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Canadian craftsmanship honoured by CGA

The outstanding designs of four industry newcomers have been recognized by the Canadian Gemmological Association (CGA). Photo courtesy CGA
Samy Douma took top honours at the Canadian Gemmological Association’s (CGA’s) Emerging Artist Design Competition for his necklace, ‘Al Muharib.’
Photo courtesy CGA

The outstanding designs of four industry newcomers have been recognized by the Canadian Gemmological Association (CGA).

The group has announced three winners and one honourable mention for its fourth annual Emerging Artist Design Competition, which recognizes innovative and original creations from new designers across Canada.

“This is our fourth year celebrating this prestigious award and we are delighted to see the uniqueness in each submission,” says CGA president, Donna Hawrelko. “This really attests to the creative brilliance and passion of our Canadian students.”

Samy Douma, a graduate of Ècole de Joaillerie de Montréal, took top honours and a prize of $1000 for his necklace titled, ‘Al Muharib.’

Iris Lo received the second-place prize of $500 for her statement earrings, ‘Tang Sui,’ while Monique Huynh placed third and was awarded $250 for her necklace, ‘Land of The Lite Fairies.’

Finally, Lei (Yuna) Zhang received an honourable mention for her necklace, ‘Bamboo Reports Peace.’

“I want to congratulate our winners this year on a job well done,” Hawrelko says. “Design creation is all about bringing your inspiration to life, and the participants have done an outstanding job with that.”

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