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Friday, June 21, 2013

JCK's Design Center Announces Top 50 Retail Stores

JCK's Design Center Announces Top 50 Retail Stores

The Design Center at JCK Las Vegas held its 10th annual Designer Retailer Awards on Sunday, June 2 during JCK Las Vegas Jewelry Week. 1st place went to ZFolio Gallery in Monterey, CA, with 2nd place going to I. Gorman Jewelers, in Washington, D.C. and 3rd to Worthmore Jewelers, in Atlanta, GA. All 50 recipients were honored in the celebratory ceremony, culminating 3 days of enthusiasm for the Design Center's offerings and strong buying.

"This is truly a remarkable accomplishment, realizing that many of the recognized retailers have been in the business for generations," said Zdena Jiroutova of ZFolio. "ZFolio is new and fresh, and we are happy to represent over eighty designers from around the world."

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.

Rounding out the Top 5 Designer Retailers are: I. Gorman Jewelers in Washington, D.C.,Worthmore Jewelers in Atlanta, GA, Blue Stone Jewelers in Tahoe City, CA, and Amethyst in Bethesda, MD.
Rounding out the Top 10 Designer Retailers receiving honors are: Max's, St. Louis Park, MN;Sabbia, Chicago, IL; Steve Quick Jeweler, Chicago, IL; The Wedding Ring Shop, Honolulu, HI;Terra Firma Gallery, Sonoma, CA.

The following recipients were recognized as part of the Top 50 Designer Retailer Awards presentation: TWIST, Portland, OR; Greenwich Jewelers, New York, NY; Aspen Jewel Box, Aspen, CO; The Gifted Hand, Wellesley, MA; Blanca Flor Silver Jewelry, Annapolis, MD; DBS Jewelers, St. Michaels, MD; Dolphin Galleries, Wailea, HI; Good Inc., Boston, MA; Manika Jewelry, San Francisco, CA; Pagéo, Boston, MA; Roseark, Los Angeles, CA; Sharfmans Jewelers, Worcester, MA; Sterling Jewelers , Wethersfield, CT; Sorrel Sky Gallery, Durango, CO; The Laughing Dog Gallery, Vero Beach, FL; Squash Blossom, Vail, CO; A Thousand Faces, Nashville, TN; Tiny Jewel Box, Washington, D.C.; The Art Stop, Tacoma, WA; The Golden Tulip, St. John's, NL, Canada; Skyline Gallery, Tucson, AZ; Renee Taylor Gallery, Sedona, AZ; R. Grey Gallery, Boise, ID; Pinnacle Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ; Mystique, Alexandria, VA; Ladyfingers Jewelry, Carmel, CA; Left Bank Gallery, Wellfeleet, MA; La Galleria, Truckee, CA; Lux Bond & Green, West Hartford, CT; John Mays Jewelers, Fort Smith, AR; J.C. Sipe Jewelers, Indianapolis, IN; Gold Bug, Pasadena, CA; Gallery of Jewels, San Francisco, CA; Design House, Waco, TX;Day's Jewelers, Waterville, ME; Henry's Trading Post, Cape May, NJ; Lionshead Jewelers, Vail, CO; Marilyn's Style, Pentwater, MI; The Nautical Rooster, Old Saybrook, CT; Uno Alla Volta, North Branford, CT.

About The Design Center: A part of the JCK Las Vegas show, The Design Center is THE destination for unique handcrafted pieces from up and coming designers and the latest collections from established jewelry artists from around the world. The Rising Star program in the Design Center showcases five jewelry designers making their debut in a major North American jewelry show. The Design Center Top 50 Retailer Awards is sponsored each year by Berkley Asset Protection, a leader in insurance solutions for the industry.

JCK is a trusted partner connecting jewelry retailers and manufacturers/suppliers with trends, news, products, education, and partners to build business. Whether attending face-to-face events, building inventory with online and onsite sourcing or obtaining authoritative news and insights from JCK, the leading industry magazine in print & online, JCK offers a suite of tools, events, and information to deliver sound solutions, innovative opportunities, and essential information. Mark your calendars as JCK Events presents its portfolio of upcoming buying opportunities:

--LUXURY Privé New YorkJuly 29 - 31, 2013 - New York, The Pierre Hotel, Fifth Avenue
--LUXURY Privé PanamaAugust 26 - 28, 2013 - Panama City, Panama, Westin Playa Bonita
--JCK TucsonFebruary 3 - 8, 2014 - Tucson, JW Marriot Starr Pass Resort
--LUXURY and Elite EnclaveMay 27 - 29, 2014, by invitation only, and then continues as the events
open their doors to all JCK retailers May 30- June 2, 2014 - Four Seasons, THEhotel, Mandalay Bay
--Swiss Watch: May 30 - June 2, 2014 - Mandalay Bay, THEhotel, Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental
--JCK Las Vegas: May 30 - June 2, 2014 - Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

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