Upper-east-sider and New York socialite Judith Price decided to bring excitement to the world of jewelry and watches earlier this month in Paris. As the President of the National Jewelry Institute, Price realized that fashion -perhaps unfailry – overshadowed jewelry and watches during couture and fashion weeks, even though the two are intertwined.
Teaming up with Joel Towers, Executive Dean at Parsons, Judith Price co-organized the first annual Fine Art of High Jewelry and Timepiece Award, held in Paris earlier this month. A jury of respected connoisseurs had the difficult task of picking the best creations for each of the participating brands, including:
A.Lange & Sohne, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Boucheron, Bovet 1822, Buccellati, Bulgari, Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, Christophe Claret, Cindy Chao, Corum, De Beers, De Bethune, de Grisogono, Dior, Fabergé, Girard Perregaux, Graff, Greubel Forsey, Harry Winston, Hermes, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Louis Vuitton, Mellerio dits Meller, Montblanc, Officine Panerai, Parmigiani, Piaget, Ralph Lauren, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Rolex, Tiffany & Co., Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels and Zenith.
The following day, the winning designs were announced at a ceremony at the Hôtel Le Bristol on July 5, before a grand gala dinner organized in the Scully aisle of the Louvres Museum officially launched Paris Couture Week. In an opening speech made in French, Judith Price re-emphasized her desire to elevate the art of joaillerie in the world.
Most of the host committee was present, including Tiffany & Co. and Bulgari. The Italian brand’s CEO, Mr. Jean-Christophe Babin arrived with his wife, who had the honor of wearing Bulgari’s winning piece. Named Blue Iridescence this Bvlgari High Jewelry necklace in pink gold features seven cushion shaped blue Sri Lanka sapphires (192.98 ct), seven cushion shaped spinels (81.15 ct), round brilliant cut diamonds (18 ct), baguette diamonds (7.00 ct) and pavé diamonds (10.53 ct).