Leading jewelry industry magazine JCK held two jewelry design competitions at this year's Las Vegas show: the annual Luxury Design Awards and JCK Design Center Editor’s Choice Awards (click "Read the full article" to see the designs).
The Luxury Design Awards were conceptualized to celebrate designers and manufacturers whose work showcases imagination and excellence in craftsmanship. Six leading fine jewelry retailers selected the finalists and winners, the latter of which win a trunk show at the retail store that represents their category. The categories, (with the winners in parentheses) were: Bridal, Finished Piece (Fana); Design (Shay), Finished Diamond Piece, Non-Bridal (A. Link), High-End Fashion (JFine), Finished Colored Gemstones (Alishan), Luxury Debut (Omi Privé), Design @ Luxury (Nina Nguyen Designs) and Editor’s Choice (Jennifer Dawes Designs).
For the JCK Design Center Editor’s Choice Awards, jewelry designers submitted the piece they feel best represents their brand. Editors from both consumer and trade publications then reviewed the pieces before the show and voted for their favorites. Here are the Design Center Editor’s Choice winners for 2019: Rising Star (a designer who’s been in the business five years or less) - Winner: Emilia Le Karrier; Resident (established designer brands) - Winner: Lark & Berry.