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


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/