Hawaii Jeweler’s Association winners named

October 26th, 2011
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The Hawaii Jewelers Association has named its 2011 Jewelry Design Competition winners, with Mana Gunderson of Le Mana Perles taking Designer of the Year for “Symphony,” an 18-karat white gold pendant with a black pearl surrounded by diamonds, shown at left. “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, Le Mana 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

From left, Eli Saban’s “Orchid,” Denny Wong’s “Treasure Island,” and Jason Dow’s “Tattoo” ring.

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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, pictured at left.
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”


At left, Jane Chen’s “Paradise Whirlwind,” and third-place “Over $3,500″ and “People’s Choice” category winner, Bruce Bucky’s “Perfect Ten,” referring to the ring’s total diamond-carat weight.

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Hawaiian theme jewelry

First place: “Man in Polynesia,” by James Escibido, Royal Pacific Jewels — a sculpted silver fishhook pendant set with a black pearl, pictured at left.

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”


At left, Jane Chen’s “Fiery Cauldron,” and third-place “Hawaiian Theme” and “People’s Choice” category winner, Bruce Bucky’s “Hokule’a.”

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