Brits fly the flag in Las Vegas scooping prizes as prestigious show.

British fine jewellery brands Stephen Webster and Rodney Rayner have both scooped prizes at the Couture Design Awards at the Couture jewellery show in Las Vegas, beating off competition from 160 other entrants.

The winners of the 2012 Couture Design Awards were announced at the weekend at an awards ceremony at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel.


Stephen Webster took first place in the Diamonds Above $20,000 category with his diamond Temptation ring – a serpentine double finger ring with a large five carat Forevermark diamond clasped in the snake’s tail, and further six carats of white diamonds pave set across the design.

Rodney Rayner scooped the top prize for Colored Gemstone Below $20k Retail, with a citrine and smokey quartz ring from his Via Roma collection that was launced at BaselWorld in March. The 18ct rose gold ring is set with white and champagne diamonds, yellow and orange sapphires and large size smokey quartz and citrine central stones.

Artistic jewellers Sevan Bicakci and Lydia Courteille were also prize winners at the show.

The contest categories also included Bridal, Platinum and Silver. This year’s judges included Susan Abeles, director of jewellery for Bonham’s in the US; Eric Ford, precious jewellery buyer at Neiman Marcus and Claudia Mata, jewellery and accessories director for W Magazine. Stephen Webster was also a judge.

The 2012 Couture Design Award Winners

Bridal – John Apel

Silver – Lauren Harper Collection

Platinum – Heinrich & Denzel

Diamonds Above $20K – Stephen Webster

Diamonds Below $20K – Moritz Glik

Gold – Majoral

Pearls – Mikimoto

Colored Gemstone Below $20K – Rodney Rayner

Colored Gemstone Above $20K – Lydia Courteille

Debuting at Couture – Sevan Bicakci

People’s Choice – Kwiat