|By Marketwired .||
|March 20, 2014 11:42 AM EDT||
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - March 20, 2014) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, held its annual national retailer design competition, The CASE Awards, which recognizes independent jewelers who exhibit creativity, artistry, style and excellence in jewelry design. Many of the winning pieces of the 2014 CASE Awards feature handmade elements, bead settings and high quality stones that reflect the vintage style that has become very popular in current jewelry and fashion trends.
"Jewelers of America's CASE Awards retail design competition is the only national platform that showcases the craft and creativity of independent jewelers," says JA President & CEO David J. Bonaparte. "The jewelry that won the 2014 CASE Awards illustrates the talent and fine craftsmanship that jewelry shoppers can find in Jewelers of America-member stores nationwide."
All the winning jewelers are members of Jewelers of America, the largest national association for fine jewelry businesses. Jewelers of America-member jewelers are among most reputable jewelers in the United States, backed by a commitment to Jewelers of America's Code of Professional Practices.
Winners were selected out of 63 entries from Jewelers of America Retail Members for six categories: Jewelry up to $2000, $2001-$5000, $5001-$10000, Over $10000 (retail values); Buyers' Choice and Best in Show.
The 2014 CASE Awards were sponsored by GE Capital and Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company. For more information about the competition and to view the Winner's Photo Gallery, visit www.jewelers.org/caseawards.
Jewelers of America (JA) is the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace with more than 3,200 retail members nationwide. Jewelers of America members sign an annual Code of Professional Practices ensuring they uphold the highest social, environmental and ethical business practices. JA's consumer education arm, Jewelry Information Center (JIC), is the source for fine jewelry and watch information, trends and shopping tips. Visit www.jewelers.org and www.JIC.org for more information.
The following files are available for download:
- 18K yellow gold ring with a 1.00 carat round opaque rose cut diamond surrounded by 31 diamonds by Craig Underwood, Becki Lamascus and Tom Weishaar of Underwood's Fine Jewelers
- Best in Show earrings featuring moonstones, sapphires and diamonds by Belinda Vartenuk of Abshire and Haylan
- Men's Trinity Ring by Sherry Shifley and Tom Organ of Perry's At Southpark
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