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from a Press Release
2018 COUTURE Design Awards Announced
Anticipation, Community, and Artistry
were Predominant at this High-Energy Event
A high-level of anticipation and a strong sense of community filled the Encore Theater last night for the announcement of the finalists and winners of the 2018 COUTURE Design Awards. 15awards were presented, including Editors’ Choice and Peoples’ Choice.
COUTURE Director Gannon Brousseau greeted the packed house from the stage, “Welcome to another annual COUTURE Design Awards! No matter how many times I'm up here, it never gets less thrilling and it's always more humbling! In fact, the longer I get to know the incredible people in this community, and the more I learn about what it is you do, I am increasingly in awe of all of you.”
The judges this year...
WINNER - VRAM
1st Runner Up -
2nd Runner Up -
"It took a long time, and it took no time, to get here,” enthused Vram Minassian from Vram upon receiving his Best in Debuting at COUTURE Award. “The support the last three days has been incredible, and this is the cherry on top. Thank you so much."
WINNER - Fernando Jorge
1st Runner Up - Muse X Gemfields
2nd Runner Up - Sheryl Lowe
In accepting his award for Editors’ Choice, Fernando Jorge emoted, "From the editors that have so much knowledge, that we love, that are working hard to promote our works, to open doors and opportunities for us. I thank each one of you. I also want to thank the COUTURE community. And this is becoming a tradition; I want to thank Stephen Webster, for bringing me here 7 years ago.”
WINNER - HEATHER B. MOORE
1st Runner Up - Nancy Newberg
2nd Runner Up - Konstantino
Upon accepting her award for Best in Silver, Heather B. Moore gave an impassioned speech about what this winning piece symbolized, “I travel with my kids around the world, I’m on a quest to make sure they see everything they can. When we were in Africa, we were touched by the animals we needed to protect. Inside of this bracelet is high-polished so you can see your reflection, and it says ‘The Tipping Point.’ We are all leaders in our communities and our actions are very important and we all need to give back!”
WINNER - SHAMBALLA JEWELS
1st Runner Up - Akillis
2nd Runner Up - Oh My Got - Cufflinks
WINNER - NIKOS KOULIS
1st Runner Up - Buddha Mama
2nd Runner Up - Moragen
WINNER - KUWAYAMA
1st Runner Up - Schaffrath
2nd Runner Up - Furrer Jacot
WINNER - CAROLINA BUCCI
1st Runner Up - VRAM
2nd Runner Up - LALAloUNIS
DIAMONDS ABOVE 20K:
WINNER - MIKE JOSEPH
1st Runner Up - Messika
2nd Runner Up - Kavant & Sharart
DIAMONDS UNDER 20K:
WINNER - STUDIO REVES
1st Runner Up - Inbar
2nd Runner Up - Qayten
COLORED GEMSTONES ABOVE 20K:
WINNER - AMRAPALI
1st Runner Up - Alessio Boschi
2nd Runner Up - Mariani
COLORED GEMSTONES UNDER 20K:
WINNER - ARK
1st Runner Up - Venyx
2nd Runner Up - Margery Hirschey
WINNER - EVA FEHREN
1st Runner Up - Lauren Wolf
2nd Runner Up - John Apel
WINNER - AUTORE PEARLS
1st Runner Up - Arunashi
2nd Runner Up - Mizuki
WINNER - STEPHEN WEBSTER
1st Runner Up - Marie Mas
2nd Runner Up - Silvia Furmanovich
The People's Choice:
WINNER - JULEZ BRYANT
1st Runner Up - John Apel
2nd Runner Up - Jorg Heinz
Jeweler to the Stars...#LeVian Forecasts 2019 Trends at Annual Red Carpet Revue, Las Vegas #LUXURYbyJCK #JWLV
Jeweler to the Stars...Le Vian Forecasts 2019 Trends
at Annual Red Carpet Revue, Las Vegas
Catwalk held in conjunction with Harper's Bazaar US
Emceed by E! presenter Ross Matthews
Music from Grammy-award winning artist Macy Gray
American jeweler Le Vian's red carpet catwalk Included a performance by Macy Gray and, predicted 12 dazzling trends for the year ahead. The invitation-only event was attended by top retailers and collectors, which Included one individual whose previous purchases included Le Vian earrings for her dog and another who owned over 100 Le Vian pieces.
Le Vian sent 13 models down the runway wearing jewelry with a combined retail value in excess of $20 million and dresses by designers including Missoni, Salvatore Ferragamo and Jason Wu. Harper's Bazaar Executive Fashion and Beauty Editor, Avril Graham, presented 2019's top fashion trends calling herself an honorary member of the Le Vianfamily. To a packed room of 500 seated guests, 10 members of the LeVian dynasty presented Le Vian's LOVE acronym – Legend, Originality, Value, and Everlasting.
