Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mark Schneider - International Pearl Design Competition Winner!

Post by Patricia Syvrud

On November 5, 2013, the Cultured Pearl Association of America announced the winners of its International Pearl Design Competition.  Mark Schneider, a designer we featured in an earlier post won the 'President's Award',  "the highest honor awarded to a design that unanimously captivated judges as the best of the best." Congratulations to Mark on winning yet another award for one of his fabulous designs, we can't wait to see this piece in person!

We're sharing our first post about Mark, in case you missed it first time around.

One of my personal favorite American designers is the award-winning Mark Schneider, of Schneider Design Studio. Located in Long Beach, CA, Mark is one of the few living jewelry designers to have a piece on permanent display in the Smithsonian Institution's National Gem Collection. Mark's contemporary yet classic styling, fine craftsmanship and impeccable taste in fine colored gemstones says it all!

I LOVE this "Fantasy" tanzanite ring, set in platinum with a beautiful 8 ct. tanzanite and yellow and white diamonds in a cross-over design. The cross-over band is different, the cut of the tanzanite is different, using the yellow and white diamonds is different, and yet the piece is a timeless classic:

Patricia's Gem to Remember

Mark is a third generation jeweler who studied art and jewelry design in college. You can literally say that jewelry is in his DNA! He's known for his contemporary designs for both men and women and has won innumerable prestigious jewelry design awards. So many so, that he's now called upon to judge many competitions.
 Think how gorgeous these "bubble cut" citrine and diamond earrings set in 14k yellow gold would look with your summer tan.... The citrine gemstones equal 13.23 cts. total weight:
SIMPLY STUNNING and one of Christine's favorite pieces is this Award winning 18k yellow & white gold 'Tension' pendant featuring a 12.35ct rutilated quartz, carved by the incredibly talented Atelier Munsteiner. The center stone is accented with white and yellow diamonds and tiny, bullet shaped tsavorite garnets. Not only is it unique and drop dead gorgeous, but the modern cutting style of the rutilated quartz makes it truly a one-of-kind pendant:

Christine's Gem to Remember
These incredible agate earrings highlight nature at its best, simply and elegantly. Another one-of-a kind piece featuring natural agate slices totaling 23.09 cts. framed in 14k yellow gold and accented with black diamonds:
Mark's Bridal line is all floral femininity, soft swirls or classical styling, and can be made in 14K or 18K gold or platinum:

So many of Mark's pieces are award winners - for years he's won awards from JCK Jewelers Choice and AGTA Spectrum competitions, among others. Here's a selection of our favorite Mark Schneider award-winning designs.

'Molton' ring, in platinum, set with a 15 ct. shield shaped rubellite tourmaline, and yellow and white diamonds:
These gorgeous earrings are titled 'Switchback' - crafted in 18 K yellow and white gold, the green tourmaline center stones total over 5 cts in weight and are accented with yellow and white diamonds:

Mark frequently designs unique men's jewelry. Another award-winner is this gorgeous modified checkerboard cut spessartite garnet Gents Ring in 22K yellow gold, accented with green tsavorite garnets and white diamonds:

Below is his award winning 'Eclipse' bolo necktie accented with a 13.10 ct. trillion cut tanzanite, black and white cultured pearls, yellow and white diamonds, a bubble cut citrine and a black jade shield. For the Real Man in your life!

I love these unique award-winning fire opal rings. Set in platinum and accented with rose or yellow gold and natural colored diamonds, the glowing fire opal center stones are set off by tiny tsavorite green garnets:

The tourmaline pendant below is quintessential Mark Schneider, maybe that's why it's called the 'Quintessential' pendant! This piece can be made in 14K or 18K gold or platinum:

So, if you love pearls but don't want to look 'old world-y' and like you should be wearing 'sensible shoes', the 'Majestic' ring is for you. The acorn-shaped faceted cultured black pearl sits up and stands out in its crown-like platinum arms. Oh So Pretty:
If your girlfriend/soon-to-be-fiance wants something really special for her engagement ring, look no further. Named 'Royal Tanzanite', this award-winning design is crafted from engraved platinum, green tsavorite garnets, white diamonds with a to-die-for 5.56 ct center tanzanite gemstone:

Here's Mark's piece in the National Gem Collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The center stone is a fabulous 12.11 ct. tanzanite set in platinum, accented with diamonds, and the piece is even more outstanding in real life. Don't forget to go see it the next time you're in Washington, D.C.

We loved learning about what inspires Mark from the video below:

To see these pieces and more gorgeous Mark Schneider designs, please visit

Contact us if you're interested in purchasing any of the lovely jewelry you see!

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