VIPs Wear Pearls, Diamonds to the 2020 Town & Country Jewelry Awards

On Monday, Town & Country magazine held its third annual jewelry awards event in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue. Held at L’Avenue, the department store’s Philippe Starck–designed restaurant, guests were encouraged to “dress brilliantly.”

Much like last year’s fete, the VIP attendees were thoughtful, joyful, and even irreverent with their jewelry choices.

As Town & Country editor-in-chief and event cohost Stellene Volandes noted on Instagram, pearls were in abundance: Volandes was wearing a 19th-century necklace of natural pearls from Fred Leighton, Martha Stewart wore multiple strands of her own pearls, and—further proof of a men-in-pearls trend we’re tracking—actor Brandon Uranowitz and Broadway producer Jordan Roth were also seen wearing the gems.

Jordan Roth at Town and Country Jewelry Awards
Recognized as Jewelry Champion of the Year, Broadway producer Jordan Roth accessorized with his grandmother’s pearls (and his husband’s new book)

The goal of the event is to celebrate the young and established talents preserving the ancient art of jewelry while also moving it into the future.

Unlike last year, this year’s event introduced several new categories (i.e., The Jewels That Broke the Internet). Many categories allowed for recognizing multiple winners at once. For example, in the Innovators category, both David Yurman and Daniel Brush were honored alongside Francesca Amfitheatrof (for her debut jewelry collection for Louis Vuitton) and Alessandro Sabbatini of Sabba.

Ana Khouri was named Breakthrough Designer of the Year, and Sarah Ho was named a 2020 Designer to Watch along with Emmanuel Tarpin, Loren Nicole, and David Michael.

Piaget was the recipient of the event’s annual Saks Award.

In many ways, the event also served as a recap of the 2019’s greatest jewelry moments and events, with hat tips to the Christie’s Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence auction and Van Cleef & Arpels historic Burmese ruby collection.

Here’s a peek at some of the VIPs and the jewels they brought out for the occasion.

Aerin Lauder at Town and Country Jewelry awards
Event cohost Aerin Lauder of Aerin, who also graces the February 2020 cover of the magazine, wearing jewelry by JAR and Ana Khouri
Martha Stewart at Town Country jewelry awards
Martha Stewart wearing multiple strands of her own pearls
Lauren Santo Domingo at Town Country Jewelry Awards
Moda Operandi cofounder Lauren Santo Domingo in Alexander Calder

Top: Actress Debra Messing, long recognized as a jewelry lover first class by our industry, was among the VIPs in attendance at Monday evening’s third annual Town & Country Jewelry Awards. Her jewels are by Verdura and Belperron (all images courtesy of BFA).

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