May 2004

Professional Insider/In the Industry

JA Design Contest Winners

Jewelers of America named four winners in the 14th annual JA Affiliate Design Competition. The contest featured 31 entries that won JA affiliate design contests in the previous year. All jewelry in the national competition was created by JA members or employees of JA member stores. The entries were displayed and judged at JAs booth at the JA Show in January.

Entries were divided into three categories, according to the cost of material used. Each entry was evaluated on four criteria: craftsmanship, marketability, practicality/wearability and overall design. The Buyers Choice Award was determined by separate balloting of attendees at the show.

Category I ($1,000 and under)

Jason Baskin of The Gem Vault, Flemington, NJ, representing the New Jersey Jewelers Association. His 18k pendant features a 10.05-ct. millennium-cut green tourmaline and diamonds on a multistrand 18k gold neck wire.

Category II ($1,001 to $3,000)

Jack Demerjian of J. Demere Designs, Livonia, MI, representing the Michigan Jewelers Association. Demerjians 18k yellow and white gold necklace holds a 12.52-ct. bicolor citrine, 67 white diamonds and 67 yellow diamonds.

Category III
($3,001 and over)

Brian Quigley of G.M. Pollack & Sons, Rockland, ME, representing the Maine Jewelers Association. His platinum bracelet has a 4.92-ct. green tourmaline, six akoya cultured pearls and diamond melee.

Buyers Choice Award

Tommy Aucoin Sr. of Aucoin Hart Jewelers, Metairie, LA, representing the Jewelers of Louisiana. Aucoins 18k and platinum ring features a 4.51-ct. natural fancy yellow diamond and two radiant diamonds.

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