2018 Jewelers' Choice Awards Official Rules

ELIGIBILITY

a) Eligible Entrants: The 2018 JCK Jewelers' Choice Awards (the "Awards") is open to businesses and individuals engaged in the design and manufacture of jewelry for retail distribution. Persons submitting an entry on behalf of a business must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry and must be properly authorized to enter on behalf of such business. Individuals who enter must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees (and their immediate families and household members) of Reed Exhibitions, a division of RELX Inc. (“Sponsor”), its parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, or any other companies sponsoring the Awards are not eligible. Void where prohibited by law.

b) Eligible Pieces: To be eligible, the jewelry piece must (i) be commercially available, (ii) be an original design, and (iii) meet the requirements (general and specific) for each category in which it is entered. The category requirements are set forth below.

GENERAL CATEGORY REQUIREMENTS

  • Each entry must comply with the FTC Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries.
  • Each piece entered must be commercially available. A one-of-a-kind piece may be entered as long as it is commercially available.
  • Prototypes and/or CAD drawings will be disqualified. Submit photos of finished jewelry only.
  • Semi-mounts should be shown with center stone so that voters can see the design. You must indicate in the description if the price is for the semi-mount only. The category selected for a semi-mount should be based on the price of the semi-mount only, exclusive of center stone.
  • All natural (i.e., mined) diamond jewelry must comply with the Kimberley Process system of warranties.

SPECIFIC CATEGORY REQUIREMENTS

  • DIAMOND JEWELRY: Natural diamonds only. Lab-grown stones will not be accepted. All treatments (e.g., lasering, HPHT) must be disclosed.
  • COLORED DIAMOND JEWELRY: Natural colored diamonds only. Lab-grown stones will not be accepted. All treatments (e.g., lasering, HPHT) must be disclosed.
  • COLORED STONE JEWELRY: Natural stones only. All treatments must be disclosed. Lab-grown and synthetic stones will not be accepted for this category.
  • LAB-GROWN DIAMOND AND/OR GEMSTONE JEWELRY: Jewelry containing lab-grown or man-made diamonds and gemstones.
  • TANZANITE JEWELRY: Natural stones only. No coated or simulant stones accepted.
  • PEARL JEWELRY: All treatments must be disclosed. Must indicate natural vs. cultured pearl.
  • PLATINUM JEWELRY: Designs must be 100 percent platinum of 850 parts or higher.
  • GOLD JEWELRY: Must be 14k gold or higher. Yellow, white, rose, and multi-tone all qualify. Entries should be primarily gold; while other materials may be incorporated into the jewelry, they should not exceed 35 percent of the design.
  • SILVER JEWELRY: Must be sterling (.925) or fine silver (.999). Entries should be primarily silver; while other materials may be incorporated into the jewelry, they should not exceed 35 percent of the design.
  • CONTEMPORARY METAL JEWELRY: Must be composed of tungsten, titanium, or stainless steel. Entries should be primarily metal; while other materials may be incorporated into the jewelry, they should not exceed 35 percent of the design.
  • FASHION/BRIDGE JEWELRY: Jewelry designed with price point and trend appeal, composed of gold-plated silver, base metals, and other non-precious materials and featuring crystals or semi-precious gemstones.
  • MIXED METAL JEWELRY: Must contain a minimum of two metals; while other materials may be incorporated into the jewelry, they should not exceed 35 percent of the design.
  • PERSONALIZED JEWELRY: Includes beads, charms, inspirational, and message jewelry.
  • BEST BRIDAL DESIGN: Category consists of anniversary bands, engagement rings, wedding bands, commitment rings, and three-ring wedding sets.

 

HOW TO ENTER

Entries will be accepted online at jewelerschoiceawards.com.

