(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry retail marketplace, held its annual national retailer design competition at the JA New York Winter Show. Restructured and renamed in late 2010 as The CASE Awards, the competition featured several new entry categories and increased eligibility for JA members. The response from JA members to these changes was enthusiastic, resulting in the highest levels of participation in recent JA history with more than 50 jewelry entries.
“For more than two decades, Jewelers of America’s retail design competition has been the only national platform that showcases the craft and creativity of independent jewelers,” says JA COO Robert Headley. “We were thrilled with the increase in submissions for the 2011 CASE Awards, as it more comprehensively reflected the remarkable jewelry available from JA member stores nationwide.”
The CASE Awards recognizes JA retail members who exhibited creativity, artistry, style and excellence in jewelry design. The competition categories increased from three to six to include: Women’s Jewelry Under $2000, $2000-$5000, Over $5000 (retail values); Men’s Jewelry; Silver Jewelry; and Alternative-Materials Jewelry. The winners of the 2011 CASE Awards showed a preference for dramatic style, movement and alternative materials like mokume.
Men’s Jewelry 1st Place & Buyer’s Choice - Chris Ahee, Edmund T. Ahee Jewelers, Grosse Point Woods, MI.
Women’s Jewelry Under $2,000 1st Place - Stephen Spicer, Spicer & Co., Cookeville, TN.
Women’s Jewelry $2,000 - $5,000 Buyer’s Choice - Brandy Hurt, AVA Goldworks, Hannibal, MO.
|Women’s Jewelry Over $5,000 1st Place - Ziad H. Noshie, Almaza Jewelers, Houston, TX|
A panel of industry experts judged the entries on craftsmanship, marketability, practicality/wearability and overall design. JA New York attendees determined Buyers’ Choice Awards with a separate ballot. The winners receive a trophy and framed certificate from JA.
To see all winning pieces or for more information about the competition and for complete competition guidelines, visit www.jewelers.org or contact JA’s Member Services at 800-223-0673.
The 2011 CASE Awards winners are:
Women’s Jewelry Under $2,000
1st Place - Stephen Spicer - Spicer and Company, Cookeville, TN
2nd Place - Glenn Clark - Glenn Clark, Germantown, TN
3rd Place - Ziad H. Noshie - Almaza Jewelers, Houston, TX
Buyers’ Choice - Mary Beth Morgan Conwell & Scott Weaver - Ray Jewelers, Elmira, NY
Women’s Jewelry $2,000-$5,000
1st Place - Jennifer White-killer - Naifeh Fine Jewelry, Oklahoma City, OK
2nd Place - Ziad H. Noshie - Almaza Jewelers, Houston, TX
3rd Place - Rita M. Ward - Lyle Husar Designs, Brookfield, WI
Buyers’ Choice - Brandy Hurt - AVA Goldworks, Hannibal, MO
Women’s Jewelry Over $5,000
1st Place - Ziad H. Noshie - Almaza Jewelers, Houston, TX
2nd Place - Cory Vetta - Carleo Creations, Inc., Pueblo, CO
3rd Place & Buyers’ Choice - Leo A. Fried - Blue Heron Jewelry Company, Poulsbo, WA
1st Place & Buyers’ Choice - Chris Ahee - Edmund T. Ahee Jewelers, Grosse Point Woods, MI
2nd Place - Randall Hurt - AVA Goldworks, Hannibal, MO
3rd Place - Yan Shu Djap - Sunshine Jewelry, Philadelphia, PA
1st Place - Elizabeth Buenaventura - Martin Kirschenbaum Inc., New York, NY
2nd Place - Michael Taher - Jewelry by Michael Taher, East Rutherford, NJ
3rd Place & Buyers’ Choice - Emily Jones - Art Metals Studio, Racine, WI
1st Place & Buyers’ Choice- Dennis deJonghe - deJonghe Original Jewelry, Saratoga Springs, NY
2nd Place - Stephen Spicer - Spicer and Company, Cookeville, TN
Buyers’ Choice - Best of Show - Brandy Hurt - AVA Goldworks, Hannibal, MO