Pearls, Color & Southern Style

If the Civil War had been fought with jewelry instead of guns, U.S. history might have been quite different. The Deep South may no longer be known for its cotton crop, but after the 1998 JCK Retail Design Competition, there’s no doubt about its pool of talented jewelers! In fact, one of this year’s winners, Jewelsmith of Durham, N.C., is back for its third time in the winner’s circle, a pretty impressive feat in a contest only five years old. The fifth annual JCK Retail Design Competition drew more than 200 entries. The contest was created to encourage innovative custom design work and recognize outstanding design talent in the retail sector of the jewelry industry. Entries were judged on the basis of wearability, salability, originality and innovative use of techniques and materials. This year, pearls and color figured prominently in the winning pieces. Three of the six winner

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