Jewelers of America has announced the winners of its 20th Annual Design Competition, held during the JA New York Winter Show, February 28-March 2.
Designers from Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas took home the prizes in four categories (based on the cost of materials used): $1,000 and under; $1,001-$3,000; $3,001 and over; and a Buyer’s Choice Award.
Category I ($1,000 & Under)
Treva Roberts, Diamonds & Designs by None Other Goldsmiths; Gahanna, OH
A 9.44-carat tourmalinated quartz pendant, set in 14K white gold with white and black diamonds, on a black neoprene cord.
Category II ($1,001 – $3,000)
Ben S. Curtis, Kelley Jewelers; Weatherford, OK
A trillion rubellite medallion pendant with 101 round brilliant cut diamonds, set in 14K, 18K and 22K yellow and white gold.
Category III ($3,001 and Over)
Ziad H. Noshie, Almaza Jewelers; Houston, TX
Complete set of 18K yellow and white gold necklace, bracelet, earrings and ring. Each circle is handmade, and some feature mother-of-pearl, multi-colored sapphires and/or full-cut diamonds (4.55 cts).
Bernie Benavidez, Master Jewelers, Inc.; Rochester, MN
A 5.64-carat "Royal Silk Blue" tanzanite pendant with round- and marquise-cut diamonds surrounding the center stone. White gold setting features filigree goldwork.