Annamari Mikkola, was recognized as a finalist in the 2006 Saul Bell Design Award competition for jewelry design. Mikkola’s elegant necklace, “Nymphaea,” was constructed entirely of PMC® using custom stamps and cutters, created textures and hand-forming. Twenty-two 3mm round peridot beads, 12 4–5mm teardrop peridot beads and one 10mm round citrine cabochon were added to the piece as accents. Mikkola’s jewelry design was a finalist in the PMC category. Winning pieces may be viewed online at www.saulbellaward.com.
The 2006 competition challenged jewelry designers to push the boundaries of creativity as they created original and innovative pieces in any of five jewelry categories. Each designer chose one category as the foundation of their piece and integrated additional stones or materials as they wished, provided that the predominant material remained at least 75% of the finished, original design.
Annamari Mikkola’s chosen material, PMC®, represent a dramatic development in working with precious metals. PMC consists of microscopic particles of silver or gold suspended in an organic binder to create a pliable material with a consistency similar to that of modeling clay. PMC can be worked with fingers and simple tools to create a vast range of forms and surfaces that are unobtainable or laborious using traditional techniques. When it is heated to a high temperature, the binder burns away and the metal particles fuse to form solid pure silver or gold that can be sanded, soldered, colored and polished like conventional metals.