Friday, January 13th in New York was sparkling indeed. National trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, Jewelers of America held its 15th annual GEM awards and the gems of America’s Jewelry Industry were revealed on that day. Awards were given in the categories of Jewelry Design, Marketing & Communications, Media Excellence and Watch Excellence.
Popular jewelry designer Stephen Webster hosted the occasion. Stephen’s signature jewelry pieces are so much adored that many GEM award attendees had selectively reserved them for the event.
GEM award for Jewelry Design was awarded to Lucia Silvestri, Jewellery Creative Director of BVLGARI. Suzanne Kalan of eponymous line and Arun Bohra of Arunashi were the other nominees for this award.
GEM award for Marketing and Communication was received by Kay Jewelers. Hearts On Fire® and Monica Rich Kosann were the other nominees in this category.
Industry leader Patek Phillip received the GEM award for watch excellence. A. Lange & Söhne and Jaeger-LeCoultre were also nominated for this award.
Tiny Jewel Box is a three generation jewelry business in Washington D.C. Jim Rosenheim, chairman of Tiny Jewel Box who helped the business grow into an institution and international jewelry store was honored with GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement. He began working at Tiny Jewel Box at the age of 12 and was a lapidary and bench jeweler at 18. He carried a vision of transforming the business from a resource of primary antique jewelry to a store which shapes fashion trends with variety of jewelry pieces at wider price range. He was one of the first jewelers who introduced bold, Italian jewelry to the U.S.