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And the Winner is…

(above) Sevan Bicakci, who presented this ring featuring diamonds set against darkened gold, was among the Couture 2010 designers that showed a flair for darkened metal designs mixed with diamonds.

Whenever we custom design a piece for you, whether its moissanite or mined diamonds, gold or platinum, simple or ornate, we consider it couture. It’s couture for you!

In the jewelry business, the Couture community celebrated the best of the best in design at the Couture Design Awards held in the Encore Ballroom on Saturday night.

After spending the first few days of the show perusing vitrines filled with jewelry and timepieces submitted to the competition, Couture retailers and exhibitors placed their votes for their favorite pieces in 10 categories, while jewelry editors selected their own designer favorite—Arman Sarkisyan—in the “Editor’s Choice” category.

In the Timepieces/Watches category, Erica Courtney snagged first place, with Gergé Swiss in second and Fendi in third. IsabelleFa came in first in the Platinum category, followed by Henrich & Denzel.

Best in Bridal went to Kamofie, with Katharine James in second and Mark Patterson in third.

In the Diamond category, Mattia Cielo came in tops, followed by Moritz Glik and Hulchi Belluni. The Diamond 20+ winner was La Reina, followed by Gebrüder Schaffrath and Nam Cho. Arunashi won for best in Colored Gems, with Federica in second and Kara Ross in third.

Best in Colored Gems 20K+ went to Damiani, followed by Monique Péan then Wendy Yue. Editor’s Choice winner Arman also took home best in Silver, followed by Armenta, and then Lois Hill and Atelier Zobel tied for third. Autore won best in Pearls, followed by Yvel in second and Yael Sonia in third.

Finally, Heather Moore won for best in Gold, followed by Paolo Costagli and Elena Votsi.

Winners by Category …


1st    Erica Courtney

2nd    GergÉ Swiss

3rd    Fendi


1st    Arman

2nd    Armenta

3rd    (tie) Lois Hill

and Atelier Zobel


1st    Kamofie

2nd    Katharine James

3rd    Mark Patterson


1st    Mattia Cielo

2nd    Moritz Glik

3rd    Hulchi Belluni


1st    La Reina

2nd    GebrÜder Schaffrath

3rd    Nam Cho


1st    Arunashi

2nd    Federica

3rd    Kara Ross


1st    Damiani

2nd    Monique PÉan

3rd    Wendy Yue


1st    Autore

2nd    Yvel

3rd    Yael Sonia


1st    Heather Moore

2nd    Paolo Costagli

3rd    Elena Votsi


1st    IsabelleFa

2nd    Henrich & Denzel



Source: National Jewelry Network

Some of last year’s winners:

A platinum and carbon fiber bracelet with black diamonds. Its particularity is the strong sensorial impact: it's surprisingly light at touch and it seems to be a Zebra at sight. The keywords of this jewel are: innovative choice of materials, creative design and exclusive luxury.

Ring: Conch Pearl, Diamonds. 18K pink Gold, Platinum