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Glorious Gold May 2018 hero

When you reach the end of the rainbow, what do you find waiting for you?

Arguably the most prized of all minerals, gold has been used in jewelry making dating back 5000 years. So we thought that it would be a perfect color to use as inspiration for the May 2018 Facet Design Challenge.

We did not expect anyone to break into Fort Knox for this one; gold tones, yellow stones, wire the color of a sunbeam, or shiny bronze bits and bobs were all in medal contention! Here are the winners of GLORIOUS GOLD. 

Gold Winner Pyrite
Primarily Pyrite (Fool's Gold)

At first glance, it doesn't seem that Diane Bowman's piece is really "gold," but isn't that what always happens with pyrite? Known as "fool's gold," this iron sulfide compound bears similar characteristics to real gold in its natural form, until you look more closely!

Diane, who hails from Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada, has used Pyrite cabs and beads, and has bead-embroidered them as components that she then joined/strung into a necklace.  

Check out Diane's Facebook page for a closer look at her work!

Gold Winner Slither
Slither and Shimmer bracelet

Our READER'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER for May was a favorite with the staff as well!

Kristina Jakubec of Lorain, Ohio, USA, used Kumihimo to create this bracelet. 

Supplies included gold C-LON Micro Bead Cord, Miyuki Long Magatama gold beads, a Snake Head Hook Clasp, and End Cap Hook, and E-6000 Multi-purpose Craft Glue.



Gold winner Sunshine
Circles of sunshine

Donna otero Jimenez of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, is the next winner of GLORIOUS GOLD. 

She used 11/0 seed beads, 6 mm round crystals, and  8lb Fireline to create this bracelet, perfect to wear in the hot desert sun!

Gold Winner TriptychAbundance
Triptych: Abundance

Since we had such an "abundance" of gorgeous jewelry submitted during May, we decided to add one more winner than usual: Ulla Edenmark of Edsbro, Sweden.

Ulla, a previous winner of the Facet Design Challenge, tells us this about her piece: 

An abundance of gold inspired by the gold leaf painting of the triptych style. The three panels which are foldable, depict three seasons - buds of spring, blossoms of summer and fruit and berries of fall. Embroidered with Swarovski, Miyuki, Toho and Czech beads and pearls.

Be sure to visit Ulla's Facebook page to learn more about her and her amazing artwork. 

Gold Winner Dragonfly
Gold Dragonfly earrings

Our final winner is Marina Passarella who sent us her image all the way from Milan, Italy!

She tells us that her pieces are Soutache earrings with Swarovski elements, crystals, rhinestone chain, seed beads and beautiful metal Dragonflies, all in gold and sand colors.


Congratulations to all of our winners!

Want to join in on the fun? The current Design Challenge theme, ROAD TRIP, is up and running, and because summer is long and hot (in the northern hemisphere anyways!) we're keeping this Challenge open for two months! You’ll have plenty of time during those lazy summer afternoons to catch a nap and also make something fabulous. 

The July/August Challenge runs until August 29, and voting for the Reader's Choice Award opens on August 1. You can vote for your favorite until Monday, September 3, and since the contest is twice as long, we'll award TWO Reader's Choice Awards! 

Submit your photo today!

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