September 12, 2006
GIA Announces Men's Design Competition Winners
The Gemological Institute of America announced that Gopal Roy, a jewelry designer from India, won first place in GIA's George A. Schuetz Design Competition for male jewelry designers.
Roy's entry consisted of two rings of white gold shank joined with yellow gold bars capped by bezel-set round diamonds. The center stone was an Asscher-cut ruby with two long diamond baguettes set on each side.
Roy received $500 and a circular-faceted trophy with his name etched in it.
The second-place winner was Minjung Oh of Seoul, Korea, with her ring and pendant design made of 18K white gold, onyx, melee diamonds, and black rubber. She is a recent graduate of GIA's Jewelry Design program.
The third-place winner was another GIA Korea graduate, Young-Im Jeon. She designed a white and yellow gold ring with lapis lazuli, onyx and melee diamonds.
Named for men's jewelry designer and entrepreneur George A. Schuetz, the competition recognizes the best original designs in men's jewelry and accessories. All entries were judged based on design, wearability, manufacturability and appeal by a panel of independent industry specialists.
"This year's competition was one of our largest yet," says Phillip Weeks, contest administrator and financial aid manager for GIA Education. "With 135 entries submitted from countries throughout the world, it is clear this contest has a strong international draw."