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Brazilian Designer Takes Couture Prize

Jun 6, 2017 8:53 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... A designer producing his first diamond-focused collection won the Couture award for high-end diamond jewelry on Sunday in Las Vegas.

Brazilian-born Fernando Jorge received the accolade for the “Best in Diamonds Above $20,000” category at the Couture Design Awards. The ceremony took place during the Couture show, a luxury jewelry design exhibition that preceded this week’s JCK Las Vegas fair.

“This was my first adventure with diamonds, and therefore I feel very, very honored to receive this award,” Jorge (pictured) said in his acceptance speech.

Jorge had used diamonds before, but this was his first collection that centered on the stones, he later told Rapaport News.

“I entered the earrings that won the Couture Design Award into the diamond category because I didn’t want to shy away from expressing that this collection is a diamond collection,” he said.

This year’s event saw the inaugural award for men’s jewelry, which went to Switzerland-based manufacturer Furrer Jacot (design pictured, below right), the show’s organizers said Monday. It also featured the Cindy Edelstein Award, in memory of the eponymous jewelry consultant and author, who died last year. Edelstein’s daughter, Remy, presented the accolade to British designer Stephen Webster.

The winners in full:

Best in Bridal:
Winner: Jade Trau
1st Runner Up: Mark Patterson
2nd Runner Up: Eva Fehren

Best in Colored Gemstones Above $20,000: 
Winner: John Hardy
1st Runner Up: Bayco
2nd Runner Up: Sutra

Best in Colored Gemstones Below $20,000: 
Winner: Amali
1st Runner Up: Andrea Fohrman
2nd Runner Up: Carol Kauffman

Best in Diamonds Above $20,000:
Winner: Fernando Jorge
1st Runner Up: Anita Ko
2nd Runner Up: Mariani

Best in Diamonds Below $20,000:
Winner: Garavelli
1st Runner Up: Roule & Co
2nd Runner Up: Qayten

Best in Gold:
Winner: Cadar
1st Runner Up: Luisa Rosas
2nd Runner Up: Elena Votsi

Best in Haute Couture:
Winner: Pasquale Bruni
1st Runner Up: Kavant & Sharart
2nd Runner Up: Picchiotti

Best in Innovative:
Winner: Nadine Ghosn
1st Runner Up: Marie Mas
2nd Runner Up: Serafino Consoli

Best in Men’s Jewelry:
Winner: Furrer Jacot
1st Runner Up: Jan Leslie
2nd Runner Up: Pat Flynn

Best in Pearls:
Winner: Yvel
1st Runner Up: Mizuki
2nd Runner Up: Todd Reed

Best in Platinum:
Winner: Heinrich & Denzel
1st Runner Up: Misui
2nd Runner Up: Alishan

Best in Silver:
Winner: Atelier Zobel
1st Runner Up: Emanuela Duca
2nd Runner Up: Aida Bergsen

Best in Debuting at Couture:
Winner: Leyla Abdollahi London
1st Runner Up: Nadine Ghosn
2nd Runner Up: Julien Riad Sharon

People’s Choice
Winner: Mariani
1st Runner Up: Jorg Heinz
2nd Runner Up: King Baby

This is an amended version of a story originally published on June 6, 2017.
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