Contests

JJA HONORS DESIGN WINNERS Winners of the ninth annual Jewelers of America Affiliate Design Competition were honored at the Jewelers of America show in New York. The 24 entries were all winning pieces from design competitions held by JA state and regional affiliates throughout 1998. Each piece was a hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind design created by an employee of a JA member store. R. Jeffrey Dunnington of Designs in Gold of Houston won Best of Show with a 5-mm mesh chain necklace featuring a rainbow hematite and multicolored channel-set sapphires. In Category I, priced under $1,000, the winner was Bruce Campbell of Just Jewelers in Farmington Hills, Mich. His entry was a pair of drop earrings in 14k white and yellow gold with iolite and carved garnet. In Category II, priced at $1,000 to $3,000, the winner was Robert La Perla of La Perla Ltd. in West Hartford, Conn., for a three-strand
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