2018 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards: The Winners

For the 11th annual Jewelers’ Choice Awards, voters were swept into the celestial orbit of  a pair of golden, diamond-dusted shining-star ear drops in what’s now unquestionably the year of the earring

Photograph by Mikael Schulz

Stylist Jessica Willis / Jewelry Editor Rima Suqi

2018 jewelers choice winners model

GRAND PRIZE WINNER
14k yellow gold ascending star drop earrings with 0.51 ct. t.w. diamonds; $1,320; Shy Creation; 213-623-8900; shycreation.com

 

BEST BRIDAL DESIGN

bridal over 10000 neon gemsOver $10,000
Bold & Beautiful ring with 4.02 ct. rose-cut natural pinkish pear-shape diamond with 1.34 cts. t.w. light pink and 1.63 cts. t.w. white accent diamonds in 18k rose and white gold; $28,000; Neon Gems Inc.; 213-627-0433; neongems.com

bridal 5000 to 10000 gabriel$5,001–$10,000
Bruna 18k white gold round split-shank engagement ring with 1.55 cts. t.w. diamonds; $5,475 (without center stone); Gabriel & Co.; 212-519-1400; gabrielny.com

bridal 2500 to 5000 shy creation$2,501–$5,000
18k white gold engagement ring with 1.39 cts. t.w. diamonds; $4,300 (without center stone); Shy Creation; 213-623-8900; shycreation.com

bridal under 2500 shy creationUnder $2,500
Eternal collection engagement ring with 0.77 ct. t.w. round brilliant diamonds in 14k white gold; $1,960 (without center stone); Shy Creation

 

 

BEST STATEMENT PIECE

statement piece 10000 to 30000 kiseki$10,000– $30,000
Hanami in Tokyo ring in 18k gold and platinum with 1.23 cts. t.w. pavé diamonds; $10,000; KISEKI; 323-230-0573; kisekidiamonds.com

statement piece over 30000 parleOver $30,000
Necklace with hand-carved rose gold petals and leaves, 1.42 cts. t.w. diamonds, and 28+ cts. t.w. Lotus Garnets and Australian opals; $34,000; Parlé Jewelry Designs; 800-635-9800; parlegems.com

 

BEST BRACELET DESIGN

bracelet over 10000 bapalal keshavlalOver $10,000
Bracelet with rose-cut and round brilliant-cut diamonds in 18k white gold; $38,960; Bapalal Keshavlal; 91-22-2369-4211; bapalalkeshavlal.com

bracelet 2500 to 10000 shy creation$2,501–$10,000
Bangle bracelet with 1.96 cts. t.w. round pavé-set diamonds; $5,700; Shy Creation; 213-623-8900; shycreation.com

bracelet under 2500 shy creationUnder $2,500
14k yellow gold bracelet with 0.84 ct. t.w. diamonds; $2,040; Shy Creation

 

COLORED DIAMOND JEWELRY

colored diamond over 10000 neon gemsOver $10,000
Bonding of Blu-Love ring in 18k two-tone gold with 0.54 ct. natural fancy light blue diamond, 0.54 ct. natural fancy light pink diamond, and 0.74 ct. t.w. white accent diamonds; $60,000; Neon Gems Inc.; 213-627-0433; neongems.com

colored diamond under 10000 gabrielUnder $10,000
14k white gold, black and white diamond, and sapphire wide-band ladies’ ring; $2,100; Gabriel & Co.; 212-519-1400; gabrielny.com

 

BEST EARRING DESIGN

earrings over 10000 penny previlleOver $10,000
Moderne Deco earrings with 2.73 cts. t.w. baguette and round brilliant-cut diamonds in 18k rose gold; $10,595; Penny Preville; 516-466-8680 x107; pennypreville.com

earring 2500 to 1000 parle$2,501–$10,000
Handcrafted Australian opal and mint garnet earrings in 18k white gold; $6,195; Parlé Jewelry Designs; 800-635-9800; parlegems.com

earring under 2500 shy creationGRAND PRIZE WINNER

Under $2,500
14k yellow gold ascending star drop earrings with 0.51 ct. t.w. diamonds; $1,320; Shy Creation; 213-623-8900; shycreation.com

 

GOLD JEWELRY

gold over 2500 neon gemsOver $2,500
Burst of Sparkles pendant in 18k white and rose gold with 0.97 ct. t.w. white diamonds and 1 ct. t.w. light pink diamonds; $5,000; Neon Gems Inc.; 213-627-0433; neongems.com

gold under 2500 shy creationUnder $2,500
14k yellow gold vine ring with 0.49 ct. t.w. round brilliant diamonds; $1,680; Shy Creation; 213-623-8900; shycreation.com

 

