Designers Honored by Jewelers of America

Industry stalwart, Jewelers of America, celebrated the art of jewelry making with their 20th Annual Design Competition. See all the winning designs that favor both color and drama!

Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry retail marketplace, has been honoring jewelry designers for 20 years with their annual design competition. This year’s contest took place during the JA New York Winter Show earlier this month with designers from Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas taking home prizes in four categories (based on the cost of materials used): $1,000 and under; $1,001-$3,000; $3,001 and over; and a Buyers’ Choice Award. “Jewelers of America’s annual Design Competition takes winners from our partner state jewelry associations’ contests and gives them a national platform to showcase their talent and creativity,” says JA COO Robert Headley. This year’s design pool showed a preference for color and dramatic settings – two trends jewelry buyers can find at reasonable price points compared to more a traditional diamond piece with a higher carat count. Designs were judged by a panel of industry experts with JA New York attendees selecting the Buyers’ Choice Award. The winners of the 20th Annual JA Affiliate Design Competition are: (Photo Credit: Karen Janowski of Diamond Vision Services) Category I ($1,000 & Under) Treva Roberts, Diamonds & Designs by None Other Goldsmiths; Gahanna, OH A 9.44-carat tourmalinated quartz pendant, set in 14K white gold with white and black diamonds, on a black neoprene cord. Category II ($1,001 – $3,000) Ben S. Curtis, Kelley Jewelers; Weatherford, OK A trillion rubellite medallion pendant with 101 round brilliant cut diamonds, set in 14K, 18K and 22K yellow and white gold. Category III ($3,001 and Over) Ziad H. Noshie, Almaza Jewelers; Houston, TX Complete set of 18K yellow and white gold necklace, bracelet, earrings and ring. Each circle is handmade, and some feature mother of pearl, multi-colored sapphires and/or full-cut diamonds (4.55 cts). Buyers’ Choice Bernie Benavidez, Master Jewelers, Inc.; Rochester, MN A 5.64-carat “Royal Silk Blue” tanzanite pendant with round and marquise-cut diamonds surrounding the center stone. White gold setting features filigree goldwork.

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