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Winners of the January 2019 Design Challenge

Check out the stunning work submitted to this month's Challenge!
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In January, we asked out readership to take a vacation from the swirl of winter frost and chill and to embrace their tropical side! We were looking for jewelry that was bold with your color palettes, yet soft with your textures. We asked you to be sultry and saucy with your designs, and allow them to come to life. Tropical colors, glossy stones, silky fabric, and textured creations: that was the goal of the Facet Design Challenge THE TROPICS. 

We're s pleased to share the winners of this Challenge, beginning with our READER'S CHOICE AWARD. 

Ferrari Tropical Sea Glass
Tropical Sea Glass
Who doesn't love a tropical beach? Apparently our readers agree with this sentiment, as they awarded this bracelet the big prize!

In this bead embroidery bracelet design, designer Janice Ferrari of Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, used sea glass as her inspiration for the colors of the ocean. It takes 7-10 years to create sea glass from repetitive surf environment. 

Sea glass is the feature of this design, which also incorporates seed beads in various sizes, rondelles, a nautilus seashell bead, various gemstones, delicas, and metal embellishments on each end to enhance the clasp.
Higgins One in One Thousand
One in One Thousand: Life on the Great Barrier Reef

Did you know that only one in every 1000 sea turtles survives to maturity in the oceans around Australia?

Design Challenge winner Talone Higgins has a from-row seat to the flora and fauna of the Reef from her home in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. 

This design of this bead-embroidered pendant includes a peyote-with-a-twist rope, a peyote bail, and fringe. It celebrates these fascinating sea creatures. 

Smith Dreaming of Coral Seas
Dreaming of coral seas
During a month that many parts of the country experienced record cold temperatures and snowfalls, it's easy to see why someone would be dreaming of another rime in a tropical destination!

Our next Design Challenge winner, Michelle Smith, hails from San Diego, California, so she doesn't have piles of snow to use as an excuse. But her necklace, made using 8/0, 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads, captures our dreams nonetheless!
Adams Caribbean Queen
Caribbean Queen
Our next Challenge winner, Daryl Adams, created this stunning blue-green Shattuckite Heart Pendant Necklace. It also contains a faceted Swiss Blue Topaz, and was constructed using both Sterling silver and .999 fine silver.

This piece incorporates both silversmithing and wire weaving techniques. To see more of the work of Daryl Adams, who hails from Azle, Texas, visit the website

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Want to join in the fun? The March Facet Design Challenge, MAKE YOUR OWN BEADS, began on March 1, and submissions are welcome until Friday, March 29! Check out the details here, and share your photo today!

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