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PARIS — Prizewinners in the biennial Diamonds-International Awards event featured a wide spectrum of motifs, from cowboy spurs to stork-shaped scissors. Some also incorporated materials as unusual as the skin of a stingray.

The competition for original diamond designs, sponsored by DeBeers, drew 2,137 entrants from 41 countries.

The awards were handed out Jan. 20 at the Grand Hotel here. Thirty designers from 13 countries were honored, including four from the U.S.

“People want diamonds that are inventive, yet not complicated, and price doesn’t really matter,” said Henry Dunay, one of the U.S. winners.”There will always be people who make money and want special pieces, even in a recession.” Dunay, a New York designer who won for the fourth time, scored this year with a diamond-studded gold and enamel belt buckle.

Another U.S. award recipient, three-time winner Janis Savitt of design firm M+J Savitt, New York, showed a multi-strand necklace made of leather cords and diamonds set in platinum.

Miami-based designer Mark Silverman, who did the spurs, and Robin Garin Rotstein of New York, who entered a brooch made of yellow and white gold and diamonds, were the other U.S. winners.