It’s for "a career's worth of contributions."

(Press Release) WASHINGTON, DC - Jewelers of America and the GEM Awards Committee plan to honor Jim Rosenheim, chairman of Tiny Jewel Box in Washington, DC, with the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement.

They will present the award on Jan. 13 at the 15th annual GEM Awards in New York. The GEM Awards gala honors the outstanding achievements of individuals or companies whose work raises the visibility and status of fine jewelry and watches.

The GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement is granted to an individual who has accumulated a career’s worth of contributions to the fine jewelry and watch industry. Honorees set a standard of excellence that serves as an inspiration to industry colleagues.

Rosenheim has helped his family grow Tiny Jewel Box, a three-generation jewelry business established in 1930, into an iconic Washington, D.C., institution and internationally renowned jewelry store.

His career at Tiny Jewel Box began at the age of 12, working by his parent’s side, and by 18, he was a lapidary and bench jeweler. Today, he leads the store as its chairman. Rosenheim's vision was to transition Tiny Jewel Box from a resource of primarily antique jewelry to a fashion-forward store with a wide range of prices.

He was one of the first jewelers to bring bold Italian jewelry to the forefront in the U.S. and is credited with discovering designers from David Yurman to Alex Sepkus.

Rosenheim said, "The Lifetime Achievement Award from Jewelers of America, a pillar organization in our community, is incredibly humbling. To me, it means that my life’s work has had a positive impact on others."

He earned a BS from Syracuse University and an MBA from the American University, attended Georgetown Law Center and holds a Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America.

"Jim Rosenheim is one of the most respected individuals in the jewelry industry," said Norman Miller, chair of GEM Awards. "He is passionate, kind and a dear friend to many. The success of Tiny Jewel Box is only one aspect of his achievements. His lifetime of nurturing talent and giving back to the jewelry industry are a large part of why the GEM Committee will honor him with a Lifetime Achievement Award."

In addition to the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement, JA will reveal winners of several other GEM Awards live during the ceremony. The other GEM Awards categories and their nominees will be announced soon.

For details on GEM Awards, visit www.jewelers.org/gemawards.

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