April 30, 2019

New York, NY – Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has announced the winners of its 29th annual CASE Awards jewelry design competition. The CASE Awards, JA’s national design competition for jewelry retailers, recognizes JA Retail Members who exhibit creativity, artistry, style and excellence in jewelry design.

First and second place winners were selected out of 54 entries from JA Retail Members in four categories: Jewelry to $2,000, $2,001 to $5,000, $5,001 to $10,000 and $10,001 & over (retail values).

“The CASE Awards shine a spotlight on the custom designs of the talented jewelers in Jewelers of America Member stores across the country,” says JA President & CEO David J. Bonaparte. “We are excited to offer a  national platform to recognize the creativity and fine craftsmanship of these JA Members.”

The winners in the four price categories were determined by a panel of design experts who evaluated the entries on the following criteria: overall design, marketability, practicality/wearability and quality of manufacture. Judges included Brecken Branstrator, National Jeweler; Amy Elliott, JCK contributor and All That Glitters columnist; Deirdre Featherstone, Featherstone Design; Amanda Gizzi, Jewelers of America; JB Jones, NYC Jewelry Week; Erica Silverglide, GemologyGeek; and Maria Tsangaropoulos, GIA Jewelry Manufacturing Arts instructor.

All first and second place winners will receive a customized CASE Award trophy and national and local media coverage.

The 2019 CASE Awards were sponsored by Synchrony and Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group. The CASE Awards is open only to employees of JA Retail Member companies. 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.

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