Scottsdale, AZ—The 2018 winners of the coveted annual Centurion Design Awards were announced Monday at a glittering gala at the Centurion Scottsdale Show. Attendees enjoyed a lavish buffet outdoors in the balmy Arizona evening, followed by the awards ceremony and an evening of dancing, sponsored by The Knot.
The 2018 Centurion Design Awards featured an all-new lineup of competition categories based on lifestyle and price point instead of materials. Retailer attendees voted for the winner in each of 13 categories.
“Just like you change up your showcases to keep things fresh in the store, we wanted to keep the competition fresh for you,” said Hedda Schupak, editor of The Centurion Newsletter and manager of the competition. “We felt it was important to have pieces compete the way consumers shop: by lifestyle needs and price point. Plus, a delicate $750 necklace should not have to compete against a massive $75,000 diamond necklace just because they both have diamonds.”
Classic Engagement Rings: Norman Silverman Diamonds
5.03 carat marquis cut diamond with 1.00 carat total weight round brilliant cut diamonds surrounded by pavé diamonds in platinum.
Modern Engagement Rings: Noam Carver/CrownRing
Marquise diamond ring is set in platinum with hand-painted black enamel.
Wedding Bands: Imagine Bridal
Four-carat (total weight) Imagine-Set eternity band
Casual Fashion Jewelry Under $1,500 Retail: Asher Jewelry
Baguettes and diamonds set in 14K rose gold.
Casual Fashion Jewelry $1,501 - $5,000 Retail: Jude Frances
18k yellow gold earrings with GSI diamonds (0.36 ctw) and rainbow moonstones, 96.52 ctw.
Casual Fashion Jewelry Over $5,000: Omi Prive
Platinum ring featuring 7.28-ct moonstone accented by sapphires and diamonds.
Classic Jewelry Under $3,000: Doves
18k white gold pendant featuring London blue topaz, black onyx, and diamonds.
Classic Jewelry $,3001 - $7,500: Beverley K, left, and Fana, right (tie)
Beverley K: Art Deco emerald and onyx dress ring with round brilliant hand-set diamonds. Fana: Ruby and diamond pavé band has 1.50 ctw diamonds and 2.01 ctw rubies.
Classic Jewelry Over $7,500 Retail: Etho Maria
White gold earrings with pear, rose-cut, round and oval diamonds, 65.89 ctw.
Red Carpet Jewelry: DVANI by A&D Gem
One-of-a-kind opal necklace with 14 perfectly matched opals, 72.07 ctw.
Men’s Jewelry: Frederic Sage
18k white and yellow gold cufflinks with bi-color tourmaline, yellow gold polished prongs and diamonds set in white gold.
Watches: Coles of London
Visconti Opera GMT watch in blue with stainless steel case and automatic Swiss movement, 10ATM
Editors’ Choice: Sethi Couture
Ring with a combination of black and white diamonds mixed with vintage rose cuts.
Members of the trade press were also invited to nominate their individual favorite pieces for additional honorable mentions, which went to Mizuki, William Levine, and Belle Etoile.