Winners of the12th Annual JA Affiliate design competition

Jewelers of America has announced the winners of its 12th annual affiliate design competition.

JA members or employees of JA member stores created jewelry in the competition. Entries were displayed and judged at the JA New York Show, held Feb. 3-5 at the Jacob J. Javits Center in New York City. A total of 29 entries that won design competitions hosted by JA’s state and regional affiliates in 2001 competed.

Entries were divided into three competition categories based on the cost of materials used. A panel of industry experts served as judges for the categories I, II, and III. Each piece was evaluated based on craftsmanship, marketability, practicality, and overall design. The Buyers Choice award was determined by ballots who attended the show.

The winners are as follows:

Category I ($1,000 and under)
Steven Alan Inlow
Inlow Designs, Hudson, Wisc.
Representing the Minnesota Jewelers Association
Rhodolite garnet engraved ring in platinum and 18k gold with diamond melee.

Category II
Cathleen Bunt
Cathleen Bunt Fine Art Jewelry, Kihei, Hawaii
“Nefertiti” diamond and 18k gold pendant with 4.65 ct. rubellite tourmaline and 12.5mm white South Sea pearl.

Category III
Ziad H. Hoshie
Almaza Jewelers
Houston
Freshwater cultured pearl and diamond necklace in platinum and 18k green gold.

Buyers Choice Award
Jody Muller
Conerstone Jewelry
Springfield, Mo.
Hand-engraved cuff bracelet in 14k rose gold with rhodolite garnet and diamonds.