The long-awaited winners!

Learn what pieces of jewelry have taken home top awards in the February 2019 Facet Design Challenge, ARCTIC TUNDRA

For the February 2019 Design Challenge, we were looking for jewelry inspired by the wintery landscape of the arctic tundra. Work was entered into the Challenge that incorporated the sharp edges of stones and the smoothness of an impenetrable frozen surface. Some pieces represent the sensation of solitude accompanying an expansive landscape, and some took a more playful route. We are so pleased to announce the four most stunning pieces submitted by you, our readers.  

Kozino Arctic princess

The winner of the February 2019 READER'S CHOICE AWARD is Anita Kozinko of Jeannette, Pennsylvania. 

Her piece, voted as the favorite by the readers of Facet Jewelry, is called ARCTIC PRINCESS.  

This stunning neckpiece was made with three-dimensional bead embroidery. It incorporates a wonderful assortment of materials, including fur, Swarovski crystals, vintage cup chain, vintage buttons, seed beads, and pearls.

Want to learn more about Anita's work? Visit her website, .

Davies Iceberg cocktail ring

Our next winner, Sheila Davies, comes from Flagstaff, Arizona. She sends us this glorious ICEBERG COCKTAIL RING. Sheila tells us these details about her piece:

"The agate piece reminds me of the photos of icebergs that show the layers.  The ring and setting are fabricated in sterling silver.  The backplate design was done with a texturing hammer.  The prong style setting was selected to make sure the details on sides of the stone could be seen. It measures 1.25" in diameter making it a fairly large ring."

 Visit Sheila's Instagram to see more of her work!

Vanetea The Iceberg

Creating a beaded bezel around a stone was a popular way to interpret this month's Design Challenge theme. Perhaps the best example of this style of work comes to us from Anca Vanetea of Houston, Texas. 

Anca's pendant, THE ICEBERG, begins with a Labradorite stone as its centerpiece. She then uses size 11 seed beads, transparent glass bicones, and gold-coated Czech beads to create the stunning bezel. The pendant is then strung on a necklace made from hollow tubular peyote. 

Anca displays her work on Facebook under the name AnGeGi Soutache. Check it out!

Barrese Ice Queen

April Barrese of Williams, Arizona, shared with us a very unique story behind her winning piece, a bead-embroidered cuff bracelet. She tells us:

"I was inspired by a combination of the snow storms outside, frozen water, and the book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. I used a wide variety of materials, including moonstone, Tibetian turquoise, vintage glass saucer beads, freshwater pearls, Swarovski Crystal's, fire-polished beads, Delica and Czech seed beads. That is all paired with a sinuous sterling clasp."

This all came together to create ICE QUEEN, the final winner of the February 2019 Facet Design Challenge. 


THANK YOU to all of the readers who entered this Challenge. The other pieces can be found here. Be sure to visit for further inspiration!

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