GALLERY OF PAST WINNERS

For two decades, Jewelers of America's National Design Competition has honored the talent of independent jewelers. Below are the winners from our most recent competitions.

2014

All categories are retail value
BEST IN SHOW
Belinda Vartenuk - Abshire and Haylan
Moonstone, sapphires, diamonds in 18K gold
Belinda Vartenuk
Abshire and Haylan
Stow, OH
Buyers' Choice
Sherry Shifley & Tom Organ - Perry’s at Southpark
Men’s ring with 42 pavé set diamonds in 14K gold
Sherry Shifley & Tom Organ
Perry’s at Southpark
Charlotte, NC
JEWELRY TO $2,000
Susan Drake - Spectrum Art and Jewelry
14K white gold ring, pear chalcedony & diamonds
Susan Drake
Spectrum Art and Jewelry
Wilmington, NC
JEWELRY $2,001 TO $5,000
Craig Underwood,Becki Lamascus, Tom Weishaar
18K gold ring with 32 diamonds
Craig Underwood,
Becki Lamascus
& Tom Weishaar

Underwood’s Fine Jewelers
Fayetteville, AR
JEWELRY $5,001 TO $10,000
Chris Roussel - Roussel’s Fine Jewelry
14K rose gold ring, 2.33-carat chocolate diamond
Chris Roussel
Roussel’s Fine Jewelry
Gramercy, LA
JEWELRY OVER $10,000
Belinda Vartenuk - Abshire and Haylanr
Moonstone, sapphires, diamonds in 18K gold
Belinda Vartenuk
Abshire and Haylan
Stow, OH



2013

Buyers’ Choice Best OF Show

Cufflinks with watermelon 
tourmaline and diamonds - Michael Agnello, Tammi Lauri & Brian Reynolds - Michael Agnello Jewelers
Cufflinks with watermelon
tourmaline
Michael Agnello, Tammy Lauri & Brian Reynolds
Michael Agnello Jewelers; St. Clair Shores, MI
Women’s Jewelry Under $2,000 Retail
Druzy quartz pendant - Christopher P. Eiland - Sartor Hamann
First Place
Druzy quartz pendant
Christopher P. Eiland
Sartor Hamann;
Lincoln, NE
18K rose, green and white gold ring with 43 diamonds - Ziad H. Noshie -Almaza Jewelers
Buyers' Choice
18K rose, green and white gold ring with 43 diamonds
Ziad H. Noshie
Almaza Jewelers;
Houston, TX
3-carat beryl pendant - Randall R. Hurt - AVA Goldworks
Second Place
3-carat beryl pendant
Randall R. Hurt
AVA Goldworks;
Hannibal, MO
Women’s Jewelry $2,000 to $5,000 Retail
Fancy yellow & white diamond drop earrings - Melanie Yadegar - Jahan Diamond Imports
First Place &
Buyer's Choice

