Events & Awards

Meet the 2023 Couture Design Award Winners

Events & AwardsJun 06, 2023

Meet the 2023 Couture Design Award Winners

The jewelry trade show awarded brands and individuals across 14 categories.

Peruffo necklace that won the Couture Design Award for “Best in Debuting”
This necklace from Peruffo won a Couture Design Award in the “Best in Debuting” category.
Las Vegas—In Sin City, several designers and individuals got lucky at the Couture Design Awards.

Held Saturday at the Encore Theater, the annual event recognized brands and individuals across 14 categories.

Among the winners, French brands had a strong showing with companies including Marie Lichtenberg, Viltier, and Maison Alix Dumas taking home Couture’s signature black marble statues. 

Consistent with past years, the Cindy Edelstein Award, given to a person who helps positively move the industry forward, was an emotional one.

The 2023 recipient, retailer John Green of fifth-generation jewelry store Lux Bond & Green, underscored the importance of community in the jewelry industry.

“There’s a lot of people here I don’t know but I promise you, I love all of you,” he said. “I love this industry; I’ve been very blessed.”

See the full array of winners and runners-up below.

Viltier cuff

The “Best in Gold” winner was French brand Viltier.

Cadar was the second-place finalist, and Isabelle Fa was the third-place finalist.

Aletto Brothers necklace
Aletto Brothers

In the “Best in Colored Gems Above $40,000 Retail” category, the first-place winner was Aletto Brothers.

Tangarart, which showed at the Julls booth, was a second-place finalist and Couturemark was the third-place finalist.

Kamyen earrings

The “Best in Colored Gems Under $40,000 Retail” winner was Kamyen.

Cicada was the second-place finalist and Sylva & Cie was the third-place finalist.

Retrouvaí diamond ring

For “Best in Bridal,” Retrouvaí, showing at For Future Reference, won the top spot, marking its third consecutive Couture Design Award win.

Bea Bongiasca, a Muse exhibitor, was the second-place finalist and Phillips House was the third-place finalist.

Ondyn earrings

In the “Best in Diamonds Below $40,000 Retail” category, Ondyn was the winner.

Eva Fehren was the second-place finalist and 64Facets was the third-place finalist.

Etho Maria cuff
Etho Maria

For the “Best in Diamonds Above $40,000” award, Etho Maria was the first-place winner.

Busatti 1947 was the second-place finalist and Mattioli was the third-place finalist.

Maison Alix Dumas
Maison Alix Dumas

First-time exhibitor Maison Alix Dumas won the award for “Best in Haute Couture.”

Messika was the second-place finalist and Victor Velyan was the third-place finalist.

Persée Paris pearl earring
Persée Paris

Continuing the French wave, Persée Paris won for “Best in Pearls.”

The category’s second-place finalist was Nomis. The third-place finalist was Amrapali London.

Sorellina platinum and pearl necklace

Sorellina took home the top honors in the “Best in Platinum” category.

The second-place finalist was Henrich & Denzel GmbH and the third-place finalist was TenThousandThings.

NeverNoT suitcase necklace

In the “Best in Below $10,000 Retail” category, NeverNoT was the winner.

Stephen Webster was the second-place finalist and Van, showing at Muse, was the third-place finalist.

Marie Lichtenberg
Marie Lichtenberg

In the “Best in Innovative” category, Marie Lichtenberg won for her “Magic 8 Ball” design, the result of a collaboration with Mattel.

Studio Renn was the second-place finalist and Peruffo was the third-place finalist.

Peruffo gold and lapis collar

The “Best in Debuting” winner was Peruffo.

Maison Alix Dumas was the second-place finalist and Alexandra Rosier was the third-place finalist. 

TenThousandThings was the winner of the “Best in Editors’ Choice” award for its platinum and pearl necklace, pictured below.

The second-place finalist was Gismondi1754 and the third-place finalist was Peruffo.

TenThousandThings pearl necklace

Finally, in the “Best in People’s Choice” category, voted on by text during the awards ceremony, Peruffo won its second award of the night for the gold and lapis collar pictured above.

The second-place finalist was Vendorafa and the third-place finalist was David Oscarson. 

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