JA PRESENTS JEWEL AWARDS Jewelers of America recently announced the winners of its Jewel Award Design Competition, open to JA New York show exhibitors. The 74 entries were judged on the basis of originality, beauty, wearability, and workmanship. Awards were given in two categories: women’s jewelry design and men’s jewelry design. First-place winners in both categories received Steuben glass trophies. Runners-up received plaques. In the women’s jewelry design category, Avi Raz and Peggy Croft of A&Z Pearls, Los Angeles, took first place for a handcrafted pearl and 18k yellow gold brooch in the form of a ballerina. The brooch is fashioned from a freshwater cultured pearl and accented with 18 round pink diamonds, .45 ct. t.w., and 78 round white diamonds, .75 ct. t.w. Irina Pantaeva of Irina Inc., New York, received the second-place award for an 18k white gold snowflake neck

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