Fancy yellow & white diamond drop earrings
Melanie Yadegar
Jahan Diamond Imports;
San Francisco, CA
Cameo pendant with diamonds set in white gold - Richard Melancon - Melancon Jewelers
Second Place
Cameo pendant with diamonds set in white gold
Richard Melancon,
Melancon Jewelers;
Abbeville, LA
Women’s Jewelry Over $5,000 Retail
14K yellow and white gold and diamond pendant - Scott Anderson
First Place
14K yellow and white gold and diamond pendant
Scott Anderson
Union Diamond;
Atlanta, GA
Pin with rubies, diamonds & pearl - Michael Agnello Jewelers
Buyers' Choice
Pin with rubies, diamonds & pearl
Michael Agnello, Tammy Lauri & Brian Reynolds
Michael Agnello Jewelers; St. Clair Shores, MI
Raffi Kendirjian, Giraux Fine Jewelry
Second Place
3.39-carat tanzanite ring set with 22K granulated gold
Faye Kim
Faye Kim Designs;
Westport, CT
Silver Jewelry
Tahara Butterfly Cuff” - Michael Taher - Jewelry by Michael Taher
First Place
Sterling silver “Tahara Butterfly Cuff”
Michael Taher
Jewelry by Michael Taher;
East Rutherford, NJ
Sterling silver necklace with 157.07 carats of blue topaz - Diana Vincent - Diana Vincent Inc.
Buyers' Choice
Sterling silver necklace with 157.07 carats of blue topaz
Diana Vincent
Diana Vincent Inc.;
Washington Crossing, PA
Oxidized sterling silver, 14K rose and white gold earrings - Randall R. Hurt - AVA Goldworks
Second Place
Oxidized sterling silver, 14K rose and white gold earrings
Randall R. Hurt
AVA Goldworks;
Hannibal, MO
Palladium Jewelry
19.43-carat aquamarine and palladium pendant surrounded by 2.52cttw diamonds and a pearl - Randall R. Hurt - AVA Goldworks
First Place
19.43-carat aquamarine, pearl and palladium pendant
Randall R. Hurt,
AVA Goldworks;
Hannibal, MO
3.76-carat aquamarine ring with 16 diamonds set in palladium - Dennis deJonghe - deJonghe original jewelry
Buyers' Choice
3.76-carat aquamarine ring with 16 diamonds set in palladium
Dennis deJonghe
deJonghe orginal jewelry; Saratoga Springs, NY
Men's Jewelry
3.5-carat ruby, diamond and 18K gold ring - Yan Shu Djap - Sunshine Jewelry Inc.
First Place
3.5-carat ruby, diamond and 18K gold ring
Yan Shu Djap
Sunshine Jewelry Inc.
; Philadelphia, PA
Cufflinks with watermelon tourmaline and diamonds - Michael Agnello, Tammi Lauri & Brian Reynolds - Michael Agnello Jewelers
Buyers' Choice
Butterfly cufflinks
Michael Agnello, Tammy Lauri & Brian Reynolds
Michael Agnello Jewelers; St. Clair Shores, MI



2012

Buyers’ Choice Best OF Show

Michael Agnello & Tammi Lauri, Michael Agnello Jewelers
Michael Agnello & Tammy Lauri,
Michael Agnello Jewelers;
St. Clair Shores, MI
Women’s Jewelry Under $2,000 Retail
Thomas C. Dailing, Lee Ayers Jewelers
First Place
Thomas C. Dailing,
Lee Ayers Jewelers;
Stevens Point, WI
Keith Pearce, Bay Design Custom Jewelers
Buyers' Choice
Keith Pearce,
Bay Design Custom Jewelers;
Janesville, WI
Brandy Hurt, AVA Goldworks
Second Place
Brandy Hurt,
AVA Goldworks;
Hannibal, MO
Women’s Jewelry $2,000 to $5,000 Retail
Daniel Allen, C. Kirk Root Designs
First Place
Daniel Allen,
C. Kirk Root Designs;
Austin, TX
Michael Agnello & Tammi Lauri, Michael Agnello Jewelers
Buyer's Choice
Michael Agnello & Tammi Lauri,
Michael Agnello Jewelers;
St. Clair Shores, MI
Thomas C. Dailing, Lee Ayers Jewelers
Second Place
Thomas C. Dailing,
Lee Ayers Jewelers;
Stevens Point, WI
Women’s Jewelry Over $5,000 Retail
Raffi Kendirjian, Giraux Fine Jewelry
First Place
Raffi Kendirjian,
Giraux Fine Jewelry;
San Francisco, CA
Frank Caballero, Albert's Fine Jewelers
Second Place &
Buyers' Choice

Frank Caballero,
Albert's Fine Jewelers;
Miami, FL
Entry Platinum Jewelry
Don Fernandes, Vail Creek Jewelry Designs
First Place
Don Fernandes,
Vail Creek Jewelry Designs;
Turlock, CA
Craig Underwood & Tom Weishaar, Underwood's Fine Jewelers
Buyers' Choice
Craig Underwood & Tom Weishaar,
Underwood's Fine Jewelers;
Fayetteville, AR
Palladium Jewelry
Brandy Hurt, AVA Goldworks
First Place
Brandy Hurt,
AVA Goldworks;
Hannibal, MO
Dennis deJonghe, deJonghe orginal jewelry
Buyers' Choice
Dennis deJonghe,
deJonghe orginal jewelry;
Saratoga Springs, NY
Silver Jewelry
Stephen Spicer, Spicer & Company
First Place
Stephen Spicer,
Spicer & Company;
Cookeville, TN
Randall R. Hurt, AVA Goldworks
Buyers' Choice
Randall R. Hurt,
AVA Goldworks;
Hannibal, MO
Men's Jewelry
Ziad H. Noshie, Almaza Jewelers
First Place &
Buyers' Choice

