The Couture Awards recognize the best jewelry designers


Among the cluster of jewelry shows that invade Las Vegas in late May and early June, in many ways, the Couture Show has become the premier event, especially when it comes to jewelry design.

An important reason for this is the Couture Design Awards, which celebrate and honor the best new jewelry designs and high quality craftsmanship at the show. It has become one of the jewelry industry’s top awards programs for creators.

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This year’s awards were presented in 15 categories on June 1, along with a special tribute and ironic honor. The awards were held this year in a crowded Encore ballroom, a move from the Encore theater of previous years. It didn’t matter where it was located, as the 90-minute awards show showed Couture is as much a community as it is a trade show.

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“We are here to celebrate the incredible designs of this incredible community,” said Gannon Brousseau, director of the Couture show and senior vice president of Emerald Expositions (which owns and operates Couture), in opening remarks. “Whether we’re in the Encore Ballroom or back in the Encore Theater, nothing could dim the bright lights shining here tonight.”

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In her acceptance speech, Jade Lustig of Jade Trau, who won the Design Award in the Best in Bridal category, said: “I love Mondays. I love waking up and going to work, it doesn’t even feel like work. I love what I do and thank you for recognizing it.

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Several of the winning designers acknowledged the intensity of the work involved in creating their design award nominations and thanked those in their lives who provided them with the support they needed to continue developing their collections. Accepting his award for the best colored gemstones over $ 20,000, Adam Foster said: don’t kill me.

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This year, the program introduced a new category, “Best in Debuting”, open to designers exhibiting at Couture for the first time. The award includes a $ 10,000 grant for their sewing expenses the following year. Ara Vartanian, who may be new to tailoring but is a familiar face in the jewelry industry both for her original, handmade designs and collaborations with people like model Kate Moss, the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto and Brazilian decorative lighting brand Scatto.

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Before the official awards ceremony, Brousseau presented the first “WTF ?! Award ”to designer Stephen Webster for a“ disaster design ”he submitted to the competition. The name of the winner of this ironic award will be engraved on a medallion each year and forwarded to the recipient the following year.

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The biggest surprise of the evening came at the end when Michelle Orman received the Cindy Edelstein Award, which was recognized “for her hard work and commitment to the industry in general, and in particular the sewing community” . Most surprised of all was Orman, as everyone involved managed to keep it a secret.

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Orman is in charge of public relations for jewelry shows owned by Emerald Expositions, but she does a lot more. His company, Last Word Communications, represents and advocates for jewelry designers, as well as the jewelry industry as a whole. Over the years, she has helped launch the careers of several hitherto unknown designers. Always upbeat, always helpful to anyone she meets and always quick to return an email, she is the personification of this community of jewelry designers.

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The award she received was named after Cindy Edelstein who has worked as a consultant helping countless jewelry designers in their careers since 1991, when she and her husband, Frank Stankus, founded the Jeweler’s Resource Bureau. . Of course, it was Orman who contributed the most to adding this award to the Couture Design Awards in 2017. The winners and finalists are as follows:

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The best of the bride

Winner: Jade Trau

First finalist: TAP by Todd Pownell

Runner-up: Polly Wales

The best of colorful gemstones over $ 20,000

Winner: Adam Foster

First runner-up: Antonini

Second finalist: VRAM

Best Colored Gemstones Under $ 20,000

Winner: Noor Fares

First finalist: Stephen Webster

Second runner-up: Alice Cicolini

Best in Diamonds Above $ 20,000

Winner: kataoka jewelry and art objects

First finalist: Gem Platinum

Second finalist: Hearts On Fire

Best in Diamonds Below $ 20,000

Winner: Baentelli

First finalist: Swati Dhanak

Second finalist: ANDY LIF Jewelry

Best in Gold

Winner: Nikos Koulis

First runner-up: Bibi van der Velden

Second finalist: Isabella Fa

The best of haute couture

Winner: Mike Joseph

First runner-up: Selim Mouzannar

Second runner-up: Giovanni Ferraris

The best of innovation

Winner: Silvia Furmanovich

First runner-up: Federica Rettore

Second runner-up: Graziela

Best in men

Winner: Jan Leslie

First finalist: Shamballa

Second runner-up: Victor Mayer

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The best of pearls

Winner: Karen Suen

First finalist: Assael

Second finalist: Moksh

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Best in Platinum

Winner: Jorg Heinz

First finalist: Schaffrath

Second finalist: BQ Jewelry

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Best in money

Winner: SYNA

First runner-up: Nancy Newberg

Second finalist: John Hardy

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Best for getting started at Couture

Winner: Ara Vartanian

First runner-up: Ananya

Runner-up: Lotus Arts de Vivre

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editors Choice

Winner: Vendorafa

First finalist: Gismondi

Second finalist: Crevoshay

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People’s choice

Gismondi

Gellner GmbH & Co

Odenwald

Cindy Edelstein Award

Michelle orman