This Nirav Modi collar, worn by Taraji P. Henson at the Academy Awards in 2017, is one of the winners of Town & Country's inaugural Jewelry Awards in the Red Carpet category.
New York--When longtime editor, author and jewelry expert Stellene Volandes was promoted to editor-in-chief at Town & Country in 2016, it was good news for jewelry lovers.

In March, the industry will see some of the effects of that move, with the inaugural Town & Country Jewelry Awards.

“The jewelry world is filled with more talent right now than I have seen in my 20 years covering it,” Volandes told The Daily Front Row. “It was time that jewelers be celebrated and that jewelry be honored in this way.”

The Daily Front Row also reported that the awards will take place at the Hearst Tower in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue on March 15.

Town & Country enlisted a number of notable jewelry editors, retailers and collectors to determine the winners in the various categories. The judging committee consisted of Volandes; Town & Country’s Fashion Market and Accessories Director Will Kahn; Sotheby’s Senior VP Sales Director Frank Everett; jewelry collectors Lisa Pomerantz, Jennifer Tilly and Lizzie Tisch; Moda Operandi Co-Founder Lauren Santo Domingo; The Adventurine Founder Marion Fasel; Hodinkee Editor Cara Barrett; jewelry writer Rachel Garrahan; stylist Kate Young; and Christie’s specialist Claibourne Poindexter.

Volandes, who penned Jeweler: Masters, Mavericks, and Visionaries of Modern Design last year, touched on her personal passion for jewelry design when she announced the inaugural awards last September, speaking on her “mission to make people understand jewelry as a cultural artifact and to appreciate it even if they never own a single piece.”

The Town & Country Jewelry Awards are an excellent step in that direction.

Here is the full list of the 54 winners, three selected per category, as announced in Town & Country’s February issue, on newsstands now.

Red Carpet Award:

Tiffany & Co.

Irene Neuwirth

Nirav Modi

20180105 TCJewelryAwards DiorDior is a winner a of Town & Country Jewelry Award in the Fashion House High Jewelry category. Here is the brand’s Trianon Diamant necklace from 2017’s Versailles high jewelry collection, in pink, yellow and white gold with diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, tsavorite, spessartite garnet, turquoise, tourmaline and rubies.

Collection of the Year:

Bulgari

Temple St. Clair

Silvia Furmanovich

Fashion House High Jewelry Award:

Chanel

Louis Vuitton

Dior

Stone of the Year:

Assael Pearls

De Grisogono’s 4 de Fevereiro Diamond

Martin Katz’s Unheated Red Spinel

Diamond of the Year:

Harry Winston

Repossi

Fernando Jorge

20180105 TCJewelryAwards MartinKatz copyMartin Katz's 16-karat Burmese spinel cocktail ring

Watch of the Year:

Cartier Panthere

Rolex Paul Newman Daytona

Omega 1957 Trilogy Trio

Gold Design of the Year:

David Webb

Cadar

Marco Bicego

Pearls of the Year:

Mikimoto

Mizuki

Nikos Koulis

Innovator of the Year:

Taffin by James de Givenchy

Coomi

Alexandra Mor

20170912 Newman HeaderThe Rolex Dayta owned by Paul Newman is a winner in Town & Country's Watch of the Year category.

Breakthrough of the Year:

Lauren Adriana

Ana Khouri

Foundrae

Collaboration of the Year:

Audemars Piguet/Carolina Bucci

Chopard/Rihanna

Messika/Gigi Hadid

Legend of the Year:

David Yurman

Sabina Belli

Jim Kerwin

Rediscovery Award:

Andrew Grima

Verdura’s Ravenna

Boucheron

20170727 Grima amethyst ringHere is a ring auctioned at Bonham's Andrew Grima collection. The brand received a Rediscovery Award.

Philanthropist of the Year:

Sidney Garber’s Brooke Garber Neidich

Vhernier’s Carlo Traglio

Steven Lagos

Green Award for Sustainability:

Pippa Small

Tiffany & Co.

Forevermark

Jewelry Champion of the Year:

The Adventurine’s Marion Fasel

On the Rocks Magazine

Moda Operandi’s Lauren Santo Domingo

Retail Innovation of the Year:

Saks Fifth Avenue, The Vault

Jennifer Fisher

Tiffany Blue Box Café

Event of the Year:

Cartier Haute Joaillerie

Van Cleef & Arpels L’Arche de Noe (Noah’s Ark)

Patek Philippe Grand Exhibition

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