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.
Winner: Nikos Koulis | Nikos Koulis Jewels
Ana Khouri

Ana Khouri has been sculpting and working on individual projects since 2002 and launched her New York-based namesake line in 2013. Her background in sculpting allows her a rich understanding of the creative possibilities as a jewelry designer. For Ana, designing jewelry is about the myriad ways that a piece can take shape on the wearer and the balance the work creates with the body. Ana explains, “the feeling I want to impart is one of radiance, in every sense: that of light, of emotion, of energy and, of course, that of beauty.” Her work is made exclusively with 18K Fairmined and Fairtrade gold or platinum and ethically and responsibly sourced gemstones.

Carlo Traglio

Carlo Traglio, president of Vhernier, was born in Como, Italy. He spent a year after high school studying and working with maestro Frattini, a premium Italian jeweler who taught him the unique and fascinating facets of goldsmithing. In his early career as a young executive at his family’s Coca Cola bottling company, he continued to design and handcraft jewelry as well as cultivate his deep love for modern and contemporary art. The latter sensibility had a strong impact on the creative vision underpinning his Vhernier collections. In 2001, Carlo left his family’s business and acquired Vhernier with a mission to preserve the Italian jewelry company’s unique identity and remarkable tradition of excellence.

Nikos Koulis

Nikos Koulis is a Greek designer with worldwide recognition and success. Coming from an established family jewelry business, he studied Gemology and Glyptography at GIA and created his brand, Nikos Koulis Jewels, in 2006. Greece is home to his Athens atelier and two conceptual boutiques, while his pieces are sold in 30 cities worldwide. Nikos designs, sources the stones and oversees production in his workshops. Recognition for his vision and designs are plentiful including four COUTURE Design Awards, the 2017 VicenzaOro Best International Jewelry Designer Award and the 2018 Town & Country Jewelry Award. He is a past nominee of the GEM Award for Jewelry Design.