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The Design Competition for Retail Jewelers

With the CASE Awards, Jewelers of America shines a spotlight on the custom design craftsmanship found in the jewelry stores of Jewelers of America Members nationwide. Jewelers of America’s national retailer design competition – The CASE Awards – honors the jewelers who create jewelry pieces with the highest levels of creativity, artistry, skills and excellence in quality and style. 

To be recognized with a CASE Award, Jewelers of America members must express their individuality and craft through the design and manufacture of one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. The jewelry is judged by a panel of industry experts on overall design, marketability, wearability and quality of manufacture. We are now accepting entries for the 2019 CASE Awards through April 5, 2019!

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The CASE Awards are sponsored by Synchrony.

CASE Awards FAQs


The CASE Awards Dates
  • March 4 - April 5: Entry Forms Accepted
  • April 12: Jewelry must arrive at the JA office in New York. No jewelry will be accepted after this date.
  • April 15: Jewelry pieces judged by industry experts
  • April 22: Winners notified
  • April 23: All pieces returned by this date

The entry period for the 2019 CASE Awards is now open! Enter here.
Interested employees of Jewelers of America Retail Members stores can enter during the entry period now through April 5, 2019. Entries are selected in the order they are received, up to a maximum of 125 entries.

See Entry Guidelines  | Enter Online Here  | Entry Form PDF

Regional Jewelry Association Winners

If your piece has won first place in a design competition sponsored by an eligible regional jewelry association, it receives automatic entry into The CASE Awards (entry fee: $50). The individual entrant must meet all eligibility and procedural requirements outlined in the CASE Award guidelines.

At-Large Entries

Members of Jewelers of America who do not participate in regional jewelry association design competitions, may submit “at-large” entries (entry fee: $80.00). At-large entries will be accepted in the order entry forms are received, after any eligible state and regional jewelry association competition winners. 
  • Jewelry to $2,000 retail value
  • Jewelry $2,001 to $5,000 retail value
  • Jewelry $5,001 to $10,000 retail value
  • Jewelry $10,001 to $50,000 retail value

Jewelers of America will award a maximum of 8 CASE Awards: Four first-place CASE Awards in the four competition categories and four second-place CASE Awards .
See Complete Entry Guidelines

Individuals submitting pieces must be employed in a JA Retail Member jewelry store prior to the final submission deadline. Only one entry per category per designer is permitted.  Entries are accepted in the order they are received up to 125 maximum entries.
  • A customized CASE Awards trophy from Jewelers of America
  • Professional, high-resolution images of the winning piece, for use in store marketing and promotion
  • Major promotion in national and local press, featuring photos and descriptions of winning pieces
  • Promotion at Jewelers of America’s website, www.jewelers.org
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