BEST NECKLACE DESIGN

necklace over 10000 neon gemsOver $10,000
Handwoven two-tone rose and white gold mesh necklace with 8.54 cts. t.w. natural fancy color diamonds; $35,000; Neon Gems Inc.; 213-627-0433; neongems.com

necklace 2500 to 10000 shy creation$2,501–$10,000
Draped choker necklace in 14k gold with 0.77 ct. t.w. diamonds; $2,900; Shy Creation; 213-623-8900; shycreation.com

necklace under 2500 shy creationUnder $2,500
Seven-star necklace with 0.35 ct. t.w. round diamonds in 14k gold; $1,000; Shy Creation

 

PLATINUM JEWELRY

platinum over 10000 neon gemsOver $10,000
Truffle of Love wraparound ring in platinum with 1.36 ct. fancy natural yellow princess-cut diamond, 1.51 ct. rich deep brown truffle princess-cut diamond, and 1.5 cts. t.w. white accent diamonds; $15,000; Neon Gems Inc.; 213-627-0433; neongems.com

platinum under 10000 malo creationsUnder $10,000
8 mm ring in platinum and carbon fiber with 0.15 ct. princess-cut diamond and 18k rose gold screws; $9,999; Malo; 450-682-6561; malobands.com

 

BEST RING DESIGN

ring over 10000 dallas princeOver $10,000
Hand-engraved Tesoro ring with 12.26 ct. cushion Santa Maria aquamarine and 0.6 ct. t.w. round diamonds in 18k white and rose gold; $32,950; Dallas Prince Designs; 310-625-0200; dallasprincedesigns.com

ring 2500 to 10000 crownring$2,501–$10,000
Carlex collection ring in hammered 18k white gold with Florentine yellow gold pattern and hand-painted blue enamel interior set with 10 diamonds; $2,795; CrownRing; 514-381-1589; carlexcollection.com

ring under 2500 marika desert goldUnder $2,500
Handmade 14k gold ginkgo leaf ring with 0.2 ct. t.w. diamonds; $1,100; Marika Desert Gold; 97-29-885-4007; marikadesertgold.com

 

 

TANZANITE JEWELRY

tanzanite over 10000 c krishniahOver $10,000
Cloveresque necklace with sugarloaf-cut tanzanites and round brilliant-cut diamonds in 18k white gold; $18,900; C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons; 91-974-001-8419; ckcjewellers.com

tanzanite under 10000 beverley kUnder $10,000
Handcrafted 18k rose gold earrings with bezel-set diamonds and tanzanite centers; $1,859; Beverley K; 619-465-4789; beverleyk.com

 

DIAMOND JEWELRY

diamond over 10000 neon gemsOver $10,000
Wheel of Elegance cuff in 18k rose and white gold with 4.1 cts. t.w. natural pink diamonds and 1.35 cts. t.w. micro pavé-set white diamonds; $18,000; Neon Gems Inc.; 213-627-0433; neongems.com

diamond 2500 to 10000 alon vivat$2,501–$10,000
Trophy bracelet in 14k gold with diamonds (also available in 18k gold and platinum); starting at $6,500; Alon Vivat; 213-622-5870; vivatandco.com

diamond under 2500 shy creationUnder $2,500
14k yellow gold bridge ring with 1.08 cts. t.w. baguette and round diamonds; $2,480; Shy Creation; 213-623-8900; shycreation.com

 

PEARL JEWELRY

pearl over 2500 galateaOver $2,500
Hand-carved 15 mm Tahitian Galatea pearl drop pendant with citrine drop, pink tourmaline, ruby and citrine seeds, yellow lab-created diamond drusy “pollen,” and pink enamel flower and green enamel leaves in 14k yellow gold setting; $3,500; Galatea: Jewelry by Artist; 909-592-0877; galateausa.com

pearl under 2500 alamea hawaiiUnder $2,500
14k white gold pendant with 8.5 mm akoya pearl, sapphire, and topaz; $2,350; Alamea Hawaii; 808-922-5333; alameahawaii.com

 

COLORED STONE JEWELRY

colored stone over 10000 liberty diamondsOver $10,000
Bella Verde 14k rose gold ring with pavé diamonds and 2.89 ct. Colombian emerald in 18k yellow gold setting; $28,500; Liberty Diamonds; 949-261-8663; libertydiamonds.com

colored stone 2500 to 10000 beverley k$2,501–$10,000
Art Deco–inspired 18k white gold ring with diamonds, onyx, and French-cut blue sapphires; $4,389; Beverley K; 619-465-4789; beverleyk.com

colored stone under 2500 anyeUnder $2,500
Ring with 13+ cts. t.w. blue-green tourmaline baguettes and diamond accents on 18k yellow gold; $2,200; Anye; 213-489-1388; anyedesigns.com

 

