Professional Jeweler Archive: Titanium in the Spotlight

August 2002

Precious Metals/News

Titanium in the Spotlight

Inaugural International Titanium Jewelry Design Competition showcases versatility of the metal

The World Titanium Council presented five awards in its first fine jewelry design competition.The contest was designed to promote the super-strong, super-light metal as a jewelry product and call attention to the designers who are forging a new path in the use of titanium.

Judges were Jose Hess of Jose Hess Designs, Cindy Edelstein of the Jewelers Resource Bureau, Steven Kretchmer of Steven Kretchmer Designs, Ren Miller of Professional Jeweler, Alan Revere of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, Jeffrey Esposito of Nordstrom, Mark Seelig of QVC, David Perullo of Frederick Goldman and Carrie Soucy of JCK.

  • World Titanium Council, Deerfield Beach, FL; (954) 421-2310, fax (954) 421-2391,
First Place
Kelly Liddicoat
The Jewelers Workshop
Madison, WI; (608) 222-0023

“Circles of Strength” ring combines commercially pure titanium and 14k gold with a 10mm Tahitian cultured pearl, diamond, ruby and pink sapphires.

Second Place
Michael Oetting
Sterrett Fine Jewelers
Columbia, MO; (573) 443-8000

Titanium women’s ring features 14k gold inlay and tubes holding 2mm Chatham-created sapphires, all topped with a tension-set 5mm Chatham-created sapphire.

Third Place
Jodi Jaffe
Jodi Jaffe Designs
Toledo, OH; (419) 536-8755

A titanium pendant with vertical neoprene cord and band of white diamonds and one Neon Diamond™ is held by a neoprene cord that connects to a white gold chain set with diamonds.

Honorable Mention
Robert Chumney
Memphis, TN
(901) 522-1155

Thistle-handled titanium letter opener has a hand-engraved Celtic knot design. The design is on one side only so the opener lies flat on a desk.

Honorable Mention
Christopher Paro
Littleton, CO
(303) 806-8809

0.12 carat of diamonds sparkle in these titanium and 14k cuff links.

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