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COUTURE Design Awards is Highlight of 2017 Event

June 5, 2017

COUTURE Design Awards is Highlight of 2017 Event
New Venue Elevates the Award’s Gravitas  

Las Vegas, NV —- Excitement and anticipation permeated the crowd within the Encore Theater as nearly 1,000 designers, editors and retailers from the COUTURE community gathered to celebrate the nominees and winner’s of this year’s COUTURE Design Awards. The change in venue left everyone in awe with the Art Deco decor of the lobby and the magnificent sparkle from the stage.

“Tonight is when we celebrate the incredible artists who labor an entire year to create these works of art, and showcase their hearts and souls within their salons,” COUTURE’s Director, Gannon Brousseau explained from the stage. He then went on to thank this year’s panel of judges, Melissa Geiser from Stanley Korshak, Julie Thom from Von Bargen’s, Daisy Shaw from Vanity Fair, Katerina Perez of Katerina Perez, and designer Yossi Harari, for their time, insight and expertise in selecting the winning designs and finalists.

Furrer Jacot, who won the inaugural Best in Men’s Jewelry Award thanked the designer who has been with him for 30 years saying that he “didn’t want to do another men’s piece – he wanted to do something great.” The winner of the Best in Diamonds Above $20,000, Fernando Jorge, enthused from the stage, “This was my first adventure with diamonds and therefore I feel very very honored to receive this award.”

A touching highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Cindy Edelstein Award by Cindy’s daughter, Remy, to designer Stephen Webster. A video tribute showcased the designer’s passionate support of the industry, commitment to ethical sourcing and design practices and philanthropic endeavors.

The complete list of winners is below and a link to high-resolution images can be found here.

Best in Bridal:
Winner: Jade Trau
1st Runner Up: Mark Patterson
2nd Runner Up: Eva Fehren

Best in Colored Gemstones Above $20,000:
Winner: John Hardy
1st Runner Up: Bayco
2nd Runner Up: Sutra

Best in Colored Gemstones Below $20,000:
Winner: Amali
1st Runner Up: Andrea Fohrman
2nd Runner Up: Carol Kauffman

Best in Diamonds Above $20,000:
Winner: Fernando Jorge
1st Runner Up: Anita Ko
2nd Runner Up: Mariani

Best in Diamonds Below $20,000:
Winner: Garavelli
1st Runner Up: Roule & Co
2nd Runner Up: Qayten

Best in Gold:
Winner: Cadar
1st Runner Up: Luisa Rosas
2nd Runner Up: Elena Votsi

Best in Haute Couture:
Winner: Pasquale Bruni
1st Runner Up: Kavant & Sharart
2nd Runner Up: Picchiotti

Best in Innovative:
Winner: Nadine Ghosn
1st Runner Up: Marie Mas
2nd Runner Up: Serafino Consoli

Best in Men’s Jewelry:
Winner: Furrer Jacot
1st Runner Up: Jan Leslie
2nd Runner Up: Pat Flynn

Best in Pearls:
Winner: Yvel
1st Runner Up: Mizuki
2nd Runner Up: Todd Reed

Best in Platinum:
Winner: Heinrich & Denzel
1st Runner Up: Misui
2nd Runner Up: Alishan

Best in Silver:
Winner: Atelier Zobel
1st Runner Up: Emanuela Duca
2nd Runner Up: Aida Bergsen

Best in Debuting at Couture:
Winner: Leyla Abdollahi London
1st Runner Up: Nadine Ghosn
2nd Runner Up: Julien Riad Sharon

People’s Choice
Winner: Mariani
1st Runner Up: Jorg Heinz
2nd Runner Up: King Baby

Contact: Michelle Orman
(646) 302-5521