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Couture Design Award Winners and Cindy Edelstein Award Honoree Announced

The winners and finalists of the 12 primary categories are selected by a panel of judges, while Editors’ Choice and People’s Choice are voted upon by attending media and retailers.




Cindy Edelstein Award Recipient Larry Pelzel
Cindy Edelstein Award Recipient Larry Pelzel

(PRESS RELEASE) LAS VEGAS, NV — The 2021 edition of the COUTURE Design Awards took place last night and the excitement surrounding the event was palpable. The thrill of being together again in person coupled with the buzz of anticipation among the designers and brands who entered pieces into the competition created a sense of elation, and a high level of flare and glamour on the event stage in the Outdoor Pavilion perfectly encapsulated the mood of the celebratory evening.

Opening up the event was COUTURE Director and EVP, Emerald, Gannon Brousseau, “While I obviously wasn’t at the first COUTURE, I’ve heard all the stories. I’m told it was an intrepid band of misfits who came together to define the industry, united by a shared love of beauty and design and a deep appreciation for one another. What I see here tonight reminds me a lot of those stories. All of you, against all odds, coming together, believing in this event, believing in each other and showing up, because this is COUTURE and that’s what we do.”

In addition to thanking her team at For Future Reference, as well as her production team, Lauren Godfrey of Harwell Godfrey, who took home the award for Best in Colored Gemstones under $20,000 said from the stage, “This is a career that I love so much, I love these stones, and I love this work. You have embraced me and I feel the love here, I appreciate it so much. Thank you!”

Along with the announcement of the winners and finalists in the 14 design categories, COUTURE also presented Larry Pelzel, Vice President of Neiman Marcus, with this year’s Cindy Edelstein Award. The annual award honors an individual who is a true leader in the industry who is dedicated to the success of designers and brands, has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to COUTURE, and who is an inspiration to others through an enthusiastic attitude and unabated vitality. All of these are qualities for which Larry has been widely revered throughout his 40-year career at Neiman Marcus, and the standing ovation he received upon being surprised with this acknowledgement demonstrated the appreciation the entire COUTURE community feels for his many contributions.

The winners and finalists of the 12 primary categories are selected by a panel of judges, while Editors’ Choice and People’s Choice are voted upon by attending media and retailers. This year’s judges were Kareem Rasheed of Robb Report, Fashion Correspondent Lynn Yaeger, designer Silvia Furmanovich, Liebe Gamble of June Simmons Jewelers, and Yael Reinhold Lipnik of Reinhold Jewelers.


Below are the winners and finalists in each of the COUTURE Design Awards Categories. For more information about the awards or to receive images from the event, contact Michelle Orman at (646) 302-5521 or via email at [email protected].

Best in Innovative:

  • 1st Place: Studio Renn
  • 2nd Place: Capolavoro
  • 3rd Place: Persée

Best in Diamonds Below $20K:

  • 1st Place: Ondyn
  • 2nd Place: 64Facets
  • 3rd Place: Harika

Best in Diamonds Above $20K:

  • 1st Place: Sutra
  • 2nd Place: BAYCO
  • 3rd Place: Oscar Heyman

Best in Pearls:

  • 1st Place: Assael
  • 2nd Place: Rosa Van Parys
  • 3rd Place: Moksh

Best in Haute Couture:

  • 1st Place: Lotus Arts de Vivre
  • 2nd Place: Yeprem
  • 3rd Place: Elsa Jin

Best in Men’s:

  • 1st Place: ArtyA
  • 2nd Place: Fope
  • 3rd Place: Jorge Adeler

Best in Silver:

  • 1st Place: Tane Mexico 1942
  • 2nd Place: Sheryl Lowe
  • 3rd Place: Onirikka

Best in Bridal:

  • 1st Place: Retrouvai
  • 2nd Place: Busatti
  • 3rd Place: Campbellian

Best in Colored Gemstones Below $20K:

  • 1st Place: Harwell Godfrey
  • 2nd Place: Meredith Young
  • 3rd Place: Venyx

Best in Colored Gemstones Above $20K

  • 1st Place: VRAM
  • 2nd Place: Fernando Jorge
  • 3rd Place: Graziela

Best in Gold:

  • 1st Place: Mariani
  • 2nd Place: Buddha Mama
  • 3rd Place: Shimansky

Best in Debuting:

  • 1st Place: Elsa Jin
  • 2nd Place: Rosa Van Parys
  • 3rd Place: Almasika

Editors’ Choice:

  • 1st Place: BAYCO
  • Finalist: Gismondi1754
  • Finalist: VENDORAFA

People’s Choice:

  • 1st Place: Assael
  • Finalist: Gismondi1754
  • Finalist: VENDORAFA



Thinking of Liquidating? Think: Wilkerson

When Peter Reines, owner of Reines Jewelers in Charlottesville, VA, decided it was time to turn over the “reins” of his 45-year-old business to Jessica and Kevin Rogers, he chose Wilkerson to run his liquidation sale. It was, he says, the best way to maximize the return on his decades-long investment in fine jewelry. Now, with new owners at the helm, Reines can relax knowing that the sale was a success, and his new life is financially secure. And he’s glad he partnered with Wilkerson for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “There’s just no way one person or company could run a sale the way we did,” he says.

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