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And the Winner Is….NY Couture Designer Challenge Winners Announced

winners of the NY Couture Jewelry Designer Challenge were announced at a media
reception at the Couture Pavilion at the JANY Winter show on Monday, January
19, 2009.  Designers were challenged to
transform the iconic Greek coffee cup into a unique piece of wearable jewelry,
and the variety of creations on display was just a sampling of the versatility
of talent within the Couture community.

In first
place was Chad Allison, who
recreated the iconic New York City Greek Coffee cup into a stunning 18k white
gold, diamond and sapphire multi-function pendant.  Runner up was Heather Moore, whose signature whimsical style was evident in the
coffee cup holder that transforms into a bangle and armband.  “This was a fun project for the studio,” enthused
Heather Moore, “We enjoyed the challenge to design a piece of jewelry ‘around’
the iconic NYC coffee cup, and
we decided to take the challenge 'literally'
making a cuff and a bangle that translate into a handle and a cup holder. Use
this and you don't burn your fingers with the hot coffee.  When you’re done with your drink, put your
cup in the recycling bin, slip the pieces on your wrist and your stylin' for
the day!”

“We were so happy with the response
to the competition,” noted Bailey Beeken, Group Director for Nielsen Jewelry
Group, “All of the pieces were stunning, and it was fun to see our talented
designers tackle this unconventional, outside-the-box challenge to create such
unique jewelry.”

More than 3000 votes were received
by the Couture community, which includes retailers, media and designers.   Voting was done onsite as well as online in
advance of the show.  All pieces were on
display throughout the show and garnered much buzz and excitement throughout
the show floor.  The designers who
participated were Vibes, Gurhan, Monica Rich Kosann, Paola Ferro, Heather Moore
and Chad Allison.  The entries will also
be showcased at the Couture 2009 show at the Wynn Las Vegas this May.   

Press release

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