The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) announced the winners of the George A. Scheutz Jewelry Design Contest, which recognizes original men’s jewelry and accessories designs and is named in honor of late designer George A. Schuetz, Sr. Winners this year receive a crystal commemoration plaque and the first place winner was awarded $500. 

Karl Williams of Wellington, New Zealand, won first place with a ring design featuring a 1.50-carat center-cut diamond offset by eight 0.25-carat side diamonds and a platinum band with 18-karat yellow gold segments and rivets. 
Williams stated, “It is an absolute honor to take first place in such a prestigious international design competition. I believe the scope for design in men’s jewelry is extensive, and the Schuetz contest encourages designers to push creativity to the limit. I would like to thank GIA for sponsoring the contest, as it provides an incredible opportunity for designers to earn recognition for their work.”
Clarrie Yap of Pokfulam, Hong Kong, a GIA graduate gemologist, won second place for an intricate ring design of an urban landscape. Elena Lorenzi, a GIA accredited jewelry professional from Ventimiglia, Italy, won third place for a pendant made of white gold and onyx.
Robert Ackermann, a GIA jewelry design instructor who directed the competition, stated, “We’re proud to host the contest each year to celebrate the contributions Mr. Schuetz made to men’s jewelry design. GIA is committed to fostering individuals within the industry, and a large part of that is encouraging young designers to take creative risks and expand their horizons.

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