JCK 2016 Evening of Design Winners Announced

The Design Center chose the top 50 retailers and the top designers in three categories

The Design Center held its annual Evening of Design on Friday, recognizing the Top 50 Designer Retailers and presenting the Editor’s Choice Awards for designers in three categories.

In the Palm Foyer Loft, guests sipped champagne and nibbled on snacks while watching the ceremony, which was framed by huge windows offering breathtaking views of the Mandalay Bay property and the mountains beyond.

JCK industry vice president Katie Dominesey hosted the proceedings.

Quadrum, in Chestnut Hill, Mass., was named this year’s top Designer Retailer. Director Sia Maravelias was on hand to accept the award on behalf of owner Cynthia Kagan. “It means so much to us to receive this honor,” she told JCK. “We take such great pride in what we do, and we are so passionate about the artists we represent.”

Rounding out the top 10 retailers: The Clay Pot of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Aaron Faber Gallery of New York City; EAT Gallery of Maysville, Ky.; I. Gorman Jewelers of Washington, D.C.; Sorrel Sky Gallery of Durango, Colo.; ZFolio Gallery of Solvang, Calif.; R. Grey Gallery of Boise, Idaho; Greenwich St. Jewelers of New York City; and Gallery of Jewels of San Francisco.

Three Design Center artists were honored with Editor’s Choice Awards: Vicky Lew from the Kickstarter section; Doryn Wallach, a Rising Star; and Deeta Thakural, one of the Residents.

“I’ve been in business just under a year, and I knew I wanted to be in Las Vegas,” said first-time JCK exhibitor Wallach. “It feels validating. It’s an honor—it really is.”

The remaining top 50 designers, in alphabetical order: Art FX of Ashland, Ore.; B. Anthony & Co. of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Burnell’s Fine Jewelry and Design of Wichita, Kan.; Colonial Jewelers of Frederick Md.; Couch’s Jewelers of Anniston, Ala.; De Novo Fine Contemporary Jewelry of Palo Alto, Calif.; DBS Fine Jewelers of St. Michaels, Md.; Egan Day of Philadelphia, Penn.; Farley’s Jewelers of Hanover, Penn.; Fireworks Gallery of Seattle; Goldsmith Gallery Jewelers of Billings, Mont.; Heart of the Home of New Hope, Penn.; Higashi of Lemoyne, Penn.; Hummingbird Jewelers of Rhinepbeck, N.Y.; Hines Goldsmiths of Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Jewels That Dance of Asheville, N.C.; Joseph’s Jewelers of Des Moines, Iowa; Ketterman’s Jewelers of Leesburg, Va.; Kokopelli Gallery of St. Helena, Calif.; L.J. Marks of Pittsburgh, Penn.; Max’s of St. Louis Park, Minn.; Mucklow’s Fine Jewelry of Peachtree City, Ga.; Napa Valley Jewelers of Napa, Calif.; Nellie Bly II of Jerome, Ariz.; Old Gold of Mendocino, Calif.; Olufson Designs of Corvallis, Ore.; Pavé Fine Jewlery Design of Oakland, Calif.; Peridot Fine Jewelry of Larchmont, N.Y.; Renee Taylor Gallery of Sedona, Ariz.; Sausalito Jewelers of Sausalito, Calif.; Sharfmans Jewelers of Worcester, Mass.; Stephan-Hill Jewelry Designers of San Rafael, Calif.; The Gem Collection of Tallahassee, Fla.; The Wooden Jewel of Sunriver, Ore.; Topaz Gallery of Atlanta, Ga.; Von Bargen’s of Hanover, N.H.; Wax Jewelry Design Studio of Pittsburgh, Penn.; Worthmore Jewelers of Atlanta, Ga.; Xan Designer Jewelry of Koloa, Hawaii; and Y lang 23 of Dallas, Texas.

(Photo, above: ring in 18k gold with 0.81 ct. t.w. black diamonds, 0.22 ct. t.w. emeralds, black rhodium, and rock crystal, $5,830; Doryn Wallach)

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