Lightning Ridge black opal
» Third Place: “Perfect Ten,” by Bruce Bucky, Hildgund Jewelers — an 18-karat white gold engagement ring with a five-carat diamond surrounded by five carats of princess and round diamonds
» People’s Choice: “Perfect Ten”

Hawaiian Theme Jewelry

» First Place: “Man in Polynesia,” by James Escibido, Royal Pacific Jewels — a sculpted silver fishhook pendant set with a black pearl
» Second Place: “Fiery Cauldron,” by Jane Chen, Opal Fields — an 18-karat gold men’s ring with a black opal rimmed with diamonds
» Third Place: “Hokule‘a,” by Bruce Bucky, Hildgund Jewelers — an 18-karat gold brooch/pendant with carved drusy onyx and a solitaire diamond
» People’s Choice: “Hokule‘a”