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Gemesis, FIT Select Jewelry Design Winners

Apr 24, 2014 2:21 PM   By Gemesis
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Press Release: Gemesis – the world’s principal distributor of gem-quality lab-grown diamonds – today announced the winners of its recent jewelry design competition held in partnership with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

FIT jewelry design students were challenged to create “stylishly sustainable” engagement rings featuring Gemesis' own lab-grown diamonds. Final designs were evaluated by a panel of industry judges on the basis of originality, effectiveness of design and thematic interpretation. jewelry design

The judging panel, which included Leading Jewelers Guild Inc.'s merchandise manager, Stella Cimmarrusti, and Gemesis management, selected the first- and second-place winning designs. Gemesis also hosted a consumer voting component via its Facebook page, where fans voted for their favorite concept.

Final results are as follows:

·         First Place (pictured), Akanksha Gore: $2,000 Gemesis award; winning design to be featured and potentially produced and sold on

·         Second Place, So Hyun Ahn: $1,500 Gemesis award

·         Fan Favorite, Akanksha Gore: $1,000 Gemesis award

Gemesis added that its management was very impressed by the creativity and thoughtful interpretation of the stylishly sustainable theme and had been overwhelmed by the students’ talent and applaud all who submitted and, in particular, the selected designers.

“This competition has been a valuable hands-on learning experience for our students,” said FIT Jewelry Design chair Michael Coan. “The work they have done with Gemesis will serve them well as they continue their education and progress into the jewelry design industry.”

About Gemesis

Gemesis, a privately held organization headquartered in New York, is the world’s principal distributor of gem-quality lab-grown diamonds. Available in the purest type IIa colorless and rare fancy colors, these diamonds possess exceptional cut, color and clarity, as well as identical chemical, optical and physical characteristics of mined diamonds. Gemesis is able to offer consumers individually created diamonds of top quality, as certified by leading independent gemological institutes, at exceptional values. For additional information, please visit

About FIT

The Fashion Institute of Technology, a college of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for 70 years. With a curriculum that provides a singular blend of hands-on, practical experience, classroom study and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are affordable and relevant to today’s rapidly changing industries. Internationally renowned, FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college offers more than 45 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace. Visit .


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