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INSTORE Design Awards

Alternative Materials – 2019 Winners



WINNER : Sarah Graham Metalsmithing

Spiral band in 18K gold and oxidized cobalt chrome


MARC MAJORS: Very cool and edgy piece! This is a casual ring that has the potential to be a conversation starter.

LINDY KAVANAUGH: I love that the twinkle of the diamonds and the subtle finish on the gold are brought to life by the contrast of the oxidized cobalt; it really makes this ring glow! This design is so simple, yet unique and easily suitable for many occasions.

LAUREN LEVISON: Love this for the pointer finger. Or the pinky or both!

2ND PLACE : Thorsten

Black titanium wedding band with black damascus steel inlaid in the center with black sapphire beveled edges


3RD PLACE : K. Brunini

Spirit Animals dragon pendant composed of carved cow bone and 18K yellow gold with 0.05-carat ruby eye and diamonds (0.18 TCW) in black oxidized sterling silver frame





Spiral band in 18K gold and oxidized cobalt chrome

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Retirement Made Easy with Wilkerson

The store was a landmark in Topeka, Kansas, but after 80 years in business, it was time for Briman’s Leading Jewelers to close up shop. Third generation jeweler and owner Rob Briman says the decision wasn’t easy, but the sale that followed was — all thanks to Wilkerson. Briman had decided a year prior to the summer 2020 sale that he wanted to retire. With a pandemic in full force, he had plenty of questions and concerns. “We had no real way to know if we were going to be successful or have a failure on our hands,” says Briman. “We didn’t know what to expect.” But with Wilkerson in charge, the experience was “fantastic” and now there’s plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying a more secure retirement. “I would recommend Wilkerson to any retailer considering a going-out-of-business sale,” says Briman. “They’ll help you reach your financial goal. Our experience was a tremendous success.”

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