Norwalk, CT (June 14, 2012) – The Design Center at JCK Las Vegas held its 9th annual Designer Retailer Awards on Sunday June 3rd during JCK Las Vegas Jewelry Week. 1st place was awarded to The Clay Pot, the Brooklyn, NY institution of over 40 years, with 49 other stores also receiving accolades. The event was a celebratory culmination of what was regarded as a highly successful showing by Design Center exhibitors.
"We were absolutely thrilled to be presented with the award for the best designer retailer. We have always championed the work of innovative, up and coming designers and it is an honor to work with their exquisite products," said Tara Silberburg from The Clay Pot. "We are so pleased that they have recognized us for our efforts."
The Design Center's Designer Retailer Awards were created to spotlight retail stores who have exceeded the standards of excellence in the promotion, merchandising and sales of designer jewelry. The specific criteria for which the top 50 were chosen include: educating the consumer on the quality and value of designer jewelry; displaying and merchandising designer products for maximum salability and finally, their commitment to fair business practices. This year's award ceremony was sponsored by Berkley Asset Protection, a leader in insurance solutions for the industry.
The Top 5 Designer Retailers earning recognition are as follows: I. Gorman Jewelers, Washington D.C.; Bergdorf Goodman, New York, NY; Twist, Portland, OR; Z Folio Gallery, Monterey, CA.
The Top 10 Designer Retailers receiving honors included: Deep Blue Sea Jewelers, St. Michael, MD; Worthmore Jewelers, Atlanta, GA, Hummingbird Jewelers, Rhineback, NY; Art FX Fine Jewelry, Ashland, OR; Blanca Flor, Annapolis, MD.
The following recipients were recognized as part of the Top 50 Designer Retailer Awards presentation: Bachendorf's, Dallas, TX; Be on Park, Winter Park, FL; Beauchamp Jewelers, Alberquerque, NM; Bluestone Jewelry, Tahoe City, CA; Day's Jewelers, Waterville, ME; De Novo, Palo Alto, CA; DeScenza Diamonds, Boston, MA; Deva Fine Jewelry, Winston Salem, NC; Diamonds' n Dunes, Kitty Hawk, NC; Elinoff & Co., Telluride, CO; G. Thrapp Jewelers, Indianapolis, IN; Gallery of Jewels, San Francisco, CA; Goldsmith Gallery, Sitka, AK; Grebitus & Sons Jewelers, Sacramento, CA; Greenwich Jewelers, New York, NY; Hamilton Hill Jewelry, Durham, NC; Higashi Jewelry & Eyewear, Lemoyne, PA; HSN-Jewelry Designer Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL; Jerry Szor Contemporary Jewelry, Dallas, TX; Jewelry Art, Hudson, OH; Jewelry Designs, Danbury, CT; Joe Escobar Diamonds, Campbell, CA; Johannes-Hunter Jewelers, Colorado Springs, CO; Joseph's Jewelers, W. Des Moines, IA; Ladyfingers, Carmel, CA; Long's Jewelers, Burlington, MA; Louis Anthony Jewelers, Pittsburg, PA; Manika Jewelry, San Francisco, CA; Max's, St. Louis Park, MN; Nellie Bly II, Jerome, AZ; Olufson Designs, Corvallis, OR; Oster Jewelers, Denver, CO; Patronik Designs, Burlingame, CA; Pinnacle Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ; Pistachios, Chicago, IL; Skeie's Jewelers, Eugene, OR; Tillman's Antiques & Collectibles, Hot Springs, AZ; Tiny Jewel Box, Washington, D.C.; Verace, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands; Ylang Ylang, St. Louis, MI.
About The Design Center: A part of the JCK Las Vegas show, The Design Center is THE destination for unique designs from up and coming designers and the latest collections from established jewelry artists. The Rising Stars showcase here, representing new talent from around the globe, and the scope of finished jewelry in this section is unmatched, with many handcrafted artisan pieces on display.
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