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Here Are the Winners of the INDESIGN Awards (Alternative Materials Category)






1ST PLACE (Alternative Materials Category)

Irthly Jewelled Adornments

18K gold earrings from the Art D’Eco Collection with diamonds (0.29 TCW) inlaid in organic palm ivory with naturally formed tourmaline crystals (2.10 TCW)



For David Alvarado, the owner and designer behind Irthly Jewelled Adornments, jewelry represents much more than a particular style or trend; he’s connected the wonder and spirit of the art deco period to that of the present. The collection, Art D’Eco, combines art deco motifs with eco-friendly materials that resonate with today’s consumer. “By introducing organic materials, implementing technological advances, and by adding symbolism and meaning into my jewelry, I want to present to this current society that jewelry design can be conscientious, eco-sensitive, refined, and can include an ethical reminder of what truly matters,” he says. The collection is resonating with a growing number of retailers whose customers are seeking something different. Says Alvarado: “This design seems to be a calling for those who have every essential piece of jewelry and are looking to make a statement that connects them to our current state of affairs.”


“These earrings are awesome! The strength yet delicacy of the design and selection of white and green colors deserve the 1st place outstanding award!” – Marie-Helene Morrow

“Love the combination of naturalistic and stylized materials.” – Tara Silberberg

“These earrings truly capture the mood of the Art Deco period. Great design.” – Jenny Luker

“Art deco gems. Architectural and modern.” – Paul Schneider


“This is such an elegant piece, both understated and yet extravagant at the same time. Beautiful!” – Nadine McCarthy Kahane

“The organic palm ivory is beautiful and the tourmaline crystals are the perfect finishing.” – Amanda Gizzi

“I feel like I’ve been transported to the 1920s with this incredible design! The tourmalines make these over-the- top, YES.” – Danielle Miele



(Alternative Materials Category)

Irthly Jewelled Adornments

Art D’Eco Streamline Miami pendant in 18K yellow gold and organic palm ivory with baguette diamonds (0.52 TCW)




“The white colored gemstone feels especially fresh in this piece and the baguette diamonds are stunning!” – Nadine McCarthy Kahane

“Style moderne. America in the ‘30s. Crisp work and great proportions.” – Paul Schneider


(Alternative Materials Category)

Thorsten Jewelry

Muramasa ring in black tungsten with yellow gold interior and six yellow gold-plated stainless steel bezels on exterior, each containing a row of three black diamonds (0.27 TCW)



“Very clean and chic – a great stacking piece.” – Nadine McCarthy Kahane

“Wow – the most elegant tungsten ring I’ve ever seen!” – Danielle Miele

“This black and yellow color combination is great. This has a big money look for a small budget price.” – Amanda Gizzi


(Alternative Materials Category)


Zirconium 8mm men’s band featuring Honduras Redheart wooden sleeve


“This wooden ring can actually stand up to water over a long time. So far, no problems.” – Daniel Upsdell, Westdale Jewellers, Hamilton, Ontario



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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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