Provided by Independent Jewelers Organization
Terry Quinn from Quinn’s Goldsmith in Occoquan, VA was recently honored by his peers when three of his original designs were selected as a winner in a jewelry design contest held at the semi-annual conference of the Independent Jewelers Organization (IJO) in Orlando, FL.
“This really is very special to me,” Quinn said, “as all those who voted were retail jewelers and designers like myself. I feel very honored to have had my designs chosen from among so many outstanding pieces.”
The winning pieces, which took first and second place honors, was a 14kt white gold necklace with a 8.01ct blue sapphire and diamond bezel set with accent diamonds. The next piece was an 18kt two tone diamond and ruby necklace bezel set. The third piece was a 14kt yellow gold with white gold vines necklace with pink tourmaline and diamonds. PWL According to the IJO contest coordinators, “there were 45 spectacular pieces submitted in this contest, and all were worthy of honors. The fact that Terry was recognized just confirms his unique ability.”
Quinn’s Goldsmith is the exclusive IJO member in the Occoquan area, and while in Orlando, Terry had the opportunity to see the very latest in jewelry designs for the upcoming spring season. He also attended a series of educational seminars designed to allow them to provide the finest service to local customers, in addition to their exceptional talent for exquisite design.
IJO is the world’s largest jewelry buying group enabling its members to buy jewelry and supplies at tremendous savings that they can pass along to their customers. To be eligible for membership, retail jewelers must exhibit the highest ethics and offer the finest quality and value in their communities.