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COUTURE Design Awards Takes Encore Stage

On June 4th, our community gathered in the Encore Theater to witness the unveiling of the 2017 COUTURE Design Awards in a new location. From the Old Hollywood décor, to the theatre-style seating, this year’s event brought more glamour, significance, and enthusiastic energy than ever before. 

One of the many highlights from the evening was the presentation of the Cindy Edelstein Award to Stephen Webster. While Stephen has been designing jewelry for nearly 30 years, his advocacy for up-and-coming designers, active participation among non-profit and charity organizations, and overall generous and contagious spirit truly sets him apart. We were especially excited that Cindy Edelstein’s daughter, Remy, was able to attend the Design Awards in order to present this award in honor of her mother, who we continue to miss every day. 

The 2017 COUTURE Design Awards was certainly a night to remember. For those of you that could not make the event, you can view the video footage here

Below is a list of all of the winners and finalists from each of the categories.

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 Sahyoun

People’s Choice:

Winner: Mariani
1st Runner Up: Jorg Heinz
2nd Runner Up: King Baby

Editor’s Choice:

Winner: Giovanni Ferraris

1st Runner Up: Fernando Jorge

2nd Runner Up: Gebruder Schaffrath


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Gannon Brousseau

Gannon Brousseau

Gannon was named the Director of COUTURE in April of 2012, and in 2015 he was named VP of the Emerald Jewelry Group. The fresh perspective he brought to COUTURE, his innovative thinking, his genuine appreciation for style and design, and his relentless dedication to understanding the fine jewelry and watch industries has led to the organic evolution of COUTURE as a true community.

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