The streets of Las Vegas shined a little brighter as the annual crowd of premier jewelry designers, fashion jewelry buyers, sellers and enthusiasts made their way into town for Las Vegas Jewelry Market Week. Like any diamond, precious gem or metal, each showcase is not created equal, and for the last 16 years, it has been Couture that has caught the eye of the affluent.
As part of the Nielsen Expositions’ Jewelry Group, Couture is known as the definitive destination for upscale retailers, designers, and manufacturers of fine jewelry and timepieces. Each summer, the luxury jewelry event attracts jewelers from around the world who are search of the most exquisite and unique designs. More than 90 percent of the show’s exhibitors present exclusively at Couture during Las Vegas Market Week.
With an exceptional lineup of exhibitors, events, poolside concerts and cocktail hours, Couture 2012 proved once again to be a brilliant success. The Wynn Las Vegas welcomed 300 of the industry’s most prestigious Couture Jewelry retailers, more than 200 international designers, 4,000 additional retailers who aspire to become a true Couture Jeweler, as well as an expanded showcase presented by Couture Time by Watch Journal 2012.
Some of the industry’s most celebrated designers in attendance:
Amongst the week’s highlights was the annual Couture Design Awards. The best jewelry designers and retailers filled the halls of a Wynn Las Vegas ballroom Saturday, June 2, 2012 in celebration of the industries finest. In addition to the People’s Choice Award and the Couture Time Awards, the contest saw 162 entries in 10 main categories.
The 2012 Couture Design Awards Winners
- John Apel – Bridal
- Lydia Courteille – Colored Gemstones Over $20k Retail
- Rodney Rayner – Colored Gemstone Below $20k Retail
- Stephen Webster – Diamonds Above $20k Retail
- Moritz Glik – Diamonds Below $20K
- Whiting & Davis – Gold
- Sicis – Pearl
- Pamela Huizenga – Platinum
- Jane Taylor Jewelry – Silver
- Sevan Bicakci – Debuting at Couture
Couture People’s Choice Award
Couture Time Awards
- Romain Jerome – Architecture
- HD3 Slyde – Innovation
- Bremont – People’s Choice
While only a select few were recognized for their acheivement, Couture 2012 was in no way lacking talent. The diversity of couture jewelry spanned the globe with a showcase that ranged from international design symbols to nextWAVE exhibitors and design ateliers.
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