Jewelry artist Leila Tai was honored by the American Jewelry Design Council as the Grand Prize winner of its 2009 New Talent Award at a ceremony on Monday, July 27 at the JA New York Summer Show in the Javits Convention Center.

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Petals Ring

The AJDC is the non-profit educational corporation that recognizes and promotes the understanding of original jewelry designs as art. The annual award is based on the originality, craftsmanship, innovation, marketability and cohesiveness of design.

As Grand Prize winner, Ms. Tai had an all-expense-paid booth at the show and was presented with a trophy made by AJDC member Michael Good. Ms. Tai will also receive professional support from members of the AJDC on making the step to larger markets.

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“Leila Tai is not a new designer in our industry but she is certainly one of the most talented, and the Council is proud to recognize her extraordinary work this year,” said Alan Revere, an AJDC member.

“Jewelry as art has been a lifetime passion for me,” said Ms. Tai “I am so thrilled to be chosen by AJDC and its extraordinary members, who have done so much to support and inspire creativity and artistry in fine jewelry.”