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2016 Annual Jewelry Design Contest Results Announced

Georgia Jewelers Association held their annual jewelry design contest in Opelika, Alabama, on April 3. The event took place during the group's annual convention at the Marriott Grand National Resort and RTJ Golf Trail. The competition was open to all members of the GJA and their employees and is held to offer an opportunity to showcase design talent and craftsmanship for the retail jeweler.
The convention was jointly hosted for the 8th year by GJA and Alabama Jewelers Association. This partnership has helped both state's associations stay strong and vital when once per year the members of the two states meet at a location along their common border for fellowship, learning and networking.
This year's Tommy Barr Best of Show Award went to: David Meadows of Art Jewelers, Woodstock. Meadows entry was a 22 KYG Green Rutilated Quartz and Diamond Pendant. The top honor is named for a longtime member and past president of GJA that did much to promote the event and the association.

The Jewelers Choice Award went to Christopher Lange of Thornton's Fine Jewelry, Athens, Lange entered a 14WG and GG Diamond "Cherokee Rose" Necklace. The Jewelers Choice Award is determined from the voting of everyone in attendance at the convention.

First place and second places winners were announced in four categories. The categories were based on a sliding scale of metals and dollar values. Three independent judges scrutinized the entries in each category and select their first and second place winners.

Category 1A - First Place: Johnny Johnson, Edward-Johns Jewelers, Marietta, 18 KYG and S/S Earrings. Category 1A - Second Place: Heather Seely, Edward-Johns Jewelers, Marietta, S/S Meteorite and Lapis Earrings.

Category 1B - First Place: Haley Mongeon, David Douglas Diamonds, Marietta, 14 KYG & WG Rhodalite Garnet and Diamond Ring. Category 1B - Second Place: Abigail Fincannon, David Douglas Diamonds, 14KYG Diamond Earrings.

Category 2 - First Place: Johnny Johnson, Edward-Johns Jewelers, Marietta, 14 KYG Golden Tahitian Pearl and Diamond Pendant. Category 2 - Second Place: David Meadows, Art Jewelers, Woodstock, 14 KWG & YG Diamond Earrings.

Category 3 - First Place: David Meadows, Art Jewelers, Woodstock, 14 KWG Diamond Ring. Category 3 - Second Place: Johnny Johnson, Edward-Johns Jewelers, Platinum Diamond Ring.

Jewelry Design Competition 2016
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Best of Show
David Meadows of Art Jewelers, Woodstock
Jewelers Choice
Christopher Lange of Thornton's Fine Jewelry, Athens
Category 1A - 1st Place
Johnny Johnson, Edward-Johns Jewelers, Marietta
Category 2 - 1st Place
Johnny Johnson, Edward-Johns Jewelers, Marietta
Category 3 - 1st Place
David Meadows, Art Jewelers, Woodstock
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