Jewelers of America (JA) has announced the winners of its 28th annual CASE Awards, a national jewelry design competition that recognizes JA retail members who “exhibit creativity, artistry, style, and excellence in jewelry design,” according to a statement from the association.
The winners were selected from 57 entries and were chosen by a panel of industry experts (including JCK‘s own Amy Elliott, author of our All That Glitters blog) who evaluated the submissions on overall design, marketability, practicality/wearability, and quality of manufacture.
The winners were C3 Designs in South Milwaukee, Wis., for designer Chris Jensen’s sterling silver and 14k yellow gold pendant with a hand-carved raw selenite crystal (accented by grossular garnet, green tourmaline, and andalusite); Ricardo Basta Fine Jewelry in Los Angeles for designer Ricardo Basta’s natural golden rutilated quartz and 18k yellow gold ring; and Faye Kim Designs in Westport, Conn., for designer Faye Kim’s coral and diamond pendant and 18k green gold alloy bracelet.
Faye Kim Designs’ winning alloy bracelet, designed by Faye Kim
Faye Kim Designs’ winning coral and gold necklace, designed by Faye Kim
C3 Designs’ winning gemstone pendant, designed by Chris Jensen
JA debuted a new award this year, dubbed the People’s Choice CASE Award, which was chosen online via public voting. That award went to Master Jewelers in Rochester, Minn., for designer Bernie Benavidez’ Madeira citrine and diamond pendant set in 14k white gold.
The People’s Choice CASE Award winner: Master Jewelers’ Madeira citrine pendant, designed by Bernie Benavidez
“The CASE Awards showcase the creativity and expertise of designers in Jewelers of America member retail stores across the country,” said JA president and CEO David J. Bonaparte in the same statement.
The 2018 CASE Awards were open only to JA retail members and their employees.
Top photo: Ricardo Basta Fine Jewelry’s winning design—a natural golden rutilated quartz and 18k yellow gold ring with diamonds, designed by Ricardo Basta