When CEO Eddie LeVian announced the company would donate $175,000 to Jewelers for Children and invited guests to pledge, one collector raised his hand and said he would donate $250,000. He received a standing ovation.
Le Vian unveiled the following 2019 trends:
Design Of The Year: Milestones – celebrating life's milestones with graduated sizes and colors of gemstones
Diamond Of The Year: Nude Diamonds™ – the first time in a decade Le Vian has announced a diamond of the year
Color Trend: Nude Palette™ – enabling women to choose jewelry as they choose beauty products
Gold Flavor Of The Year: Tri-Colors in Gold – different flavors of gold combined with Le Vian's Nude Palette™
Theme Of The Year: Royalty – it's time for women to embrace their inner princess
Fall Color Trend Of The Year: Royal Blue and Royal Flush – gems include Cornflower Ceylon Sapphire™ and Blueberry Zircon™
Spring Color Trend Of The Year: Multi-color Peacock and Multi-color Rainbow - combining blue and green for an air of majesty
Feature Of The Year: Adjustability – fashion conscious, one-size-fits-all looks
orange and green
Cut Of The Year: Baguette Frenzy – with cluster settings and innovative cuts
Item Of The Year: The Open Ring – Le Vian's instantly recognizable iconic design
Animal Of The Year: The Dog – celebrating the Chinese Year of the Dog and everyone's best friend
The Newest Gem On Earth: Peacock Aquaprase™ – a blue-green chalcedony discovered by Yianni Melas (@gemexplorer)
Some Interesting Facts About LeVian:
Le Vian has a history dating back to 1746 when their family's ancestors guarded the Koh-I-Noor diamond and other royal jewels for Persia's Nadir Shah. It started in the year 1746, when the Persian ruler Nadir Shah conquered India, he chose the LeVian family to guard the royal jewels he had plundered, including the legendary Koh-I-Noor diamond, currently owned by the Queen of England.
Today Le Vian is a firm favorite with Hollywood royalty including Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna.
The world's exclusive sellers of Chocolate Diamonds®, and is the world's only company with the right to emit a chocolate scent in a jewelry store.
Le Vian owns over 1 million copyrighted design, 200 trademarks and 5 patents including the recently issued patent for jewelry with gradient gemstone patterns for several of Its Ombré designs.
Le Vian is one of the most proactive certified members of the Responsible Jewelry Council.
Le Vian's core belief in philanthropy is evident with its mandate to donate 10% of all pre-tax profits to charity. In fact, the 2018 Red Carpet Revue raised over $425,000 for Jewelers for Children charity
First thing today I went over to the Christopher Designs booth armed with a tiny bit of knowledge about the brand - they have a proprietary diamond-cut called a ""Crisscut Cut" and within that a variation they call L'Amour.
This example is a 5+ carat next to his own 5+ carat diamond ...
...and the latest is this stunning cushion cut!!!
Thanks for the time Michael!
Visit Christopher Designs at http://christopherdesigns.com/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ChristopherDesignsNY/
from Press Release....
GIA Brought It! ...an Array of Offerings at JCK Las Vegas
Laboratory services, hands-on lab, presentations and more made available
GIA (Gemological Institute of America) presented an extensive lineup at the 2018 JCK Las Vegas show. In their booth L99 on Level 1 of the Bayside Lobby of the Mandalay Bay Resort from June 1 to 4 they haeld valuable presentations, new product demonstrations, show specials and the chance to connect with GIA staff and alumni. There will also be an exhibit celebrating the 100th year of Richard T. Liddicoat – the Father of Modern Gemology and past GIA president.
GIA highlights at the 2018 JCK Las Vegas Show included:
GIA Show Service Laboratory
Room Palm G, Level 3 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
May 31-June 3: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Submit and Pick Up)
June 4: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Pick Up Only)
Show Attendees will have convenient access to GIA Colored Stone Identification Reports for all colored stones and GIA Colored Stone Identification and Origin Reports for ruby, sapphire, emerald, Paraíba tourmaline and red spinel. Report services for diamonds and pearls will not be available. For more information, call +1 800 421 7250 ext. 4517 or +1 760 603 4517 (if outside the United States or Canada), or contact the laboratory.
GIA will offer two advanced educational seminars – Identifying Synthetic Diamonds, and Ruby: Country of Origin Determination. Tuition for each is $225. Previous gemological training and/or experience is recommended and pre-registration is required. To register for the seminars below, call GIA Admissions at +1 800 421 7250 ext. 4001 or +1 760 603 4001 or contact us.
