By Michelle Graff
Akanksha Gore, left, and So Hyun Ahn were the first and second place winners in a design contest that asked FIT students to create an engagement ring around a Gemesis lab-grown diamond.New York--Akanksha Gore and So Hyun Ahn are the winners of a jewelry design contest hosted by lab-grown diamond company Gemesis and the Fashion Institute of Technology that asked students to create renderings of “stylishly sustainable” engagement rings.

Gore is the first place and “fan favorite” for her design. She won $3,000 total from Gemesis ($2,000 for first place and $1,000 for fan favorite) and her design will be featured and potentially produced and sold on

Ahn came in second for her rendering and won $1,500 from Gemesis.

Designs that made it to the final round were evaluated by a panel of industry judges on originality, effectiveness of design and thematic interpretation.

Consumers visiting the Gemesis Facebook page chose the fan favorite, weighing in on the designs and voting one to the top.

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

Gemesis said it was impressed by the “creativity and thoughtful interpretation” of the contest’s theme. 

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