The first annual JCK Jewelers Choice Awards drew 430 entries from manufacturers and designers of jewelry and watches and 11,052 votes from retailers. The Grand Prize winner [above], is a platinum ring designed by Christopher Designs of New York, featuring the company’s trademarked Crisscut diamonds. The competition was divided into 17 product categories and 55 subcategories based on price. Winners are shown on the following pages.
Entries to the online competition were submitted in September 2007, and first-round voting closed in November. Voters received a link to view the finalists and cast their vote for Grand Prize.
Gem Certification & Assurance Lab (GCAL) and American Gemological Laboratories (AGL), both of New York, were the competition’s title sponsors and also examined and certified each finalist piece. Additional category sponsors were Diamond Promotion Service, Platinum Guild International, and World Gold Council. Duvenjian Graphics photographed the winning pieces, and the JCK Show ~ Las Vegas is sponsoring a sweepstakes for retailer voters to win a five-night stay at the Venetian hotel during the show. The winner will be announced online in mid-March.
Details for the 2008 Jewelers Choice Awards—including a new category for retailers’ own designs—will be announced soon in JCK and online at www.jckonline.com, where visitors can view all the finalists.