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The Winners of ROAD TRIP

Where in the world would you like to go? We took a trip around the globe with the winners of our July and August Design Challenge!
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For this Facet Design Challenge, we asked you to hit the road with jewelry inspired by your travels! Maybe your travels took you to the beach, or a cabin in the mountains. Perhaps you went a little international, backpacking across Europe. Or maybe you had yourself a good old-fashioned staycation, daydreaming poolside or perched with a book on your favorite tree in your backyard! 

Whatever it was, we thought summer was a perfect time for ROAD TRIP. And, because summer is one long adventure, we made this one two months long, meaning TWO Reader's Choice Awards! Through July and August 2018, we saw it all: souvenirs to found objects to favorite snapshots from your camera, all was fair game. You incorporated materials such as seashells from walks on the beach, travel stamps from your cross-country voyage, and even vintage jewelry!

So, without further ado, here are the winners, and their travel stories, of ROAD TRIP.


We're taking a trip to the southern hemisphere for our first winner and our first READER'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER, Lisa Tornello, of Teaneck, NJ. 

Lisa tell us this about her piece:

This necklace of lines, dots and swirls frame an amazing boulder opal that I brought back from a trip to Australia. I chose to work in gold-fill & red brass for this piece to represented the colors of the outback and I finished it off with a tiny dangling kangaroo charm that I made!

Don't you just love the adorable kangaroo?!

The roof that inspired Marina's bracelet.

Our next winner comes from Marina Garbo.  

She tells us that her bracelet was inspired by a trip to Budapest she went on with her sister a few years ago. After visiting the National Archives of Hungary in Budapest, Marina decided to make this bracelet as a souvenir to remind her of this trip. If you look closely at the design of roof of the Archives, you can see how Marina so expertly captured the intricacy of this architecture in her bracelet.

The bracelet was constructed using peyote weave and Miyuki Delica Beads.

Check out Marina's Facebook page to see more of her work!





Our staff couldn't relate more to the inspiration behind Patti Diament's creation.

Patti of Newfields, NH explains:

After decades of cold and snowy New England winters, I took a road trip out to beautiful sun-baked Arizona. I truly fell in love with the endless golden sunshine and the incredible colors of the Grand Canyon. At the Tucson gem show I found the perfect Red Creek Jasper and Amazonite focal piece and matching shield cabochons. Using my current obsession with soutache embroidery, I combined the elements with additional Czech glass leaves and superduos to try to capture my vision of the spirit of the Southwest.

Living in Wisconsin, we can all agree that cold and snowy winters can be brutal and this one will definitely be on our minds this coming winter!


Tina Lurty of Frankfort, Ohio took us to the mountains for her piece! 

Inspired by her visits to Colorado, this necklace evokes the bright sky and beautiful snow-patched mountains. The eagle soaring overhead brings to mind an expansive landscape and truly being one with nature. 

Tina used a #8 turquoise for the mountain and surrounded it with sterling silver and fine silver using metalsmith techniques. 

To view more of Tina's work, visit her Etsy shop!


For our next winner, Linda Pratt, from Anderson, South Carolina, her creation took her on a journey to the past.  

Have you ever taken a peek inside your grandmother's jewelry box? You may find costume jewelry and treasures from a time long ago, and inspiration for a stunning piece of jewelry that just happens to have captivated us!

Every year, Linda takes a road trip home to visit her parents in Toledo, Ohio, which times perfectly with the annual Jewelry, Gem, and Mineral Show. Last year, Linda acquired the gold plated China pieces you see in her necklace. Those pieces, combined with her grandmother's vintage jewelry, make up her winning creation. 

She used seed beads and rhinestone chain, and a technique called Viking netting that Linda teaches at a bead store in Mauldin, South Carolina. 

Want to see more of Linda's work? You can find her on her Etsy, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook pages under the name Beadifuljewelry.


Last but certainly not least is Holly Kurzman of Occitanie, France, our second READER'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER. 

Holly's bracelet design was crafted following a recent trip to Lisbon, Portugal. The blue and white pattern you see is inspired by azulejos, traditional ceramic tiles that adorn many buildings and homes throughout the country.

It was made with 2-drop even count peyote stitch.

Simply stunning!

Well, that concludes our trip around the globe! 

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Bummed you didn't get a chance to participate this time around? Our September Design Challenge, CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE, is heating up! This is your opportunity to redeem yourself if you weren't great at math in school - or, if you were, a chance to get a leg up on the competition by strutting your geometric stuff!

Submit your photo today through September 26. Voting for the Reader's Choice Award opens on September 14th and you can vote for your favorites through midnight on September 30th!

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