Jewelers of America Announces Its 2017 CASE Award Winners

Retailers in New Jersey, Louisiana, and the Virginias captured prizes

Jewelers of America (JA) has announced the winners of its 27th annual CASE Awards competition.

The CASE Awards is JA’s national design competition for jewelry retailers—and the winning pieces will be on display at the organization’s booth (No. 1866) at the JA New York Show, running today and tomorrow at the Jacob Javits Center.

The four retail value categories were selected by design experts including Natalie Bos Betteridge of Jewels du Jour; JCK contributing writer Amy Elliott, who is also engagement rings editor at; Severine Ferrari from Engagement 101; Amanda Gizzi of Jewelers of America; Michelle Graff, editor-in-chief of National Jeweler; and Maria Tsangaropoulos, a GIA jewelry manufacturing arts instructor.

Here’s who nabbed this year’s prizes:



Jewelry to $2,000
Jeweler: Sharon Curtiss-Gal
The Gem Vault, Flemington, N.J.
Jellyfish pendant in 14k white gold with 2.12 ct. Ethiopian opal and pavé-set and prong-set diamonds, all hand-built, work completed in-house, $1,900

Jewelry $2,001 to $5,000
Jeweler: David White
Aucoin Hart Jewelers, Metairie, La.
Earrings in 18k white gold with two 8.5 mm pearls, round sapphires, and round brilliant-cut diamonds, hand-fabricated, $3,950

Jewelry $5,001 to $10,000 
Jeweler: Avalina
White & Ivory, Leesburg, Va.
Ring in 18k rose gold with black Australian doublet opal, marquise blue sapphire, and diamonds, handmade and hand-engraved, $9,995




Jewelry $10,001 to $50,000
Jeweler: Sharon Curtiss-Gal
The Gem Vault, Flemington, N.J.
Necklace in 14k white gold with 5.89 marquise-shape Brazilian Paraiba tourmaline cabochon set east/west in prongs and 17 small Brazilian Paraibas, surrounded with diamonds, $40,000


People’s Choice 
Designer: Christopher Rankin
Christian Caine Design, Shepherdstown, W. Va.
Milano pendant in 14k rose gold with 28 round ideal-cut diamonds shown on a 22-inch adjustable cable chain

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