Ziad H. Noshie,
Almaza Jewelers;
Houston, TX
Alternative-Materials Jewelry
Karin Burg, Corner Studio Jewelers
First Place
Karin Burg,
Corner Studio Jewelers;
Sheboygan Falls, WI
Dennis deJonghe, deJonghe orginal jewelry
Buyers' Choice
Dennis deJonghe,
deJonghe orginal jewelry;
Saratoga Springs, NY



2011
Buyers’ Choice Best in Show
Brandy Hurt, AVA Goldworks
Brandy Hurt,
AVA Goldworks;
Hannibal, MO
Women’s Jewelry Under $2,000 Retail
Stephen Spicer, Spicer and Company
First Place
Stephen Spicer,
Spicer and Company;
Cookeville, TN
Ziad H. Noshie, Almaza Jewelers
Third Place
Ziad H. Noshie,
Almaza Jewelers;
Houston, TX
Glenn Clark, Glenn Clark
Second Place
Glenn Clark,
Glenn Clark;
Germantown, TN
Mary Beth Morgan Conwell & Scott Weaver, Ray Jewelers
Buyers’ Choice
Mary Beth Morgan Conwell & Scott Weaver,
Ray Jewelers;
Elmira, NY
Women’s Jewelry $2,000 to $5,000 Retail
Jennifer Whitekiller, Naifeh Fine Jewelry
First Place
Jennifer Whitekiller,
Naifeh Fine Jewelry;
Oklahoma City, OK
Ben S. Curtis, trillion rubellite medallion
Third Place
Rita M. Ward,
Lyle Husar Designs;
Brookfield, WI
Ziad H. Noshie, Almaza Jewelers
Second Place
Ziad H. Noshie,
Almaza Jewelers;
Houston, TX
Brandy Hurt, AVA Goldworks
Buyers’ Choice
Brandy Hurt,
AVA Goldworks;
Hannibal, MO
Women’s Jewelry Over $5,000 Retail
Ziad H. Noshie, Almaza Jewelers
First Place
Ziad H. Noshie,
Almaza Jewelers;
Houston, TX
Leo A. Fried, Blue Heron Jewelry Company
Third Place & Buyers’ Choice
Leo A. Fried,
Blue Heron Jewelry Company;
Poulsbo, WA
Cory Vetta, Carleo Creations, Inc.s
Second Place
Cory Vetta,
Carleo Creations, Inc.;
Pueblo, CO
Silver Jewelry
Elizabeth Buenaventura, Martin Kirschenbaum
First Place
Elizabeth Buenaventura,
Martin Kirschenbaum Inc.;
New York, NY
Emily Jones, Art Metals Studio
Third Place & Buyers’ Choice
Emily Jones,
Art Metals Studio;
Racine, WI
Michael Taher, Jewelry by Michael Taher
Second Place
Michael Taher,
Jewelry by Michael Taher;
East Rutherford, NJ
Alternative-Materials Jewelry
Dennis deJonghe, deJonghe Original Jewelry
First Place & Buyers’ Choice
Dennis deJonghe,
deJonghe Original Jewelry;
Saratoga Springs, NY
Ben S. Curtis, trillion rubellite medallion
Second Place
Stephen Spicer,
Spicer and Company;
Cookeville, TN
Men’s Jewelry
Chris Ahee, Edmund T. Ahee Jewelers
First Place & Buyers’ Choice
Chris Ahee,
Edmund T. Ahee Jewelers;
Grosse Point Woods, MI
Yan Shu Djap, Sunshine Jewelry
Third Place
Yan Shu Djap,
Sunshine Jewelry;
Philadelphia, PA
Randall Hurt, AVA Goldworks
Second Place
Randall Hurt,
AVA Goldworks;
Hannibal, MO
All photos by Karen Janowski of Diamond Vision Services, except the image of Jennifer Whitekiller’s piece taken by Quadras Integrated.




