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National Jewelry Institute decides it's time for The High Jewelry and Timepieces Awards.

This is going to be anything but your typical industry kudos banquet.

On July 5, the inaugural High Jewelry and Timepieces Awards will be announced in Paris at the start of Couture Week. The following night, a dinner will be held at The Louvre to celebrate the winners, hosted by Prince Nikolaos of Greece and his wife, Princess Tatania. From a report in the international edition of The New York Times:

“It’s not a competition between the houses but a recognition of what is best within each house,” explained Judy Price, president of New York’s National Jewelry Institute. The honorees will include as many as 40 different houses or brands, including Bulgari, Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Chopard, Dior and Graff.

Price has teamed with The New School’s Parsons School of Design on the event, with dean Joel Towers among the panel of distinguished judges. The event will precede the launch this fall of Parsons’ first watch and jewelry courses in both New York and Paris.

[Photo of Price, Towers via: nationaljewelryinstitute.org]