The pieces were on display for the first two days of the show for retailers to vote their top picks in each of 12 categories. This year, the competition was anonymous; each entry was accompanied by a description of the piece but not the designer’s name. For two days, retailers swarmed the awards area to vote their choices, which were kept under wraps until the results were announced at the annual awards dinner, sponsored by Veranda magazine, on Monday, February 3.
The evening’s festivities opened with welcome remarks by Kate Kelly Smith, Publishing Director of the Hearst Design Group (publishers of Veranda) and Clinton Smith, Veranda Editor-in-Chief.
David Sexton of Jewelers Mutual and Richard Zucker of Exhibit Management presented the awards to the winners, along with Jenny Luker of the Platinum Guild International and Michael Barlerin of the Silver Promotion Service.
A. Link & Co. won the bridal category for a shared prong halo engagement ring in platinum, with special detailing on the shank. Diamond weight, approximately 3.00 ctw.
Jack Abraham meanwhile won the colored stone classic category for a unique fine gem Thai ruby in platinum and 18k yellow gold (pictured).
In the watches category, the winner was a swiss-made, numbered limited edition (499) timepiece with multicolor baguette-cut sapphires, diamonds, bezel, lugs and buckle, by Marco Moore.
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