2010

Bernie Benavidez, tanzanite pendant
Buyer’s Choice Award
Bernie Benavidez,
Master Jewelers;
Rochester, MN
5.64-carat “Royal Silk Blue” tanzanite pendant.
Ben S. Curtis, trillion rubellite medallion
Category II ($1,001 & $3,000)
Ben S. Curtis,
Kelley Jewelers;
Weatherford, OK
A trillion rubellite medallion pendant.
Treva Roberts, tourmalinated quartz pendant
Category I ($1,000 & Under)
Treva Roberts,
None Other Goldsmiths;
Gahanna, OH
A 9.44-carat tourmalinated quartz pendant.
Ziad H. Noshie, jewelry set in mother of pearl
Category III ($3,001 & Over)
Ziad H. Noshie,
Almaza Jewelers;
Houston, TX
Handmade jewelry set featuring mother of pearl and multi-colored sapphires.
2010 photos by Karen Janowski of Diamond Vision Services




2009

Mark Abbott, Hand-sculpted black jade pendant
Buyer’s Choice Award
Mark Abbott,
Mark Abbott Jewelers;
Powell, OH
Hand-sculpted black jade pendant with diamond and opals.
Jason Baskin, 21.54-carat African cuprian tourmaline
Category III ($3,001 & Over)
Jason Baskin,
The Gem Vault;
Flemington, NJ
14K white gold pendant with a 21.54-carat African cuprian tourmaline.
Jonathan Smiddy, A rutilated quartz pendant
Category I ($1,000 & Under)
Jonathan Smiddy,
Regan Jewelers;
Garden City, KS
A rutilated quartz pendant.
Randall R. Hurt, Tahitian pearl necklace
Category III ($3,001 & Over)
Randall R. Hurt,
AVA Goldworks;
Hannibal, MO
Tahitian pearl necklace with oyster-like pendant.
Bill Wismar, Handmade 14K gold necklace
Category II ($1,001 – $3,000)
Bill Wismar,
Metal Benders Jewelry Gallery;
Fairhope, AL
Handmade 14K gold necklace with gemstones and pavé diamonds.
2009 photos by Karen Janowski of Diamond Vision Services




2008
Dale Hurt, Pendant with tanzanite
Buyer’s Choice Award
Dale Hurt,
Gold-N-Designs;
Lee’s Summit, MO
Pendant with tanzanite, pink tourmaline, opal doublet and diamonds.
Joel Wiland, Large blue topaz pendant
Category II ($1,001 – $3,000)
Joel Wiland,
J. David Jewelry;
Broken Arrow, OK
Large blue topaz pendant on white-gold omega chain.
Steven Kistner, 14K white gold gentleman’s ring
Category I ($1,000 & Under)
Steven Kistner,
Steven Paul Designs;
Delafield, WI
14K white gold gentleman’s ring inlayed with black onyx and diamonds.

Ziad H. Noshie, Necklace and earrings
Category III ($3,001 and Over)
Ziad H. Noshie,
Almaza Jewelers;
Houston, TX
Necklace and earrings with more than 600 pavé-set diamonds and freshwater pearls.





2007
David Holloway, Yellow and white gold pendant
Buyer’s Choice Award & Category I ($1,000 and Under)
David Holloway,
Swift’s Jewelry;
Fayetteville, AR
Yellow and white gold pendant with amethyst trillion, tanzanite and diamonds.
Gerard Faini, Ring in 18K
Category III ($3,001 and Over)
Gerard Faini,
Faini Designs Jewelry Studio;
Sioux Falls, SD
Ring in 18K white and yellow gold, with natural fancy yellow diamond.
Marcus Gillihan, Ring in 14K white gold
Category II ($1,001 – $3,000)
Marcus Gillihan,
Shelton Jewelers;
Albuquerque, NM
Ring in 14K white gold with tourmaline and diamonds.

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