Simplicity & Color

JCK's fourth annual Retail Design Contest showed that many jewelers have made a commitment to offer their own unique and creative designs. The contest drew a record 224 entries in three retail price categories. Designs were judged on creativity, wearability, salability and innovative use of materials. The contest was open to any full- or part-time employee of a retail jewelry store or fine jewelry department that derives at least 50% of its revenue from the sale of fine jewelry. The panel of judges comprised two designers and two retailers. The designers were Rudolf Erdel of OE Designs and Maija Neimanis, both New York City. The retailers were Michael Eigen of S. Michael Eigen and Jeffrey P. Badler of Maurice Badler Fine Jewelry, both New York City. The judges noted some trends across categories. With the exception of some ornate, expensive pieces, most of the designers used clean

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