Tradewinds E/F on the Pool Level of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Friday, June 1, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Through interactive, guided discussion and a hands-on lab led by GIA instructor(s), this seminar will present information on HPHT and CVD-grown synthetic diamonds and how to separate them from natural diamonds.
Ruby: Country of Origin Determination
Tradewinds E/F on the Pool Level of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Friday, June 1, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Utilizing specimens from GIA’s country of origin sample collection, students will learn the fundamentals of determining the country of origin for ruby. They will use microscopes during the lab session to identify inclusions in the actual samples used by GIA.
Popular In-Booth Briefings
Booth L99 on Level 1 of the Bayside Lobby of Mandalay Bay Resort
GIA experts will share insights on some of the industry’s most relevant topics during 20-minute presentations. Visit the GIA booth for any updates or changes to the schedule.
India’s Gems and Jewelry Industry – Growth Opportunities
Nirupa Bhatt, managing director of GIA India and Middle East
Friday, June 1, 1 p.m.
Sunday, June 3, 3 p.m.
Marketing Tools for Retailers: How to Up Your Game, Get Noticed, and Win Customers
Tali Nay, GIA manager of retailer support program; Cathryn Ramirez, GIA director of global business development
Friday, June 1, 2 p.m.
Saturday, June 2, 3 p.m.
The Latest on Synthetic Diamonds
James Shigley, Ph.D., GIA distinguished research fellow
Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 2, 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 3, 11 a.m.
Shocking Pink: Will We See the End of Argyle’s Pink Diamond Tenders in 2020?
Russell Shor, GIA senior industry analyst
Friday, June 1, 3 p.m.
Sunday, June 3, 1 p.m.
The Latest on Blue Diamonds
John King, GIA chief quality officer
Saturday, June 2, 1 p.m.
Six Ways to Make Your Gem and Jewelry Photographs Stand Out
Robert Weldon, GIA library director
Sunday, June 3, 2 p.m.
GIA at JCK – Special Presentations
Tradewinds F on the Pool Level of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Sunday, June 3
Throughout the day on June 3, GIA experts presented updates on the Institute’s research, new programs and education topics...offering an inside look into what is new at GIA.
GIA Research Update
Dr. Wuyi Wang, GIA vice president of research and development
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Dr. Evan Smith, GIA research scientist
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Matt Crimmin, GIA vice president of product development
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Staying Current with GIA Jewelry Manufacturing Arts Education
Elizabeth Brehmer, GIA director of Jewelry Manufacturing Arts Operations
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Panoramic View of GIA Education: Gemology
Dr. Tao Hsu, GIA manager of global education professional development
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
JCK Talks Education Program
The Showcase Stage, Bayside, Level 1
Friday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.
John King, GIA chief quality officer, spoke on “Powerful Symbols: The Unique World of Colored Diamonds.” In this presentation, King explored the allure of colored diamonds and what gives these diamonds their value and today’s market availability.
In their booth (Booth L99) on Level 1 of the Bayside Lobby of Mandalay Bay Resort, GIA staff walks you through the use of commonly used and new gemological tools...
This new instrument distinguishes natural diamonds—mounted and loose, rough and cut—from synthetic (HPHT and CVD) diamonds and diamond simulants in the colorless to near-colorless range, in sizes starting from 0.9 millimeters in diameter.
GIA UV Lamp and Viewing Cabinet - Preview
UV lamp output variation can significantly affect fluorescence color and intensity observed in diamond. This prototype device utilizes a very stable, narrowband UV LED (365 nm) whose output will not fluctuate over time compared to traditional mercury-based UV lamps.
GIA Polariscope - Preview
The GIA Polariscope is used to test the optical properties of gemstones and determine whether a stone is singly refractive, doubly refractive or is an aggregate. Doubly refractive stones may be divided further as to whether they are uniaxial or biaxial. Diamond cutters use the polariscope to determine the strain characteristics of diamonds.
Retailer Support Program (RSP)
Booth L99 on Level 1 of the Bayside Lobby of Mandalay Bay Resort
GIA’s RSP has a new 4Cs Interactive Counter Tool that helps jewelers educate their customers about the 4Cs of diamond quality. This tool includes scales for each of the 4Cs, matte metal sliders for highlighting individual grades and expanded 4Cs definitions on the back side of the display.
The Passion of Colored Gemstones, a newly published 48-page book, covers colored stone quality factors, geographical source and treatment information with lore and beautiful images for 18 of the most popular colored stones. GIA will be giving away a complimentary copy while supplies last, the book and 4Cs Interactive Counter Tool will also be available through the RSP site http://retailer.GIA.edu.
An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight and, in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which is recognized around the world as the standard for diamond quality.
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science and professionalism. Visit GIA.edu.