The GEM Award for Jewelry Design is given to an individual, not a brand, for excellence in jewelry design. Each honoree has an extraordinary design aesthetic and creates jewelry that shapes the future of design.
Coomi Bashin
Coomi Bhasin launched her namesake label in 2002. Her COOMI47AG silver collection debuted in 2012. Coomi has built a signature style that combines a modern and ancient aura. Her pieces are hand-finished and hand-set, giving them a one-of-a-kind appeal. Rose cut diamonds are the mainstay of her collection with Coomi overseeing all the cutting with an engineer’s precision for detail and artisan’s eye for beauty and rarity in design. Her many awards include being named the Fashion Group International’s Rising Star in Fine Jewelry, and Coomi was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2012.
Irene Neuwirth
Irene Neuwirth Jewelry is a leading, independent jewelry brand recognized by its uniquely modern and sophisticated designs. Irene’s one-of-a-kind pieces -- using raw, unmanufactured gem stones -- are highly anticipated by a fashion-forward and discriminating clientele, who have come to expect a line that delivers a precise balance between timeless jewelry and the ultimate statement in modern luxury. The jewelry has generated tremendous editorial attention and is worn by celebrities including: Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts and Zoe Saldana. Irene's accolades include the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Swarovski Award for Accessory Design, nominations for CFDA's Accessory Designer of the Year, and a previous nomination for the GEM Award for Jewelry Design.
Nikos Koulis
Nikos Koulis comes from an established family business in jewelry. In 2006, he created his own brand, Nikos Koulis Jewels with boutiques in Athens and Mykonos. His collections showcase his artistic spirit and intricate craftsmanship derived from Greek goldsmithing traditions. He creates unique pieces for an international clientele who collect jewelry for its distinct aesthetic and quality. He has received extensive press coverage and has won numerous awards including two Couture Design Awards and the VicenzaOro 2017 International Jewellery Designer Award. He studied Gemology and Glyptography at the Gemological Institute of America.