Students Compete in Fourth Annual Diamond Cellar Design Contest

April 22nd, 2014 by Amanda Pierce
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Christine Hill, second from left, consults with students about their designs. Photo: Beth DuBoe

Five CCAD students are competing to have their jewelry designs fabricated and sold as a part of the fourth annual Diamond Cellar competition.

Open to all students taking intermediate and advanced metal-working classes, the competition required students to design a ring that a panel of leaders in the mainstream jewelry industry will judge for creativity, ease of manufacturing, and profit potential in the market.

“We are continuing to evolve the competition to engage and benefit the students in new ways,” said Christine Hill, the Diamond Cellar designer, CCAD adjunct instructor, and 1987 Fine Arts alumna who started the competition at CCAD in 2010. “I am pleased to be able to share the craft with a new generation of artists.”

Designs were due the week of April 14, and a winner will be chosen at the end of April. Judges will include Steven Lagos, Michael Bondanza, and Charles Krypell.

The winner will be awarded $1,200 to create the design, as well as the opportunity to work with the team at the Diamond Cellar throughout the creative process.

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Ring designs for the Diamond Cellar competition. Photo: Beth DuBoe

When the winning design is complete it will be introduced at the Diamond Cellar’s gala event in December alongside the designers that judged the competition, as well as their collections.

“[The competition] is an amazing opportunity to experience a very high level of exposure,” Hill said.

Participating students include Fashion Design senior La-Neka Richards, Fine Arts senior Zoey Dixon, Industrial Design seniors Yeji Hwang and Ji Young Won, and Fine Arts sophomore Bethany James.

“I think this year’s group of contestants, who come from a number of different disciplines at the college, have shown a great level of sophistication in their creations,” Hill said. “The Diamond Cellar is pleased to have the opportunity to introduce them to industry leaders that we work with.”

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Industrial Design senior Ji Young Won works on her design for the Diamond Cellar competition. Photo: Beth DuBoe

For Fashion Design senior La-Neka Richards, winning the competition would affirm her passion for jewelry design.

“It would be wonderful to get to work with some of the best jewelers to create a beautiful piece and to take one more step towards being a professional,” Richards said.

The Diamond Cellar was started in Columbus, OH, more than 65 years ago and is now one of the largest independent jewelry stores in the United States. The Diamond Cellar also has stores in Tulsa, OK, and Houston, TX.

Richards is from Canal Winchester, OH, and attended Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center; Dixon is from Columbus, OH, and attended Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center; Hwang is from Urbana, IL, and attended Langley Fine Arts School; Won is from Gyeonggi-Do, Korea, and attended Lynden Christian School; James is from Marion, OH, and attended Marion Harding High School.

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