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Bringing together glamorous people and beautiful pieces, the National Jewelry Institute (NJI) and Parsons the New School of Design are proud to announce the inaugural High Jewelry and Timepieces Awards ceremony. The event will take place at Hôtel Le Bristol in Paris on the evening of July 5, 2015.

NJI President Judith Prince explains, “We will recognize the best single piece of every fine jewelry and timepiece collection from all the leading brands. Hence, it is not a competition so much as the first effort to elevate haute joaillerie and timepieces in the way current events have always recognized haute couture.”

The awards will be celebrated the following evening at a gala dinner at the Musée du Louvre on July 6. Their debut coincides with Haute Couture Week in order to highlight the importance of jewelry and fine timepieces as essential elements of style and elegance.

The awards are for the most exceptional designs of the new season and will be conferred by a jury comprised of renowned experts including: Price; Joel Towers, Executive Dean of Parsons the New School of Design; Beatrix Saule, Curator of Versailles; Aymeric Zublena, President of the Académie des Beaux Arts; Vincent Meylan, noted author and historian; and Ben Clymer, founder of the influential watch publication Hodinkee

The following evening at Le Louvre, their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Nikolaos of Greece will host a glamorous gala as honorary chairs. Guests will be invited to tour the Louvre’s latest exhibition before a dinner prepared by renowned chef Eric Frechon of Le Bristol.

The event is a joint venture between NJI and Parsons, which maintains campuses in both New York City and Paris. The school offers one-week intensive courses, entitled “The Fine Art of High Jewelry and Timepieces.” The mission of the venture is to elevate the art of fine jewelry and timepieces for study at the university level. Price believes that learning the history and trends of the jewelry industry is vital: “You might not be buying it, but find out about them!”

For more information, visit www.nationaljewelryinstitute.org.