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The Design Competition for 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 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.

New this year: Our CASE Awards design competition has expanded to include categories specifically for retailers AND suppliers! Now all JA Members can enter their designs and receive the recognition they deserve  

The CASE Awards are sponsored by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group and Synchrony.


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CASE Awards FAQs


The CASE Awards Entry Period is now open! Judging for CASE entries happens online first, then top entries are submitted to JA's New York office.

The CASE Awards Dates
  • March 2 - May 8: Entry Forms Accepted
  • *New this year -- May 11-15: All entries will be reviewed online by an industry expert judging panel. Entries will be narrowed down to the top designs in each category; the top pieces will then be shipped to Jewelers of America’s offices. Please wait for notification from JA before shipping.
  • May 20: If selected as a top contender in the category, the jewelry must arrive at the JA office in New York by 4pm EST on May 20. No jewelry will be accepted after this time period
  • May 25-29: Top entries will be judged by industry experts in-person.
  • June 3: All pieces returned by this date
  Enter here or download the Entry Form
Interested employees of Jewelers of America Supplier and Retail Members companies can enter during the entry period now through May 8, 2020. Entries are selected in the order they are received. A maximum of 4 entries per designer is allowed – one entry in each category.

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. 
  • Retail Members: Jewelry up to $2,000 retail value
  • Retail Members: Jewelry $2,001 to $5,000 retail value
  • Retail Members: Jewelry $5,001 to $10,000 retail value
  • Retail Members: Jewelry $10,000 to $50,000 retail value
  • Supplier Members: Jewelry up to $2,000 retail value
  • Supplier Members: Jewelry $2,001 to $5,000 retail value
  • Supplier Members: Jewelry $5,001 to $10,000 retail value
  • Supplier Members: Jewelry $10,000 to $50,000 retail value

Jewelers of America will award a maximum of 8 CASE Awards: Eight first-place CASE Awards – one in each of the competition categories.
See Complete Entry Guidelines

Individuals submitting pieces must be employees of Jewelers of America Supplier and Retail Members companies prior to the final submission deadline. 4 entries per designer– one entry per category – is allowed.”
  • 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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