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JA Unveils CASE Award Winners

Mar 13, 2017 9:09 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Jewelers of America (JA) announced the winners of its 27th annual CASE Awards for jewelry design.

The awards recognize retail members of JA that exhibit creativity, artistry, style and excellence in jewelry design, with the winning entries set to go on display at the JA New York Show this week at the Jacob Javits Center.

“The CASE Awards exemplify the talent and fine craftsmanship found in the stores of JA member jewelers nationwide,” David Bonaparte, chief executive officer of JA, said in a statement Friday.

An addition to the awards this year was the People’s Choice accolade, which was decided by a public poll on the trade organization’s website that attracted more than 4,500 votes, JA said. The winner was Christian Caine Design of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, which received $500 worth of Facebook advertising, for a 14-karat gold pendant designed by Christopher Rankin. The piece featured 28 small round diamonds with a total weight of 0.90 carats.

Other successful applicants in four retail value-based categories, chosen by a panel of design experts, received $500 in cash.

The winners of the value categories were as follows:

Jewelry up to $2,000

The Gem Vault
Flemington, NJ
Designed by Sharon Curtiss-Gal
A 14-karat white gold jellyfish pendant featuring an Ethiopian opal with a line of pave-set round diamonds bordering it, and prong-set, G-H color, SI1-clarity diamonds scattered throughout the jellyfish tentacles.

Jewelry $2,001 to $5,000

Aucoin Hart Jewelers
Metairie, LA
Designed by David White
Diamond and sapphire earrings set with two 8.5-millimeter pearls, round sapphires (total weight 0.60 carats) and round, brilliant-cut diamonds (total weight 0.43 carats) set in 18-karat white gold.

Jewelry $5,001 to $10,000

White & Ivory
Leesburg, VA
Designed by Avalina
18-karat rose gold ring with Black Australian doublet opal, marquise blue sapphire (total weight 0.53 carats) and round, brilliant diamonds (total weight 0.12 carats).

Jewelry $10,001 to $50,000

The Gem Vault
Flemington, NJ
Designed by Sharon Curtiss-Gal
14-karat white gold necklace containing a marquise-shaped Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline. Strands feature diamonds with a total weight of 3.08 carats, F-G color and VS-SI1 clarity.
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