MEN’S JEWELRY

mens over 1000 shy creationOver $1,000
Men’s Link band with 14k yellow gold chain and 0.67 ct. t.w. diamonds in white gold; $2,300; Shy Creation; 213-623-8900; shycreation.com

mens under 1000 thorstenUnder $1,000
Hydra lapis lazuli inlaid titanium 10 mm wedding ring with polished beveled edges and round blue diamonds; $400; Thorsten; 888-209-4757; thorstenrings.com

 

SILVER JEWELRY

silver over 1000 vahanOver $1,000
Nuvo bracelet in textured sterling silver with 14k gold and 0.53 ct. t.w. diamonds; $5,250; Vahan Jewelry; 914-937-1800; vahanjewelry.com

silver 500 to 1000 breuning$501–$1,000
Sterling silver bangle with yellow gold plating; $599; Breuning; 678-377-1673; breuning.us

silver under 500 frederic duclosUnder $500
Bubbles Celebration necklace in rose gold–plated sterling silver; $390; Frédéric Duclos; 714-898-3636; fredericduclos.com

 

CONTEMPORARY METAL JEWELRY

contemporary metal over 500 lashbrookOver $500
Men’s wedding band with Gibeon meteorite, handmade Damascus steel, and natural Padauk hardwood; $1,549; Lashbrook; 801-352-7388; lashbrookdesigns.com

contemporary metal under 500 thorstenUnder $500
Hyperion lava inlaid gold-plated titanium 10 mm wedding ring with polished beveled edges and round black diamonds; $500; Thorsten; 888-209-4757; thorstenrings.com

 

MIXED METAL JEWELRY

mixed metal over 1000 lika beharOver $1,000
Twist open cuff bracelet in 24k hammered fusion gold and oxidized sterling silver with 0.28 ct. t.w. diamonds; $1,760; Lika Behar Collection; likabehar@likabehar.com; likabehar.com

mixed metal under 1000 maui diversUnder $1,000
Plumeria ear climber in three-tone 14k gold with 0.189 ct. t.w. diamonds; $775; Maui Divers Jewelry; 800-253-6016; mauidivers.com

 

BEST PRICE POINT

price point 500 to 1000 gabriel$501–$1,000
Bar necklace in 14k yellow gold with 0.29 ct. t.w. diamonds; $935; Gabriel & Co.; 212-519-1400; gabrielny.com

price point under 500 gabrielUnder $500
Ladies’ ring in 14k yellow gold with 0.05 ct. t.w. diamonds; $440; Gabriel & Co.

 

FASHION/BRIDGE JEWELRY

fashion over 500 bernd wolfOver $500
Leilano bangle in 24k gold–plated sterling silver with brilliant-cut zirconia; $799; Bernd Wolf; 49-766-198-6666; berndwolf.com

fashion under 500 marahlagoUnder $500
Oxidized Octopus necklace with larimar and blue spinel in white and black rhodium–plated sterling silver (with 21-inch silver popcorn chain); $291; Marahlago; 310-910-3833; marahlago.com

 

PERSONALIZED JEWELRY

(BEADS, CHARMS, MESSAGING, INSPIRATIONAL)

personalized over 500 gabrielOver $500
14k yellow gold locket necklace with 1.08 cts. t.w. diamonds; $3,380; Gabriel & Co.; 212-519-1400; gabrielny.com

personalized under 500 kindred keepsakeUnder $500
Engravable Wedding and Anniversary Keepsake Heart in sterling silver with removable precision screw; $315 (also available in yellow and white gold, platinum, and stainless steel); Kindred Keepsake Jewelry; 877-265-7994; kindredkeepsake.com

 

LAB-GROWN DIAMOND AND/OR GEMSTONE JEWELRY

lab grown lafonnAll price points
Lassaire in Motion earrings with frameless simulated diamonds and lab-grown sapphires in sterling silver bonded with platinum and 14k gold components; $290; Lafonn; 855-2-LAFONN; lafonn.com

 

Top: Necklaces in 14k yellow gold with 0.04 ct. and 0.05 ct. diamond, $420–$450, 14k yellow gold ring with 0.08 ct. diamond, $560, Gabriel & Co., 212-519-1400, gabrielny.com; diamond cigar band in 14k yellow gold with 0.46 ct. t.w. pavé diamonds, $1,805, Eriness, 310-488-6361, eriness.com; delicate Crescent band in 14k yellow gold, $600, Anna Sheffield, 212-925-7010, annasheffield.com; 18k yellow gold cuff with 2.85 cts. t.w. champagne diamonds, $15,000, Sylva & Cie, 213-488-1444, sylvacie.com 

Hair: Jerome Cultrera/Oribe/l’atelier; makeup: Kajsa Svanberg/Chanel/Art Department; manicurist: Roseann Singleton/Chanel/Art Department

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