Phoenix, AZ—Jewelers coming off their best holiday season ever arrived at the 2020 Centurion Jewelry Show in an optimistic frame of mind, ready to buy and kick off a new year with exciting new jewelry merchandise. Left: Jewelers gathered in the lobby bar every night to network and relax after a busy day on the Show floor.
2020 also marked the Show’s move to a new venue, the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge. The new venue was praised widely by attendees for the new exhibit layout, which accommodated almost all exhibitors in two large ballrooms, making it very easy for buyers to navigate.
The Centurion Excellence In Design Awards, another highlight of each year’s Centurion Show, capped the first day as the 2020 winners of the coveted awards were announced January 29 at a glittering gala. Jewelers’ Mutual Insurance Co. again was the grand sponsor of this year’s Centurion Design Awards.
Howard Hauben, left, president of Centurion, congratulates David Sexton, former vice president of loss prevention at Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co., on his retirement. Sexton officially retired as of December 31, 2019, but is remaining with the company in a consulting role as a brand ambassador.
At the gala banquet, the awards were presented to winners in 11 categories of design, voted on by retail attendees and Centurion’s team of social media influencers. Awards presenters were David Sexton of Jewelers’ Mutual, Mickey Minagorri, principal of the Artco Group, which provided the showcases for the Awards, and Hedda Schupak, editor of The Centurion Newsletter and manager of the competition.
Suspense builds as Mickey Minagorri prepares to open the envelope and announce a winner.
Entries were submitted in 11 lifestyle categories, ranging from bridal to fashion at a variety of price points. New this year was a combination online and live voting format, where retailers could choose to vote online ahead of the Show based on images of the entries, or vote at the Show after seeing the actual pieces. And the winners were:
Casual Fashion Over $1,500 Retail: Gumuchian, below (one pair of convertible earrings shown multiple ways):
Watches: Marco Moore (below):