Jewelers of America (JA), the leading non-profit jewelry association in the US - founded over a century ago to advance the jewelry industry and consumer trust - has announced the winners of its 28th annual CASE Awards, a national jewelry design competition. The CASE Awards recognize custom-designed and crafted pieces of jewelry for their creativity, artistry, skills and excellence in quality and style, and "showcases the creativity and expertise of designers in Jewelers of America member retail stores across the country,” said JA President & CEO David J. Bonaparte. Fifty-six pieces were submitted into the 2018 competition, with five pieces being selected by a panel of industry experts for their overall design, marketability, wearability and quality of manufacture. The "People's Choice" winner is determined by consumer votes during an online voting period. Winners receive a prize of $500 (cash or Facebook ad campaign), a feature in National Jeweler, national recognition and more.
The winners were: C3 Designs in South Milwaukee, WI, for their sterling silver and 14K yellow gold pendant with a hand carved raw Selenite crystal accented by grossular garnet, green tourmalines and andalusite designed by Chris Jensen; Ricardo Basta Fine Jewelry in Los Angeles, CA, for their natural golden rutilated quartz and 18K yellow gold ring designed by Ricardo Basta; and Faye Kim Designs in Westport, CT for their coral and diamond pendant as well as their 18K green gold alloy bracelet designed by Faye Kim. This year, JA debuted the “People’s Choice” CASE Award, which was determined by public voting. The winner of the “People’s Choice” CASE Award was Master Jewelers, Inc. in Rochester, MN, for their Madeira Citrine pendant set in 14K white gold designed by Bernie Benavidez.