Cover StoriesINSTORE Design Awards 2018 – Silver Published 2 years agoon May 23, 2018By INSTORE Staff Instore June 2018 Issue Share Tweet 1ST PLACE: K. BRUNINITwig cuff in 18K yellow and rose gold and black oxidized sterling silver with rustic diamonds (10.81 TCW) and green beryl fancy cut crystal$44,750The celebration of life and nature at the heart of K. Brunini’s Eating Watermelon in the Black Forest collection is immediately apparent in this Twig cuff. The green beryl covers the oxidized sterling silver “twig” like moss, with the rustic diamonds serving as earth and bark. The wearer would certainly be transported to the piece’s namesake Black Forest, or to the woods of their youth.“I find collectors to be desperately craving the authentically unique,” says Brunini. “Pieces with soul, true artisanship, and a real story to back it up.”As to how each piece was chosen to enter into the awards competition, Brunini says her team votes democratically, and that she carries the Declaration of Independence in her purse.WHAT THE JUDGES SAYRegina Sigman: This cuff takes my breath away. I adore the textural aspect of the silver further enhanced by the rose gold. I absolutely love rustic diamonds. K. Brunini is a jewelry magician.Julie Horowitz Jackson: What a beautiful choice of color between the oxidized silver, the green beryl with hints of yellow gold, and those delicious diamonds! A solid statement piece through and through.Ellen Hertz: I love everything about this cuff! The color of the stones, the cut of the stones, the different metals and its size and texture. Truly a statement piece that can be rocked with jeans and a t-shirt as well as worn with an elegant black gown. 2ND PLACE: Martha Seely DesignAntares Post oxidized sterling silver earrings from the Shooting Stars collection, each set with a 7mm blue moonstone with blue and gray diamonds and tiny sterling star set with a diamond,$3,025WHAT THE JUDGES SAYRegina Sigman: Oxidized silver with diamonds and blue moonstones with the little star drop! OOOOH! I love earrings that need to be worn either right or left. These beauties are special.Jennifer Gandia: A mash-up between the celestial and geometric trends that just works! These are bold and fun, and that little dangle will give just the right amount of movement when worn. 3RD PLACE: K. MItaShoreline cuff bracelet from the Sand Dune collection in 18K yellow gold, 14K green gold and oxidized sterling silver with diamonds( 0.26 TCW)$4,380WHAT THE JUDGES SAYJulie Horowitz Jackson: The undulations in this piece are just lovely. From the crashing of the diamond surf against the golden sands, to the topographic layers of oxidized sterling, this cuff takes me straight to the sea. Exactly where this city girl needs to be.Regina Sigman: Beautiful silver and gold cuff; great for everyday wear. RETAILERS’ CHOICE: E.L. Designs by Ed Levin StudioFiddlehead bracelet in sterling silver from the Essence collection with 6mm faceted blue topaz and hand-hammered detail$352 HONORABLE MENTION: KIRStupa Drusy Ring in sterling silver featuring a drusy surrounded by a stupa-inspired dot texture finish$240HONORABLE MENTION: HEAVENLY VICESCorset cuff from the Carnival collection with diamonds (0.09 TCW) and silver,$1,980HONORABLE MENTION: PAMELA ZAMORELotus hinged bangle in hand-finished sterling silver $900Related Topics: click to Comment(Comment) INSTORE Staff Over the years, INSTORE has won 80 international journalism awards for its publication and website. Contact INSTORE's editors at email@example.com. Advertisement SPONSORED VIDEOWilkerson TestimonialsTo Generate Funds for a Jeweler’s Move and Remodel, Wilkerson More Than DeliveredEven successful jewelers need a little extra cash to fund expansion plans—especially when there’s inventory on hand that’s ripe for liquidation. 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