Diamond Cellar Announces Winner of Jewelry Design Contest

May 10th, 2012 by Katlin McNally
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Weaver's final design for the ring

Junior Fine Arts major Carson Weaver was recently announced as the winner of the Diamond Cellar’s Jewelry Design Contest. Weaver will be given $1,000 to assist in creating the ring she designed and also the opportunity to offer her piece for sale at the Diamond Cellar’s 2012 Designer’s Gala in December.

This is the second year for the competition, which was created as a result of a longstanding relationship between CCAD and the Diamond Cellar.

Thirteen students from instructor Kelly Nye’s jewelry design course submitted ring designs to be judged by Diamond Cellar staff as well as internationally known jewelry designers Michael Bondanza, Steven Lagos, Charles Krypell and Christopher Slowinski.

Weaver discussing her ring with Hill

Before sending their designs off to the judges, students were able to consult with Christine Cooper Hill (CCAD 1987) during a class visit. Hill has been designing and handcrafting fine jewelry for more than 22 years and has had her own business, Christine Cooper Hill Jewelry/Cooper Hill Studio since 2007.

Hill looked over the student’s ring designs, offering advice on marketability, stone use, costs, and overall appeal.

Weaver’s ring will be fabricated using a wax casting process. The setting of the ring will be made of platinum, and the design includes Tahitian pearls and two single-cut round melee diamonds.

The Diamond Cellar will display Weaver’s final drawings at the 2012 CCAD Senior Fashion Show. They will also display work by the judges and Hill.

Diamond Cellar is one of several community clients that CCAD has recently provided significant creative services for, including Scott’s Miracle-Gro, Central Ohio Transit Authority, the Ohio Governor’s office, and Nationwide Insurance.



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2 Responses to “Diamond Cellar Announces Winner of Jewelry Design Contest”

  1. Sharon says:

    Beautiful design, simply yet elegant, congratulations. I see that the ring will be made of platinum, as an amateur jewelry designer I have always found platinum harder to work with compared to gold and silver due to it’s high melt properties.

    Do you have any suggestions or recommendations on finding a good platinum setting maker?

    Best Regards,
    Sharon Javier

  2. Jo Diamonds says:

    I watched one of these contests and I can’t imagine how difficult it would have been for them. The weaver’s rings sounds interesting, would love to see !