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Jewelers of America Unveils CASE Award Winners

Apr 7, 2021 9:56 AM   By Rapaport News
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Jewelers of America (JA) has announced the winners of its 31st annual CASE Awards for jewelry design, recognizing retail members whose pieces feature creativity, artistry, style and excellence.

This year, JA expanded the prizes to include 14 different categories after a record number of entries, it said Tuesday. A panel of judges chose the honorees from nearly 200 applicants, evaluating overall design, marketability, originality and manufacturing quality. That compares to just over 100 submissions in 2020.

“Jewelers of America’s CASE Awards design competition showcases the fine craftsmanship and talent of JA members across the country,” said JA spokesperson Amanda Gizzi. “Judging was incredibly difficult this year, as we had a wide variety of immensely talented jewelry designers enter in every category. The judges had to carefully consider the judging criteria, and it had to come down to the finest details to determine the winners.”

Winners receive a customized CASE award trophy and national and local media coverage.

The winners were as follows:

Engagement Rings Up to $5,000

Ben Bridge Jeweler
Seattle, WA
Designed by Angela Hope

Diamond engagement ring inspired by the sunrise, made of 14-karat palladium alloyed recycled white gold with baguette diamonds.

Engagement Rings $5,001 and Up

Omi Privé
West Covina, CA
Designed by Niveet Nagpal

Platinum ring featuring an oval, 8.86-carat, blue moonstone accented by pear-shaped Paraiba-type tourmalines, round Paraiba tourmalines and round diamonds.

Earrings Up to $5,000

Le Vian
Great Neck, NY
Designed by Eddie LeVian

14-karat yellow gold earrings with natural pink and white freshwater pearls and natural carved prehnite leaves.

Earrings $5,001 and Up

Graziela Gems
Highwood, IL
Designed by Graziela Kaufman

Blue sapphire earrings set in 18-karat blue rhodium gold.

Necklaces Up to $5,000

Lilly Street
Old Brookville, NY
Designed by Lynn Gambino

Mini Capulet necklace in 18-karat pink gold with natural Herkimer crystals and a ruby center.

Necklaces $5,001 and Up (tied)

Brody Designs
Stevens Point, WI
Designed by Mike Anderson

57-carat carved untreated Colorado blue topaz necklace in 14-karat white gold.

Schullin
Graz, Austria
Designed by Hans Schullin

Necklace made of red Mediterranean coral branches, silver sheen obsidian cabochons and brilliant-cut diamonds, set in 18-karat rose gold.

Bracelets Up to $5,000

Schullin
Graz, Austria
Designed by Hans Schullin

Green galuchat cuff with a branch of oval-cut, green tourmalines and brilliant-cut, white diamonds in 18-karat fair-trade rose gold.

Bracelets $5,001 and Up

Valani
New York, NY
Designed by Heena Shah

Bracelet in 18-karat white gold set with 14 brilliant-cut rubies, 30 trillion-cut rubies, 56 marquise-cut diamonds, 14 pear-shaped diamonds and 490 brilliant-cut diamonds.

Rings Up to $5,000

Steven Paul Designs
Delafield, WI
Designed by Steven Kistner

Prosthetic eye set in sterling silver with mechanism to open and close eye.

Rings $5,001 and Up

Alexandra Mor
New York, NY
Designed by Alexandra Mor

One-of-a-kind wide eternity band featuring hexagon-cut, 15.27-carat Muzo-mine Colombian emeralds and diamonds set in platinum on an 18-karat yellow gold Alexandra Mor logo gallery.

Pins/Brooches/Cufflinks (any price)

The Gem Vault
Flemington, NJ
Designed by Sharon Curtiss-Gal and William Brewer

Oregon Sunstones from the Dust Devil mine in Plush, Oregon, surrounded by pink spinels and accented by tsavorites and round diamonds in 18-karat yellow gold.

Wedding Bands Up to $5,000

Gabriel & Co.
New York, NY
Designed by Gabriel & Co.

14-karat white gold wide anniversary band with rough and baguette diamonds.

Wedding Bands $5,001 and Up

Le Vian
Great Neck, NY
Designed by Eddie LeVian

Platinum and 18-karat yellow gold accent ring with 18 natural fancy-light-yellow diamonds.

Other (non-jewelry items made of precious metals or stones, any price)

Samuel B Collection
Great Neck, NY
Designed by Samuel Behnam and Neda Benham

Oxidized sterling silver ballpoint pen with faceted black spinel endcap.

Image: The winning design by Niveet Nagpal for Omi Privé. (Jewelers of America)
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