Following the fashion trends of the moment, retail jewelers from across the country showed their talents in creating pieces for the 12th Annual JA Affiliate Design Competition. Among the winning creations were fancy-cut gemstones, freshwater pearls, and pearl/gemstone mixes. All entries were created by JA members or employees of member stores. The contest featured 29 entries that had won state or regional JA-affiliate design contests before proceeding to the national competition. All entries were judged on craftsmanship, marketability, practicality/wearability, and overall design. The competition was judged by a panel of industry experts, with the Buyers' Choice Award determined by ballots from JA New York Show attendees.