The event, a partnership with Saks, was cohosted by Town & Country editor in chief Stellene Volandes along with the magazine’s February cover face Aerin Lauder and Saks president Marc Metrick. The event drew a cross-section of the jewelry community, who mingled with celebrities including Martha Stewart and Debra Messing as well as New York faces Lizzie Tisch and Zani Gugelmann.
“It’s about the jewelers,” Volandes said. “What you do brings beauty and joy into an increasingly chaotic world. This night is and always has been about you.”
The awards’ third chapter sees it expand with categories like “The Major Breakthrough,” given to Ana Khouri High Jewelry, and “The Jewels That Broke the Internet,” which was awarded to several big “break the Internet” moments, like Queen Elizabeth II wearing Burmese rubies while greeting President Trump and the colossal diamond given to Jennifer Lopez by her now fiancé Alex Rodriguez.
While the evening’s winners had previously been revealed online and in the magazine’s February issue, after Volandes’ remarks it was time for a surprise. The Saks Luminary Award had yet to be unveiled and Metrick took the stage to present the award to Piaget, accepted by the Swiss luxury jeweler and watchmaker’s president Yvonne Lynam.
“When you think of a brand like Piaget, they do it with such quality and such sophistication,” Metrick said.
Last year as part of the retailer’s New York flagship’s renovation, the jewelry program at Saks was reimagined with The Vault, a lower ground floor dedicated to high fine jewelry and watches. The 12,059-square-foot Vault, combined with the recently renovated fine fashion jewelry area, more than doubled the space Saks dedicated to jewelry.