Calgary’s Llyn Strelau first North American jewellery designer to win at prestigious German competition

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Calgary jeweller Llyn L. Strelau of Jewels by Design is the first North American jewellery designer to win at the 45th German Jewelry and Gemstone Prize competition held in Idar-Oberstein, Germany.

Strelau’s neckpiece “The Other Side of the Moon” was named work of the year by a unanimous jury vote. The award is sponsored by The Federal Association of the Precious Stones and Diamond Industry.

To appeal to the theme of ‘moonlight’ for the competition, created a reversible interCHANGE © clasp/pendant made of white gold featuring back-to-back crescent moons carved in agate with a partial druzy quartz crystal surface. He accented the white carving with one pear-shape diamond while the black carving features a round brownish-grey diamond. The pendant is set on two linked multi-strand white gold chains, one of them electroplated with contrasting black ruthenium.

The jury of the competition released the following statement: “A grand achievement! There is no doubt that this work deserves first prize.” CJ

Read more in the April/May 2015 issue of Canadian Jeweller Magazine/

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