  • Entries due by 11:59 p.m. ET, November 17, 2017.
  • For an entry to be complete, it must include (1) a completed entry form (complete all fields); (2) photographs that meet the Photo Submission Requirements stated on the entry form; and (3) entry fee payment calculated in accordance with the Entry/Processing Fees table set forth on the entry form.
  • Late and incomplete entries will be disqualified. Once a submission is made, no additional or replacement photography or copy will be accepted.
  • You may submit as many entries as you’d like, and you may enter a piece in multiple categories. Each category entry requires a separate entry form, photo submission, and fee (e.g., a single piece entered in both the Diamond Jewelry Under $2,500 category and the Gold Jewelry Under $2,500 category will require a separate entry form, photo, and fee for each category).

SELECTION OF FINALISTS AND WINNERS

WINNERS will be determined via voting by jewelry retailers on a secure JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards website. Photos from your submission will be posted for viewing and voting.  All voting will be anonymous. Any attempts to compromise the anonymity of voting will result in disqualification. The top three (3) vote-getters in each category will be deemed “finalists.”

FINALISTS will be notified in March, 2018. Finalists may be required to submit their entered piece for physical inspection. Jewelry must be sent via insured, registered mail, postage prepaid, return receipt requested, or insured overnight courier. Failure to submit jewelry may result in disqualification. Any piece that, upon inspection, is determined in Sponsor’s sole discretion not to qualify for the category in which the piece was entered will be disqualified from that category.

CATEGORY AWARD WINNERS

From among the finalists in each category, the recipient of the most votes will receive the Jewelers’ Choice Award for such category. Winners will be notified in March, 2018.

GRAND PRIZE AWARD WINNER

  • The entry that receives the most votes as the retailers’ overall favorite will receive the prestigious Grand Prize Award. The Grand Prize Award winner will be notified in March, 2018.
  • Grand Prize winner must send their winning piece to be photographed for inclusion in the magazine.

A list of category award winners will be posted on our website, jckonline.com, after the announcement in May, 2018.

PRIZES

  • All category award-winning pieces will be featured in the May 2018 issue of JCK Magazine.
  • Winners and finalists will be featured in JCK’s “Best of the Best” Jewelers’ Choice Awards Supplement, mailed with the May 2018 issue. The supplement will also mail to 6,000+ storefronts as part of the 2018 JCK Las Vegas Pre-Show Planning Package.
  • All category award winners and finalists will receive a JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award logo and collateral materials to promote their winning piece.
  • The Grand Prize Award-winning piece will be shown on the cover of JCK magazine.

GENERAL RULES

a) Entries that do not comply with all of these rules will be disqualified.

b) By submitting your entry, you grant Sponsor the right and license to reproduce, publish, distribute, and display your entry materials, and portions thereof, in any of its JCK publications in all media, and advertising the same, and you represent and warrant:

i. that the work depicted in your entry is your own original creation, that Sponsor’s use and publication of your entry materials will not infringe upon or otherwise violate any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other intellectual property right, any right of publicity, privacy, or other personal right or any law, rule, or regulation;

ii. that the information provided on your Payment Form and Entry Form is accurate and complete;

iii. that you have obtained all necessary license and releases from persons depicted in, or involved in creating (including photographers), your entry materials listed on your Entry Form so that Sponsor will not incur any obligation or liability to them based upon its use or publication of your entry materials.

c) Entry materials (other than actual jewelry pieces) will not be returned.

d) Sponsor is not liable for lost, stolen, illegible, misdirected, damaged, or mutilated entries. Entry fee is nonrefundable and will not be returned (even if your entry is determined to be ineligible or disqualified) unless competition is canceled or postponed by Sponsor.

e) Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or postpone all or portions of the competition for any or no reason. If you have submitted an entry for a canceled or postponed portion of the competition, Sponsor will refund your entry fee for that entry within 30 days of any decision to cancel or postpone, and the licenses granted by you to Sponsor under these rules for the affected entries will terminate. In addition, Sponsor reserves the right to combine selected categories and price points.

f) Taxes and other expenses on the Awards are the responsibility of the winners.

g) By entering, each entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor regarding the same. Sponsor’s decisions are final on all matters regarding these Awards.