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A Look at the Winners of the 2013 Platinum Innovation Awards

By Jennifer Heebner, Senior Editor
Posted on June 24, 2013
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For the fourth installment of its annual Platinum Innovation Awards, team members from PGI-USA announced winners in a most unexpected manner: by "Prize Patrol."

Think of that signature Publishers Clearing House move of its Prize Patrol members showing up on a winner’s doorstep with balloons and a big check in hand. Now, replace the patrol members with a smiling, suited Huw Daniel; the check and balloons with a glass plaque; and the winner's doorstep with his or her trade show booth. With that,you have the Platinum Guild International USA’s interpretation of the kitschy televised award presentation. Visits were captured on film and then broadcast on JCK TV, which aired on a dedicated channel at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino as well as some surrounding hotel properties during JCK Las Vegas.

“We decided on the Prize Patrol because of the excitement it would create on the show floor,” Daniel told JCK. “Essentially, this allowed us to create 14 unique special platinum events at the show and gives the designers who work so hard to create truly innovative platinum designs their moment in the spotlight. Having JCK TV with us this year provided an extra element of excitement and allowed us to capture the candid reactions of surprise and pride on film.”

Winners of Editor’s and Buyer’s Choices were chosen in seven different design categories in addition to a Best in Show award. Winners are listed below, as are snapshots of some Prize Patrol visits.

Category: Platinum Engagement Ring

Gabriel & Co. platinum engagement ring

Editor’s Choice: Gabriel & Co. platinum Victorian Halo Engagement Ring, $2,055

Buyer’s Choice: Designs by Vatché platinum and diamond engagement ring, $3,200

Category: Entry Platinum Engagement Ring (semi-mounts under $2,500 retail)

Mercury Ring Halo ring

Editor’s Choice: Mercury Ring Halo Twist platinum and diamond engagement semi-mount, $2,500

Sylvie Collection platinum floral halo ring

Buyer’s Choice: Sylvie Collection platinum and diamond floral halo engagement semi-mount, $2,170

Category: Platinum Wedding Band

Parade Designs platinum and diamond band

Editor’s Choice: Parade Designs etched Art Deco-inspired platinum wedding band with milgrain and marquise-shaped diamonds, $5,225

Dora platinum band

Buyer’s Choice: Dora International Spartan Collection platinum men’s band with laser-edge designs, $3,289

Category: Platinum Men’s Jewelry

Tacori men's band

Editor’s Choice: Tacori platinum men’s band with milgrain details, $2,540

Novell's platinum cufflinks

Buyer’s Choice: Novell platinum cufflinks, $3,144

Category: Entry Platinum Fashion Jewelry (under $3,500 retail)

Erik Stewart platinum and diamond earrings

Editor’s Choice: Erik Stewart platinum and colored diamond Hollein earrings, $3,500

Harout R. platinum Cupcake earrings

Buyer’s Choice: Harout R. platinum and diamond Cupcake earrings, $1,859

Category: Platinum Red Carpet Jewelry

Uni-Design Jewellery

Editor’s Choice: Uni-Design Jewellery Dew Drops platinum and diamond ring

Lazare Kaplan diamond and platinum necklace

Buyer’s Choice: Lazare Kaplan 110th Anniversary platinum and diamond necklace, $883,120

Category: Platinum and Colored Gemstone Jewelry

Simon G. platinum earrings

Editor’s Choice: Simon G. platinum earrings with colorless diamonds and emerald-cut tourmaline

Oscar Heyman platinum and gemstone necklace

Buyer’s Choice: Oscar Heyman platinum, colored diamond, and unheated colored sapphire necklace, $300,000

Category: Best in Show

Sylvie Collection platinum floral halo ring

Sylvie Collection

Simon Ghanimian of Simon G. accepting his PGI-USA award via Prize Patrol

Simon Ghanimian of Simon G. learning he’s won the Editor’s Choice award of the Platinum and Colored Gemstone Jewelry category.

Vatche Aghjayan accepting his PGI-USA award

Vatché Aghjayan, designer at Designs by Vatché, accepting his award by way of PGI-USA’s Prize Patrol at JCK Las Vegas 2013.

Phyllis Bergman of Mercury Ring Corp. accepting her PGI-USA award

Phyllis Bergman, CEO of Mercury Ring Corp., learning that she’s won the Editor’s Choice award in the Entry Platinum Engagement Ring category.

Sylvie Levine of Sylvie Collection accepting her award

Sylvie Levine, designer at Sylvie Collection, accepting her award from PGI-USA’s Prize Patrol at JCK Las Vegas 2013.

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