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Jade Trau Wins Couture’s Best in Bridal

Double-banded engagement ring takes top prize.
Jun 4, 2019 7:36 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Designer Jade Lustig of Jade Trau won the top Couture prize for her double-banded diamond engagement ring on Saturday in Las Vegas.

The jeweler received the Best in Bridal accolade at the Couture Design Awards. Fifteen awards were presented at the ceremony, which took place during the Couture luxury-jewelry show. 

Jade Trau also won the top honor for bridal in 2017, and was one of the runners-up in 2015.

Meanwhile, Couture show director and senior vice president of Emerald Expositions, Gannon Brousseau, presented the inaugural WTF?! Award to Stephen Webster for his design disaster. The new prize, which Couture created to add a humorous touch to the event, gives jewelers the chance to celebrate the worst design they have ever created. Each year, the winner’s name will be engraved on the medallion, which will be passed down to the next recipient the following year.

The Cindy Edelstein Award — named for the jewelry consultant and author, who died in 2016 — was presented to Michelle Orman, the owner of Last Word Communications, for her hard work and commitment to the industry at large, and specifically to the Couture community.

Couture also introduced the Best in Debuting category — which is only open to those exhibiting at the show for the first time — granting the winner $10,000 toward his or her show expenses the following year.

The rest of the winners are:

Best in Colored Gemstones Above $20,000:
Adam Foster

Best in Colored Gemstones Below $20,000:
Noor Fares

Best in Diamonds Above $20,000:
Kataoka jewelry and objets d’art

Best in Diamonds Below $20,000:
Baentelli

Best in Gold:
Nikos Koulis

Best in Haute Couture:
Mike Joseph

Best in Innovative:
Silvia Furmanovich

Best in Men’s:
Jan Leslie

Best in Pearls:
Karen Suen

Best in Platinum:
Jorg Heinz

Best in Silver:
SYNA

Best in Debuting at Couture:
Ara Vartanian

Image: Jade Trau’s winning design for the Best in Bridal category. (Couture)
Tags: Cindy Edelstein Award, Couture, Couture Design Awards, Gannon Brousseau, Jade Lustig, Jade Trau, JCK Las Vegas, Rapaport News, Stephen Webster, WTF?! Award
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