5th Jun 2014
JCK’S Jewelry Design Winners – Full Report
This year’s Jewelers’ Choice Awards 2014 grand prize winner was San Francisco’s Yeal Designs for its splendid 18k rose gold ring, set with a 14.09 ct. Morganite center. It was bordered by 2.36 cts. t.w. vibrant diamonds. The Jewelers’ Choice Awards was created by JCK magazine in 2008, to award the best jewelry designs and to let the top retailers vote for their favorites.
Another 2014 Award Winner was the Nelson Jewellery 18k yellow gold drop earrings. The earrings followed a flower motif, with a gold flower in the center and with smaller petals and diamonds around it. These chandelier earrings won for the “Best Price Point $501-$1000” category.
The “2014 Best Bridal Design Over $10,000” also attracted much attention. Named the “Omi Privé,” this brilliant platinum engagement ring had a 3.5 ct. radiant-cut blue sapphire as the center stone of this dazzling ring. The center was framed by 0.82 ct. t.w. glittering diamonds and 0.31 ct. t.w. round sapphires. This ring was valued at $18,500.
The “Best Necklace Design Over $10,000” was awarded to Simon G. Jewelry’s 8.05 cts. t.w. green tourmaline, 18k white gold necklace. This emerald green drop necklace was brilliantly surrounded by 1.23 cts. t.w. marquise-cut diamonds, 0.13 ct. t.w. pear-shape diamonds, and 0.89 ct. t.w. princess-cut diamonds. This necklace was valued at $28,820.
Another favorite was in the “Colored Stone Jewelry $2,501 – $10,000” category from Parlé Jewelry Designs. This 18k gold ring had a rare, one-of-a-kind 1.82 ct. Australian opal in the center encircled by 0.35 ct. t.w. round brilliant diamonds. The opal ring was valued at $5,425.
These are only a few of the favorites and original designs. Jewelers’ Choice prizes awarded jewelry in 18 categories, which included diamonds, colored gemstones, pearls, tanzanites, gold, silver, platinum, mixed metals, men’s, personalized, fashion jewelry, contemporary metals, and price point, each divided into price levels. The merchandise included bridal, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and rings. The Jewelers’ Choice Awards was created to encourage designers to be innovative with new, salable designs, which retailers would vote on. The winning designs are then publicized and can be showcased in top jewelry stores across the nation.