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Award-winning Stuller designs and the inspiration behind them: Part 1


Our in-house design team discusses the inspiration behind the winners

Stuller’s in-house designers form a creative hub linking our numerous merchandisers with our manufacturing operations. Our designers work back and forth with both groups to achieve the looks desired with the imagination and flair we all seek.

As Executive Director of Product Development, I take particular pride in my team’s many accomplishments. With warmest congratulations to our department, I’d like to share a few of the recent awards from JCK and INSTORE.

Personalization: Trend   JCK JCA 2020 Winner

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We always look for ways that allow our customers and their clients to express their personalities. Letters are an evergreen trend in home, apparel, and accessories.

Layering personalization up onto the ear has been one of the newest trends, as we see women and men adding more piercings to accomplish this.

We also love coming up with new combinations from our vast component libraries, mixing and matching our dangles, bails, trims, and hoops.


87230*: JCK Editorial Team as Best in Personalized Jewelry

 3rd Place Personalized Jewelry: All Price Points

From the Lab: Trend/Lab-Grown Diamonds Instore 2020 Award Winner

Using lab-grown diamonds, we can create higher total carat weight products at a compelling retail price. We designed these pieces, knowing they make a fashion statement, and flow effortlessly from day to night with their relaxed, organic forms.

We design many iterations and combinations using our vast findings library as well!


653632: 2nd Place Lab-Created Diamond and Gemstone Jewelry

From the Lab: Trend/Lab-Grown Diamonds  JCK JCA 2020 Winner

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We sometimes play with many variations to get the right combination for a casual design — it seems random when it’s anything but!


124050*: 1st Place Lab-Grown Diamond and Gemstone Jewelry

Best in Lab-Grown by Instagram Influencers and the JCK Editors

Radial Energy: Trend/Gemstones  JCK JCA 2020 Winner


With its celestial elements, we designed this necklace to inspire positivity, calm, and clarity. Starburst- and Ray-inspired designs prevail in both antique and contemporary designs.


87041*: 1st Place Best Price Point $501-$1,000

Instagram Influencers and the JCK Editorial Team for Best Price Point

Radial Energy: Trend/Diamonds

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These items can hold significant personal meaning in their symbolism and pair well with wondrous stones like opals and diamonds.


87259*: 3rd Place Best Necklace Under $5,000

Organized Clusters: Trend/Gemstones   JCK JCA 2020 Winner

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This necklace was inspired by cobblestone street patterns, with beautiful color ranges in natural gemstones. The color shift gives the piece movement and interest.


87058*: Tied for 1st Place Colored Gemstone Jewelry $2,500 and Under  

Organized Clusters: Gemstones   Instore 2020 Award Winner

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The perfectly imperfect trend inspired this necklace featuring scattered Gemstones. We used pearls to offset the diamond accents and create a casual, delicate look — an update to the multi pearl necklace center. Though it appears somewhat haphazard, the intentional placements in the design achieve the natural, organic look.


87273*: 3rd Place Pearl Jewelry Under $5,000

Organized Clusters: Diamonds    Instore 2020 Award Winner

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We drew inspiration for this ring from the happy discovery of an old master in our vault. In recreating the piece, we brought the design up to our current setting standards, and created a CAD based on the master. In the process, we lowered the height to suit contemporary taste. We loved the original design, and this dramatic update feels as modern as the day it was made!


124318*: 3rd Place Diamond Jewelry Under $5,000

Be on the lookout for Part 2 of this series, where we take a look at our winning bridal looks.  You can also browse all of our 2020 award-winning designs here.

*dictates items available in platinum

Do you have a favorite award winner? Let us know in the comments below!


Emily Bute

Executive Director of Product Development

Joined Stuller in 2018 • I've been making jewelry since I was in grade school • Lover of enamel • Have been in the Jewelry industry for 13 years • Fig fanatic • Dog lover • Former Brooklynite • Mom to one, with another on the way • Amateur gardener • Cookie Connoisseur • Gem collector