JA Announces Winners of the 2021 CASE Awards


Jewelers of America (JA) announced the winners of its 31st annual CASE Awards, the jewelry competition recognizing member brands of JA that exhibit creativity, artistry, style, and excellence in design.

This year saw an all-time high number of entries, with nearly 200 hopefuls vying for awards in one or more of the following categories: Bracelets up to $5,000; Bracelets $5,001 and up; Earrings up to $5,000; Earrings $5,001 and up; Necklaces up to $5,000; Necklaces $5,001 and up; Rings up to $5,000; Rings $5,001 and up; Engagement rings up to $5,000; Engagement rings $5,001 and up; Wedding bands up to $5,000; Wedding bands $5,001 and up; Pins/Brooches/Cufflinks; and Other (non-jewelry items made of precious metals or stones).

“Jewelers of America’s CASE Awards design competition showcases the fine craftsmanship and talent of JA Members across the country,” said JA spokesperson Amanda Gizzi in a statement. “Judging was incredibly difficult this year as we had a wide variety of immensely talented jewelry designers enter in every category. The judges had to carefully consider the judging criteria and it had to come down to the finest details to determine winners.”

Winners were chosen by a panel of judges that evaluated each entry on its overall design, marketability, originality, and quality of manufacture. The panel of design experts comprised Terry Chandler of DCA; Deirdre Featherstone of Featherstone Design; Amanda Gizzi of Jewelers of America; Brecken Branstrator of National Jeweler; JB Jones of NYC Jewelry Week; Adrianne Sanogo, GIA graduate gemologist, of Black in Jewelry Coalition; and Iveta N. Stephanopoulos of GIA. The winners are as follows.

Engagement rings up to $5,000: Ben Bridge Jeweler, designed by Angela Hope, Seattle

Sunrise-inspired engagement ring in 14k palladium alloyed recycled white gold with 0.42 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,399 (center stone not included); Ben Bridge Jeweler

Engagement rings $5,001 and up: Omi Privé, designed by Niveet Nagpal, West Covina, Calif.

Ring in platinum with 8.86 ct. blue moonstone, 1.10 cts. t.w. paraiba-type tourmaline, 0.34 ct. t.w. Paraiba tourmaline, and 0.96 ct. t.w. diamonds, $34,000; Omi Privé

Wedding bands up to $5,000: Gabriel & Co., New York, N.Y.

Anniversary band in 14k white gold with 1.37 cts. t.w. diamonds, $2,265; Gabriel & Co.

Wedding bands $5,001 and up: Le Vian, designed by Moossa LeVian, Great Neck, N.Y.

Wedding band in platinum and 18k yellow gold with 6.80 cts. t.w. Sunny Yellow Diamonds and 0.48 ct. t.w. Vanilla Diamonds, $42,400; Le Vian

Earrings up to $5,000: Le Vian, designed by Aaron Hakimian, Great Neck, N.Y.

Earrings in 14k yellow gold with natural pink and white freshwater pearl and carved prehnite, $4,999; Le Vian

Earrings $5,001 and up: Graziela Gems, designed by Graziela Kaufman, Highwood, Ill.

Earrings in 18k blue rhodium gold with 5.79 cts. t.w. blue sapphires, $7,800; Graziela Gems

Necklaces up to $5,000: Lilly Street, designed by Lynn Gambino, Old Brookville, N.Y.

Mini Capulet necklace in 18k pink gold with natural Herkimer crystals and ruby, $2,320; Lilly Street

Necklaces $5,001 and up: Brody Designs, designed by Mike Anderson, Stevens Point, Wis. (tie)

Carved necklace in 14k white gold with 57 ct. untreated Colorado blue topaz, $16,000; Brody Designs

Necklaces $5,001 and up: Schullin, designed by Hans Schullin, Graz, Austria (tie; pictured at top)

Bracelets up to $5,000: Schullin, designed by Hans Schullin, Graz, Austria

Green galuchat cuff in 18k fair trade rose gold with 5.36 cts. t.w. green tourmaline and 0.05 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,900; Schullin

Bracelets $5,001 and up: Valani, designed by Heena Shah, New York, N.Y.

Bracelet in 18k white gold with 14.90 cts. t.w. brilliant-cut rubies, 4.52 cts. t.w. trillion-cut rubies, 7.99 cts. t.w. marquise-cut diamonds, 2.77 cts. t.w. pear-shape diamonds, and 4.76 cts. t.w. brilliant-cut diamonds, $345,000; Valani

Rings up to $5,000: Steven Paul Designs, designed by Steven Kistner, Delafield, Wis.

Prosthetic eye ring in sterling silver, $4,800; Steven Paul Designs

Rings $5,001 and up: Alexandra Mor, designed by Alexandra Mor, New York, N.Y.

One-of-a-kind ring in 18k yellow gold with 15.27 cts. t.w. Muzo Colombian emeralds and diamonds, $55,000; Alexandra Mor

Pins/Brooches/Cufflinks (any price): The Gem Vault, designed by Sharon Curtiss-Gal, Flemington, N.J.

Cufflinks in 18k yellow gold with 14.96 cts. t.w. Oregon sunstones, 3.70 cts. t.w. pink spinel, 0.91 ct. t.w. tsavorite, and 0.56 ct. t.w. diamonds, $13,000; The Gem Vault

Other (non-jewelry items made of precious metals or stones, any price): Samuel B. Collection, designed by Samuel Behnam and Neda Behnam, Great Neck, N.Y.

Ballpoint pen in sterling silver with black spinel, $417; Samuel B. Collection

Top: Necklace in 18k rose gold with red Mediterranean coral branches, 227.96 cts. t.w. silver sheen obsidian cabochons, and 1.09 cts. t.w. diamonds, $22,500; Schullin

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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