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JA Reveals CASE Award Winners

This year’s prizes included a special People’s Choice category chosen by the public.
Mar 15, 2018 7:02 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Jewelers of America (JA) has announced the winners of its 28th annual CASE Awards for jewelry design, recognizing retail members whose pieces feature creativity, artistry, style and excellence.

This year, the jewelry group debuted a special People’s Choice category, which was determined by the public voting for its favorite jewelry piece of those pictured on the JA’s website. The winner was Master Jewelers of Rochester, Minnesota, for a 14-karat white-gold Madeira citrine pendant designed by Bernie Benavidez.

A panel of judges chose the other winners from a group of 57 applicants, evaluating entries on overall design, marketability, practicality and wearability of the design, and its manufacturing quality.

Winners receive a $500 cash prize or Facebook ad campaign, as well as a feature in National Jeweler. The organization displayed the winning pieces at its New York Winter Show from March 11 to 13.

The winners were as follows:

Jewelry up to $2,000
C3 Designs
South Milwaukee, WI
Designed by Chris Jensen
A sterling-silver and 14-karat yellow-gold pendant with a hand-carved raw Selenite crystal accented by grossular garnet, green tourmalines and andalusite.

Jewelry $2,001 to $5,000
Ricardo Basta Fine Jewelry
Los Angeles, CA
Designed by Ricardo Basta
A natural golden rutilated-quartz and 18-karat yellow-gold ring.

Jewelry $5,001 to $10,000 and Jewelry $10,001 to $50,000
Faye Kim Designs
Westport, CT
Designed by Faye Kim
A coral and diamond pendant as well as an 18-karat green-gold alloy bracelet.
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