Scottsdale, AZ—Winners of the third annual Centurion Design Awards were announced Monday night at a gala dinner during the 2013 Centurion Jewelry Show. The competition was open to all exhibitors at the show, and drew entries from almost two-thirds of the companies participating. Retailers were asked to vote for one winner in each of 11 categories.
The competition was sponsored again this year by Exhibit Management Corp. of New York, Chippenhook of Lewisville, TX, and Jewelers’ Mutual Insurance of Neenah, WI. Richard Zucker of Exhibit Management designed the showcase display theme, Chippenhook provided display fixtures and in-case signage, and pieces were insured by Jewelers Mutual for the duration of the competition.
Retailer attendees voted for their favorite piece in each of 11 categories: Bridal, Colored Stone Classic, Colored Stone Fashion, Contemporary Metals, Diamond Classic, Diamond Fashion, Gold, Pearl, Platinum, Silver, and Watches.
The Centurion Design Awards sponsors pose behind the competition showcases. From left, Sherrie Betham of Chippenhook, Richard Zucker of Exhibit Management Corp., and Peggy Campbell and David Sexton of Jewelers' Mutual Insurance.
Here are the winners and finalists:
In the Bridal category, finalists were Frederic Sage, Maevona, and Mark Patterson; Frederic Sage was the winner of the category, for a diamond pave engagement ring, below.
In the Colored Stone Classic category, finalists were Jack Abraham, Jewels by Star, and Oscar Heyman. Jack Abraham, with a ruby ring, left, and Jewels by Star, with an emerald ring, tied for the winner.
In the Colored Stone Fashion category, the finalists were Annie Fensterstock for Fragments, Spark Creations, and William Levine. The winner was Spark Creations, with a pair of green tourmaline drop earrings.
In the Contemporary Metals category, the finalists were Eclat Jewels, Rebecca, and Todd Reed. Reed won the category with a palladium and diamond cuff bracelet.
Spark Creations' green tourmaline earrings won the Colored Stone Fashion category, while Todd Reed's palladium and diamond cuff won the Contemporary Metals category.
In the Diamond Classic category, the finalists were Etho, Kwiat, and Rahaminov Diamonds. The winner was Kwiat, for its limited-edition “Revel” earrings, below.
In the Diamond Fashion category, the finalists were A. Link & Co., Roberto Coin, and Siera Jewelry. Roberto Coin and Siera tied for winner; Coin with a black and white diamond and green garnet cobra bracelet, and Siera with a diamond floral pendant in 18k gold and black rhodium on a black rhodium chain.
Roberto Coin and Siera tied for the diamond fashion category winner.
In the Gold category, finalists were Alwand Vahan, H. Weiss, and Heather Moore. Moore, a new exhibitor, was the winner, with a special-order wrap ring framed in cognac diamonds and personalized with the names of Moore’s children.
Heather Moore's ring, left, and Yvel's pearl necklace, right.
In the Pearl category, the finalists were Autore, Coge Design Group, and Yvel. The winner was Yvel, with a one-of-a-kind 18k white gold and diamond necklace set with a baroque freshwater pearl.
In the Platinum category, finalists were A. Jaffe, Roberto Demeglio, and Gumuchian. The winner was Gumuchian, with its versatile platinum and diamond “Bow-lero” necklace.
Platinum "Bow-lero" necklace by Gumuchian.
In the Silver category, finalists were Charles Garnier Paris, Eli Jewels, and Elizabeth and James. Charles Garnier Paris was the winner with its “constellation” finish wavy cuff bracelet, below left.
In the Watches category, finalists were Frederique Constant, Steven Kretchmer Design, and Philip Stein for ViewPoint Showroom. The winner was Frederique Constant’s Lady Slimline Joaillerie watch, above right.