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PHOTOS: See Winning Pieces from Jewelers of America’s National Retailer Design Competition




CASE Awards recognize retail members who exhibit creativity and excellence in jewelry design.

Jewelers of America recently held its annual national retailer design competition at the JA New York Spring Show. The CASE Awards, the association says, recognize JA retail members “who exhibit creativity, artistry, style and excellence in jewelry design.” Many of the winning pieces feature hand-fabricated designs with unique stone settings that reflect current trends in both bridal and fashion jewelry.

Winners were selected out of 42 entries from JA Retail Members for five categories: Jewelry up to $2000; $2001-$5000; $5001-$10000; over $10,000 (retail values) and Buyers’ Choice.

The winners were determined by a judging panel of industry experts who judged the entries in a specific area of concentration. Voting in the category of Buyers’ Choice was open to all JA New York attendees with a separate ballot. CASE Award winners received a trophy from JA.

Jewelry up to $2,000 and Buyers Choice
First Place

Sterling silver ring featuring an 8.70 carat oval blue chalcedony cabochon with 10 lavender round cut sapphires (0.61 ctw)
Lisa Perantoni Khamis
Fine Jewelers | Indianapolis, IN


Jewelry $2,001 to $5,000
First Place

14K white and rose gold and 18K yellow gold pendant featuring a 3.73 carat orange sapphire surrounded by graduated color orange to yellow melee sapphires
Jason Baskin
The Gem Vault | Flemington, NJ

Jewelry $5,001 to $10,000
First Place

9.26 carat opal ring surrounded by
36 tsavorites (0.38 ctw)
set in 18K yellow gold
Ricardo Basta
Ricardo Basta Fine Jewelry | Los Angeles, CA

Jewelry $10,000 and Over
First Place

Hand-fabricated 14K rose gold ring featuring a 2.52 carat rose cut pear center stone surrounded by round cut diamonds (1.45 ctw) and round black diamonds (0.34 ctw)
Jess Roussel
Roussel’s Fine Jewelry & Gifts | Gramercy, LA



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