(NEW YORK) – Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, held its annual national retailer design competition at the JA New York Winter Show, January 18-20. The CASE Awards recognizes JA Retail Members who exhibit creativity, artistry, style and excellence in jewelry design. Many of the winning pieces of the 2015 CASE Awards were hand fabricated with intricate designs that reflected current trends such as mixed metals, nature-themed elements and fancy cut stones.
Winners were selected out of 54 entries from JA Retail Members for five categories: Jewelry up to $2000, $2001-$5000, $5001-$10000, Over $10,000 (retail values) and Buyers’ Choice.
“Each year, Jewelers of America uses the CASE Awards retail design competition to shine a national spotlight on the craft and creativity of independent jewelers,” says JA President & CEO David J. Bonaparte. “The jewelry entered into the CASE Awards highlights the fine craftsmanship that consumers can find in Jewelers of America-member stores nationwide.”
The winners were determined by a judging panel of industry experts who judged the entries in a specific area of concentration. Voting in the category of Buyers’ Choice was open to all JA New York attendees with a separate ballot. CASE Award winners receive a trophy from JA.
The 2015 CASE Awards were sponsored by Synchrony Financial and Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company. The CASE Awards is open only to JA Retail Members and their employees. For more information about the competition and to view the Winner’s Photo Gallery, visit www.jewelers.org/caseawards or contact Jewelers of America’s Member Services at 800-223-0673.
Photos courtesy of Digital Design Photography.
The 2015 CASE Awards winners are:
Jewelry Up to $2,000
18K yellow gold pendant featuring two moonstones and a pear shape labradorite
Dianna Rae Jewelry
Jewelry $2,001 to $5,000
14K white gold “Zephyr” necklace with channel set round brilliant diamonds (0.55 ctw)
Spectrum Fine Jewelry
Jewelry $5,001 to $10,000
Platinum and 18K rose gold ring featuring 48 diamonds and fancy brown diamonds (0.87 ctw)
Giraux Fine Jewelry
San Francisco, CA
Jewelry $10,000 & Over
14K gold wedding ring with a 2.02 carat Asscher-cut diamond and 40 baguette & brilliant cut diamonds
Khamis Fine Jewelers
Carved butterfly pin with watermelon tourmaline wings and 84 accent diamonds
Dianna Rae Jewelry