Here Are the 2022 CASE Award Winners
Five designer members and five supplier members received the honors in Jewelers of America’s annual design competition.
The awards recognize JA members who exhibit creativity, artistry, style, and excellence in jewelry design.
First place winners of the competition were chosen out of more than 140 entries in eight categories.
One retail member winner and one supplier member winner were chosen in each of the following categories: jewelry up to $2,000; jewelry $2,001 to $5,000; jewelry $5,001 to $10,000; and jewelry $10,001 to $50,000.
One retailer and one supplier entry were also named “Best in Show.”
“The CASE Awards has a rich history of shining a spotlight on custom design and craftsmanship from Jewelers of America Members nationwide,” said Amanda Gizzi, spokesperson for Jewelers of America.
“The work of bench jewelers and jewelry designers is an essential part of the jewelry experience, and the work of these talented Jewelers of America members contributes to a positive experience and enhanced consumer confidence.”
Winners were chosen by a panel of judges, who evaluated the entries based on four criteria: overall design, marketability, originality, and quality of manufacture.
The judges were Jeffery Bolling, Jeffery B. Jewelers; Brecken Branstrator, National Jeweler; Deirdre Featherstone, Featherstone Design; Amanda Gizzi, Jewelers of America; Jennifer Heebner, JenniferHeebner.com; and Adrianne Sanogo, Black in Jewelry Coalition and GIA Graduate Gemologist.
All winners will get a customized CASE Award trophy and media coverage.
See the winners in the slideshow below.
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