2005 Contemporary Design Group Jewelry Designer of the Year Celebrates 25 Years as Master Craftsman of Precious Metal Art; Hungarian Knight's Patented ''Shaped-Inlay'' Precious Metal Arts Cornerstone to Success

Fashion & Beauty
AUSTIN, Texas--()--Sept. 20, 2005--On the heels of winning the coveted industry honor of Contemporary Design Group Jewelry Designer of the Year 2005 during jewelry week in Las Vegas, Austin-based fine jewelry designer, artisan and master craftsman Sir Zoltan David II celebrates his 25th year anniversary of creating his world-famous precious metal art.

Embellished with his signature "shaped-inlay" patented design, Zoltan David works exclusively with platinum and high-carat gold. These exquisite designs pay homage to David's rich Hungarian heritage and the country's handsome and unique architecture. This rich influence and practical yet bold designs are the reason David continues to collect distinguished honors.

In 1994, he was the first designer in the history of the Jewelers of America Show to win both New Design Talent and New Designer of the Year Awards. David has won numerous AGTA Spectrum Awards and a variety of additional international honors and accolades. This latest honor, Designer of the Year, kicks off 25 years of unparalleled jewelry design for the craftsman.

"If there were a line of jewelry that could be characterized as couture, Zoltan David's is it," said Tim Taft, CEO of Pizza Inn (Nasdaq:PZZI) and loyal customer. "He is definitely the Versace of precious metal art because of his attention to design and detail and peerless approach to each jewelry design that he creates."

"There is a close connection between people and their jewelry," said Zoltan David. "So we treat these designs as something personal -- not a product."

The most sophisticated collector seeks out his designs with more of an interest in a unique, well-made product than following today's trends, David said.

"They are art lovers," said David. "I often tell clients that if you want the best from an artist, set him free."

In what some may find to be a fairytale twist, David was knighted in 1988 in honor of Sir Zoltan David I, his loving father and highly esteemed hero of the Hungarian Nation. The David family's history dates back to the reign of St. Stephen, and it is this cumulative past that is a dominant influence in Mr. David's character. The Hungarian Knighthood tradition spans 1000 years. Beginning with the reign of St. Stephen, Hungarian Kings have rewarded acts of valor with grants of nobility. The title of Knight is the highest secular honor and is accompanied by a code of chivalrous conduct.

Before settling in Austin, Texas, David worked in Laguna Beach, Calif., and Vancouver, Canada, where he first opened his studio in 1980. He had spent eight years prior receiving training as a fabricating goldsmith and diamond setter from Swiss and German master goldsmiths.

In addition to his studio in Austin, Texas, Zoltan David Precious Metal Art collections can be purchased at fine shops across the country and around the world.

Editor's Note: High-resolution photos of some of the most exquisite pieces of Zoltan David precious metal art as well as a photo of the 2005 Designer of the Year award are available upon request for editorial opportunities.

About Zoltan David Precious Metal Art- Zoltan David Precious Metal Art first opened their doors in 1980 and have been producing Inventive jewelry ever since. Inspired by Austro-Hungarian architecture, this Austin-based jewelry store produces unique creations carried by high-end stores across the nation and around the world. The store's owner, Zoltan David, has won multiple national and International industry design awards in his 25-year career. On August 27, 1988, Zoltan David was knighted in honor of Sir Zoltan David I, his loving father and highly esteemed hero of the Hungarian Nation. The David family's history dates back to the reign of St. Stephen and it is this cumulative past that is a dominant influence in Mr. David's character. The Hungarian Knighthood tradition spans 1000 years. Beginning with the reign of St. Stephen, Hungarian Kings have rewarded acts of valor with grants of nobility. The title of Knight is the highest form of secular honor and is accompanied by a code of chivalrous conduct. For more information, please visit us at www.zoltandavid.com.

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Michelle Smith, 214-523-9088
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MSI Media Management, New York
Leslie Short, 917-627-6974