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.
Foundrae

Foundrae was co-founded by husband and wife, Murat and Beth Bugdaycay in 2015. Each piece is based on a lexicon of symbols that Bugdaycay and her husband culled from different cultures and time periods. They create an inclusive language that not only appeals to the individuality of the modern consumer, but also celebrates a set of values greater than the value of gold itself. Beth Bugdaycay has many industry honors including a nomination for the 2019 “Emerging Designer of the Year” by the CFDA and a GEM Award for Retail Excellence nomination for Foundrae in 2020.

Foundrae

Brent Neale combines a free-spirited whimsy with a psychedelic color palette, combining allegorical references to art and literature that create a vivid emotional connection. Nostalgic and fantastical, this is jewelry rooted in the belief that true luxury is unique, surprising and fun. Designer Brent Neale Winston’s home base is 47th Street, where she intimately works with a small group of gem dealers, cutters and bench jewelers to build every piece in her collection. Her choice to keep production in New York City is an homage to the craftsmen she was taught by and the city she calls home.

Foundrae

With aesthetic roots in the ancient textiles and patterns of the African Diaspora, California-based Harwell Godfrey is handcrafted in 18-karat gold with precious gemstones, powerful inlay and ethically-sourced diamonds. Designed with healing energy in mind, each gemstone is thoughtfully selected to enhance the wearer’s experience. Incorporating figurative references to block printing and weaving from cultures long ago, the collection brings a sense of history to modern day precious heirlooms. With a deep commitment to social causes, designer Lauren Harwell Godfrey launched her Charity Heart series in 2020, donating 100% of proceeds to personally significant nonprofit organizations.