Winners of the May 2020 Design Challenge

Discover who the winners are this month! And get a sneak peek at upcoming Design Challenges. 


Wow! What outstanding images arrived for the May Design Challenge! We asked designers to submit photos of their jewelry that celebrated the unfolding of spring. Talented people entered, and stunning flora and fauna images arrived with flowers in full bloom, and birds and butterflies in glorious flight.


We aren’t sure if many people were able to celebrate May Day due to COVID-19 pandemic. I hope somewhere individuals danced around ribbon-clad maypoles, carried posies in paper cones, and ate fritters and Beltane cake. What I do know is that spring-themed jewelry is glorious.


While there were many engaging submissions, we were limited to only four winners. The Facet readers had a chance to vote for one READER’S CHOICE AWARD, while the Facet/Bead&Button editorial staff voted for three favorite pieces. In both cases, voting was blind, as submissions should not have names in the gallery material.


Thank you to all who participated in the May 2020 Design Challenge. We appreciate your hard work and creativity, and can't wait to see what you send us next month!  Until then, here are the May 2020 winners!



May Day Flower Garden Necklace

By Ella Brin of Ashdod, Israel



Our READER’S CHOICE AWARD WINNER for May is Ella Brin. Congratulations on your lovely beadwork! 


Ella Brin tells us that she currently lives in Ashdod, Israel. “I have been beading for approximately 11 years. Beading is my passion and my hobby.”


She created the elaborate garden necklace using Czech beads, leather, pearls, and pieces of stones. “When designing this specific piece, I was inspired by Claude Monet. I like and enjoy challenges; and in my creations,  I usually like to combine different materials and different techniques.”


We applaud your unique work! Find more from Ella Brin on Facebook.



Paddy’s Garden Necklace

By Neva Brown


Congrats to our WINNER Neva Brown of Leumeah Heights, Sydney, Australia. Neva submitted a vibrant flora-and-fauna necklace with a story that is just as colorful.


She tells us: “At the bottom of our garden lives a Leprechaun by the name of Paddy. Paddy loves to grow beautiful flowers in an abundance of colors. As you wander through the garden, your senses are heightened by the beauty that surrounds you. Paddy grows daisies, gerberas, jon quills, marigolds, roses, lavender, and poppies, just to name a few, and keeps a well maintained lawn, gently rolling down the hill, in its evergreen hues. Because of his colorful flowers, residing by the fence, among the many visitors, butterflies and ladybugs like to rest or hide amidst the leaves.”


She goes on to tell us: “Nature inspires me, with its beautiful colors and aromas. With the fluttering and chirping visitors that enjoy frolicking, from one flower to the next. I have tried to capture the essence of Paddy’s Garden in this necklace, using Miyuki and Toho seed beads with Swarovski rivoli, Czech flowers and rounds, and lampwork beetles.”


Find more gorgeous beading from Neva on Facebook or her Nifty Creations website.



Lily of the Valley Earrings

By Lisa Tornello


Congrats to our WINNER Lisa Tornello of Teaneck, New Jersey, who entered her lovely floral earrings. 


She tells us: “What better way to celebrate May, but with Lily-of-the-Valley. The May birth flower symbolizes motherhood, purity, and sweetness. This joyful symbolism means that it is very important to give someone you love a bunch on the first day of May. If you are lucky enough to be the recipient of such a gesture, myth says you will have a spring and summer filled with adventure and love!”


Made of fused Argentium silver wire, these light-weight earrings hang from French hooks and have a brushed satin finish. 



Visit Lisa Tornello’s website to see more of her exquisite, one-of-a-kind work and enjoy FREE SHIPPING for a limited time. 



Kingfisher Brooch

By Silvia Arcaini

Congrats to our WINNER Silvia Arcainiof Lecce, Italy, who submitted this lively soutache  brooch.


She tells us: “The Kingfisher brooch is made with soutache embroidery, hand cut and hand-painted wood for the kingfisher, and ghost cord. The brightly colored brooch is embellished with round seed beads, crystals, and semi-precious stones. This piece is a collaboration with a dear friend and fantastic artist named Rita Nardomarino

To see more of Silvia Arcaini’s one-of-a-kind work, view her Facebook and Etsy sites.


Congratulations to all of our winners! We are so thrilled each month to see the creative designs that our readers share with us. 


Join in the fun! There is still time to enter the current DESIGN CHALLENGE for June, MIDSUMMER’S EVE. Submissions will close for this challenge on the last day of the month. (Psst: The July Challenge will celebrate national honor with the theme: PATRIOTIC SALUTE.)




Want to leave a comment?

Only registered members of are allowed to leave comments. Registration is FREE and only takes a couple minutes.

Login or Register now.
Get awesome news, tips, & free stuff!