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INSTORE Design Awards 2024 – Cindy Edelstein Award

INSTORE Design Awards 2024 – Cindy Edelstein Award




Marcia Budet
Marcia Budet Jewelry

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Marcia Budet’s ties to Latin American culture — she was born and raised in Puerto Rico — gave rise to her love of jewelry.
“It’s all my mother’s fault,” she laughs. “My collection started as a baby. I still have my pearls from my first Holy Communion, and I also collected gemstones as a child.”

Under mom’s tutelage, Budet learned to commemorate special events with fine jewelry. For education, she attended the University of Puerto Rico to study environmental design, a pursuit that would give her a few design options, such as architecture. She took electives, including jewelry, as well as industrial design, and after graduation, got a master’s degree in architecture with a certificate in urban design from the University of Pennsylvania. Architecture looked like a promising path.

She wanted to mark the milestones with a piece of jewelry but couldn’t find anything she liked. Once again, mother’s input helped: “Design something for yourself,” she said.

Budet did, impressing friends so much they encouraged her to enter an Italian design competition. She won, twice, and somewhere in between the wins, was offered a job by the prestigious development firm Gensler. She turned down the position to pursue jewelry, heading back to school again at the Fashion Institute of Technology and GIA. All that architectural study? Redirected into jewelry.

Budet’s signature style is asymmetrical and geometric silhouettes in yellow gold and black rhodium with custom cuts of colored gemstones. “My hashtag is #elegantlybold — that’s what my clients tell me they see in my jewelry, how I describe my aesthetic and the woman I design for.”

In addition to being the esteemed recipient of the Cindy Edelstein Emerging Designer Award, Budet also took First Place for Best Earring Over $5,000 and Second Place in the Best Pearl Jewelry Over $5,000.

INSTORE Design Awards 2024 – Cindy Edelstein Award

Necklace in 18K yellow gold with pink and light green tourmaline (0.15 TCW) and diamonds (0.12 TCW), $5,055

INSTORE Design Awards 2024 – Cindy Edelstein Award

Earrings in 18K yellow gold with purple garnet, peach tourmaline, green tourmaline (all gems have a 0.45 TCW) and diamonds (0.15 TCW), $9,500

INSTORE Design Awards 2024 – Cindy Edelstein Award

Ring in 18K yellow and blackened white gold with a 17.80-carat tanzanite and diamonds (0.91 TCW), $35,000



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Alex and Gladys Rysman are the third generation to run Romm Jewelers in Brockton, Mass. And after many decades of service to the industry and their community, it was time to close the store and take advantage of some downtime. With three grown children who each had their own careers outside of the industry, they decided to call Wilkerson. Then, the Rysmans did what every jeweler should do: They called other retailers and asked about their own Wilkerson experience. “They all told us what a great experience it was and that’s what made us go with Wilkerson.” says Gladys Rysman. The results? Alex Rysman says he was impressed. “We exceeded whatever I expected to do by a large margin.”

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