New York City. Feb. 12, 2021. Three winning student designers of a new jewelry design competition, created in partnership by PGI USA and Pratt Institute, now have the opportunity to work with New York–based designer Paul Catania, of PCAT Custom, to produce their works.
A trio of female students in Pratt Institute’s Jewelry Design program took honors in the program, which was designed to introduce young talent to platinum and teach them about its unique qualities. Each student produced an original piece that was judged on originality, creativity, manufacturing viability and engineering, and commercial appeal. Requirements were that the piece could be made exclusively in platinum, with gemstones if desired. Judges included Pratt professors like Russel Jones and Patricia Madeja, among others, as well as industry voices Deirdre Featherstone of Featherstone Designs; Michelle Graff of National Jeweler; Marion Fasel of The Adventurine; Patricia Gumuchian of Gumuchian; Michael Pollak, former CEO and co-founder of Hyde Park Jewelers; and John Carter of Jack Lewis Jewelers, the immediate past president of the American Gem Society.
Finished jewels will be on display at the Pratt Design Show, slated for Spring 2021.
Winning designers are as follows.
First Place, Celine Dussaud
Second Place, Aditi Sabavala
Third Place, Maria Baquerizo
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