Couture Design Awards
One of the highlights of COUTURE— the COUTURE Design Awards — set new records in 2015 with over 200 submissions, and the competition promises to show you again in 2016 what happens when some of our most creative minds stretch the boundaries of design.
All the pieces are displayed in the competition hallway, a "museum quality" display of this dazzling collection. In addition to our retailers voting on their favorites in the "People's Choice Award," a panel judges made up of of fellow designers, Cornerstone Retailers and jewelry editors from leading consumer magazines will judge submissions on criteria that include design, craftsmanship and salability. The judges will vote for the winning pieces on site, and retailers will also receive their ballots and vote for the "People's Choice Awards" at COUTURE.
We look forward to another record breaking event in 2016!
Adam Glassman has been Creative Director of O, The Oprah Magazine since 2000, overseeing O’s style pages and is involved in all aspects of the magazine’s cover shoots. He pioneered the idea of using real women in O’s fashion pages and his column, “Adam Says,” has been fielding questions from O readers on a wide range of fashion topics since 2007. In 2013, Glassman debuted ‘Why It’s Worth It,’ a full page dedicated to featuring higher price point items, while teaching the reader “why it’s worth” the investment.
Prior to joining O, Glassman was a Contributing Editor to House & Garden and Style Director at SELF magazine. He has also worked as a freelance stylist and Art Director for clients including GAP, Ethan Allen, Spanish Vogue, Saks Fifth Avenue and London Fog to name a few.
Glassman is currently the resident style correspondent for EXTRA, reporting on various award show red carpets and sharing his expertise, style and wit for millions of viewers. He can also be seen regularly on ABC’s Good Morning America as well as other national television shows.
Glassman is a native New Yorker and currently lives in Manhattan.
A native of Jaipur, India, Arun Bohra was destined to design and make jewelry. He is the eighth generation of a family that has been in the jewelry business since 1841, creating exquisite, elaborately detailed pieces for Indian royalty. Arun draws on the rich heritage of both his family and his culture in creating his own signature line Arunashi. As he describes it, “Being in the jewelry business is as natural to me as breathing”.
Arun began his professional career as a gemstone dealer, where he enjoyed the challenge of finding rare, beautiful stones, which laid the foundation for his profound knowledge of the jewelry industry. In 2004, Arun and his Wife, Ashita, combined their names, talents and experience to create their own line of jewelry, Arunashi, a bold innovative line of luxury jewelry. The collection fuses the finest technical achievements with opulence and sophistication. Unexpected mediums, highly articulated metal work, and an infusion of color gloriously expressed in rare gems are the signature elements of Arunashi. Arun is very passionate about design, and approaches jewelry an art, and each Arunashi piece embodies gemstones of exceptional quality and the finest craftsmanship, weaving together art and fantasy, tradition and innovation, drama and subtlety, bringing a fresh voice to an antique craft.
All the pieces are one-of-a-kind, and Arun’s work has limited distribution, thru a handful of retailers around the world, each account carefully selected, that share the same passion and philosophy as that of Arunashi.
John Green graduated from Boston College in 1978 and from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in 1979. He earned the titles of Registered Jeweler (RJ) and Certified Gemologist Appraiser (CGA) with the American Gem Society (AGS) in 1981. In 1992 John was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of Lux Bond & Green. Today Lux Bond & Green, established in 1898 by John’s great grandfather, has grown to seven locations in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
John has served on many non-profit organizations and leadership positions within the Hartford community. John serves as Vice-Chair on the Saint Francis Hospital Foundation is a member of the Greater Hartford Community Foundation, the economic development committee of the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce and board director of First Connecticut Bancorp.
John has also been very active within the jewelry industry as a past chair of Jewelers of America, Jewelry Information Center (JIC) and the Gem Awards; he has also been a board member of the Manufacturers Jewelers and Silversmiths Association (MJSA) and Jewelers for Children. Currently John serves as Chair of the Board of Governors at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). He has also received the National Jeweler Hall of Fame Award, JFC Facet of Hope, AGS Circle of Distinction Triple Zero and Life-time Achievement Awards.
John resides in West Hartford with his wife of 36 years, Norma Jean, formerly of Galveston Texas, a gemologist and third generation jeweler. They are the proud parents to four grown children, Daniel and his wife Jenna, Deborah, Alexandra and Charles.
Rachel is a freelance luxury writer, specializing in jewelry and watches. Nominated for the 2016 GEM Awards' Media Excellence prize by Jewelers of America, she is a regular contributor to the Financial Times and International New York Times, and is The Jewellery Editor's US contributing editor. Covering both business and consumer-related stories, she writes profiles with leading designer and industry executives as well as about emerging fashion trends and shifts in designer/store relationships. Other notable publications include Condé Nast Traveller, T Magazine and Hollywood Reporter.
Rachel lives in Brooklyn, having previously lived in London and Los Angeles.
Cayen Collection in Carmel, California is the culmination of Owner, Soraya Cayen’s, lifetime passion for collectable gemstones and jewelry. At the age of 17, Soraya began traveling the globe in search of the finest gemstones, quickly establishing a highly regarded gemstone business. An expansive career spent working closely with some of the most renowned gemstone cutters, miners and collectors in the world not only provided Soraya with critical and comprehensive knowledge in this field, but also gave her unprecedented access to important gemstones, a distinction that is unheard of among jewelry retailers.
Along with her passion for gemstones, Soraya also maintains a discerning eye for the most talented contemporary artisans at work today. When she discovers these collectable collections, Soraya closely aligns herself with the artists, ensuring that her clients are the first to view the evolution of their work over time.
Another quality that makes Cayen Collection so unique among jewelry retailers is Soraya’s genuine excitement about the gemstones and artists that she represents. Soraya truly appreciates and loves her vocation, which she looks at not merely as a means of earning a living, but as a rare opportunity to connect her clients with objects of beauty that will continue to bring them joy for generations. Her authenticity, along with her discerning eye and generosity of spirit, has resulted in the unconditional trust of a loyal clientele who has supported her since the store opened in July of 2002, as well as among those fortunate enough to discover this gem of a store throughout the years.