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#JWLV COUTURE Design Awards is Highlight of 2017 Jewelry Week Las Vegas #CoutureShow2017 #ThisIsCouture

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


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. 

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 of 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


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