JCK Design Center Designer Retailer Awards Winners Announced

Jun 21, 2010

Retailers excel in the display and sales of designer jewelry & are selected by the designers themselves

Eight 'Rising Star' Designers Debut at JCK Las Vegas

(NORWALK, CT - June 21) - - - The Design Center at JCK Las Vegas announced its Top 50 retailer choices for 2010/2011 at the fifth annual JCK Designer Retailer Awards ceremony held recently. The recipient of the top JCK Events Designer Retailer Award is DBS Jewelers, St. Michaels, MD . JCK Las Vegas is the annual, premiere jewelry trade event held in Las Vegas.

DBS Jewelers has been in business for over 20 years and offers custom jewelry fabrication and exclusive collections from internationally recognized designers.

The JCK Designer Retailer Awards recognized the Top 50 retailers based on the following three criteria: Educating the consumer on the quality and value of designer jewelry; displaying and merchandising designer products for maximum salability and thirdly, they are committed to fair business practices.

"Innovation, creativity and fresh design are what motivate consumers into purchasing jewelry," noted Yancy Weinrich, Industry Vice President, JCK Events. "The retailers who are recognized by the exhibitors in the Design Center are particularly attuned to and passionate about presenting, merchandising and selling designer jewelry. To be nominated as a Designer Retailer is quite an honor for these retailers."

The Top 5 Retail Designers earning recognition: Lily & Co., Sanibel, FL; Manika, San Francisco, CA; Reinhold, San Juan, PR; Worthmore Jewelers, Atlanta, GA.
The Top 10 Designer Retailers that received honors included: Sausalito Jewelers, Sausalito, CA; Gallery of Jewels, San Francisco, CA; Chardé Jewelers, Houston, TX; Clarkes Jewelers, Shreveport, LA; Lacy & Co., El Paso, TX.

The following retailers were recognized as part of the Top 50 Designer Retailer awards presentation: Addessi Jewelers, Ridgefield, CT; Bachendorf's, Dallas, TX; Ben Bridge, Seattle, WA; Borsheim's, Omaha, NE; Bowers Jewelers, La Jolla, CA; Burnell's , Wichita, KS; Congress Jewelers, Sanibel Island, FL; Dazzles, Charleston SC; DeScenza Diamonds, Boston, MA; Drostes, Evansville, IN; Duff's Fine Jewelry, Flower Mound, TX; Edmund T. Ahee, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI; Embellish, Chicago, IL; Frank Adams Jewelers, Albany, NY; G. Thrapp Jewelers, Indianapolis, IN; GBHeron Jewelers, Bellingham, WA; The Gifted Hand, Wellesley, MA; Gold Casters, Bloomington, IN; Hiller Jewelry, New Orleans; Hurst Berwyn, Berwyn, IL; I Gorman Jewelers, Washington, DC; J. Green Jewelers, San Antonio, TX; Kenneth Edwards Fine Jewelers , Little Rock, AR; LASKERS, Eau Claire, WI; Leonard Jewelry, Stillwater, OK; Lux Bond & Green, West Hartford, CT; Mystique Jewelers, Alexandria, VA; Olufson Designs, Corvallis, OR; Park City Jewelers, Park City, UT; Pierce Jewelers, Carmel, IN; Robert Goodman Jewelers, Zionsville, IN; Roth Jewelers, Waterloo, IA; Samuel Gordon Jewelers, Oklahoma City, OK; Stephen Miller Fine Jewelry, Shreveport, LA; Stephen Quick Jeweler, Chicago, IL; The Gem Collection, Tallahassee, FL; The Jewelry Vault, North Reading, MA; Tiny Jewel Box, Washington, DC; Von Bargen's, Hanover, NH; Windsor Fine Jewelers, Augusta, GA.

JCK Design Center also honored eight "Rising Star" designers whose work in jewelry made their national trade show debut at JCK Las Vegas this year: Laura Alexander; Katie Decker; Lauren Noelle Fiabane (Noelle Leone); Ellen Himic; Vanessa Leu (Vanessa Leu, LLC); Jolee Mickesh (Jewelry by Jolee, LLC); Chris Ploof and Michele Scholnick (Branch).

The Design Center at JCK offers a platform to showcase those new designers that have been selected by a jury of industry members specifically retailers, designers, magazine editors and public relations consultants. "Selecting the Rising Stars is a difficult process", says Weinrich, "because there is so much talent. We are proud to say that many of our previous winners have gone on to achieve great success in the marketplace."

ABOUT JCK EVENTS:

JCK Las Vegas 2011 will take place on June 3-6 with LUXURY by JCK, to take place May 31-June 2, 2011 (preceding JCK Las Vegas) and Swiss Watch by JCK, to be held June 2-6, 2011 at its new venue - Mandalay Bay. The series of JCK Events are designed to serve the worldwide jewelry industry by offering the most comprehensive and complete buying and selling opportunities on a business-to-business basis. For more information on any of the international JCK Events or to view the event's image and video galleries, please visit us at www.jckshows.com or simply call 1-800-257-3626.

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