It was quite the bash — more than 650 of the fine jewelry industry’s best and brightest gathered at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers in NYC last week to socialize and celebrate some pretty terrific people.
This annual event by the Women’s Jewelry Association has a slate of categories in their Awards for Excellence program — they recognize retailers, editors, marketers and sales people.
And this year, there were two Couture community members amongst the awardees: the award for Excellence in Design went to Couture’s own Katey Brunini while our publicity consultant Michelle Orman of Last Word Communications was recognized in the marketing & communications category.
Many Couture members were there to cheer them on while also celebrating the other well deserved winners who included:
Joanne Slawitsky of Kassoy as a manufacturer/dealer/supplier
Debbie Sloan of Cartier was given the Award for Excellence in retail, 15 stores or more
Maria Piano of Shreve & Co. received the Award for Excellence in retail, less than 15 stores
Diane Irvine of Blue Nile, Inc., was given the Award for Excellence for retail, non-traditional
Dawn McGuire of Sterling received the Award for Excellence in sales and merchandising
Jennifer Heebner of JCK Magazine was given the Award for Excellence in media
Yancy Weinrich of JCK received the Award for Excellence in special services
Kudos to all!