Connect with us

Press Releases

Jewelers of America Announces the 2020 GEM Awards Nominees

The winners will be announced on Friday, January 10, 2020.

mm

Published

on

(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, and the GEM Awards committee has announced the GEM Award nominees in the categories of Jewelry Design, Media Excellence and Retail Innovation. The winners in these categories will be announced live during the 18th Annual GEM Awards on Friday, January 10, 2020, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.

GEM Awards honors individuals and brands whose work raises the visibility and status of fine jewelry and watches. Each nominee has achieved excellence in their field and awards category. The GEM Award nominees are:

Podcast: When a Planned Purchase is a Style Mistake, Honesty Always Pays
Over the Counter

Podcast: When a Planned Purchase is a Style Mistake, Honesty Always Pays

Podcast: Ben Smithee Isn’t Just Another Social Media ‘Influencer’
The Barb Wire

Podcast: Ben Smithee Isn’t Just Another Social Media ‘Influencer’

Podcast: Wisconsin Salesperson Uses Life Savings to Live Her Dream of Jewelry Store Ownership
JimmyCast

Podcast: Wisconsin Salesperson Uses Life Savings to Live Her Dream of Jewelry Store Ownership

GEM Award for Jewelry Design Nominees:

• Ana Khouri
Ana Khouri has been sculpting and working on individual projects since 2002 and launched her New York-based namesake line in 2013. Her background in sculpting allows her a rich understanding of the creative possibilities as a jewelry designer. For Ana, designing jewelry is about the myriad ways that a piece can take shape on the wearer and the balance the work creates with the body. Ana explains, “the feeling I want to impart is one of radiance, in every sense: That of light, of emotion, of energy and, of course, that of beauty.” Her work is made exclusively with 18K Fairmined and Fairtrade gold or platinum and ethically and responsibly sourced gemstones.

• Nikos Koulis
Nikos Koulis is a Greek designer with worldwide recognition and success. Coming from an established family jewelry business, he studied Gemology and Glyptography at GIA and created his brand, Nikos Koulis Jewels, in 2006. Greece is home to his Athens atelier and two conceptual boutiques, while his pieces are sold in 30 cities worldwide. Nikos designs, sources the stones and oversees production in his workshops. Recognition for his vision and designs are plentiful including four COUTURE Design Awards, the 2017 VicenzaOro Best International Jewelry Designer Award and the 2018 Town & Country Jewelry Award. He is a past nominee of the GEM Award for Jewelry Design.

• Carlo Traglio
Carlo Traglio, president of Vhernier, was born in Como, Italy. He spent a year after high school studying and working with maestro Frattini, a premium Italian jeweler who taught him the unique and fascinating facets of goldsmithing. In his early career as a young executive at his family’s Coca Cola bottling company, he continued to design and handcraft jewelry as well as cultivate his deep love for modern and contemporary art. The latter sensibility had a strong impact on the creative vision underpinning his Vhernier collections. In 2001, Carlo left his family’s business and acquired Vhernier with a mission to preserve the Italian jewelry company’s unique identity and remarkable tradition of excellence.

Advertisement

GEM Award for Media Excellence Nominees:

• Anthony DeMarco
Anthony DeMarco is a writer and editor in the luxury jewelry and watch industry, covering it from a business and marketing perspective, as a lifestyle pursuit and from a design and fashion viewpoint. His work can be found in publications that include Forbes.com, Rapaport Magazine, The Financial Times, The Economist 1843 Magazine and VO+. His Jewelry News Network blog and social media platforms show the beauty and craft of luxury jewelry and watches while explaining the importance of the industry as an economic engine throughout the world. His journey in the jewelry and watch world began at JCK magazine where he spent nine years managing the website and e-newsletter while writing stories specializing in how technology was changing the industry.

• Rachel Garrahan
Rachel is Jewelry and Watch Director at British Vogue where, under the editorship of Edward Enninful, she has expanded the magazine’s coverage of the subject, introducing Vogue readers to emerging talent and celebrating the best in design and craftsmanship around the world. Her fascination with jewelry and its ability to tell the stories of our lives is evident in her insightful writing for the International New York Times. After a decade in New York and Los Angeles, Rachel is now based in her native London. Her features and interviews have appeared in a number of publications on both sides of the Atlantic including the 1843 (The Economist), Financial Times, The Times of London, Vanity Fair, Tatler, Conde Nast Traveller, Robb Report, Wallpaper, Town and Country and T Magazine.

• Tanya Dukes
Tanya Dukes is a New York City-based writer and stylist specializing in fine jewelry. She landed her first editorial job 15 years ago when she joined the staff of private jet lifestyle magazine Elite Traveler, eventually becoming the publication’s first-ever Style Editor. After a tenure as Accessories Editor of Brides magazine, she served as Senior Editor for two affiliated publications focused exclusively on the jewelry industry, INDESIGN and INSTORE magazines. Her work has appeared in publications including Watch Journal, Four Seasons Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, JCK, The Knot, The Business of Fashion and The Jewellery Editor.

GEM Award for Retail Excellence Nominees:

• Foundrae
Classic. Personal. Autobiographical. These are a few of the words used to describe the Foundrae collection, which is more than jewelry: they are modern heirlooms, ones that allow the wearer to express something of oneself to the world. And like all heirlooms, these pieces tell a story. The story they tell is both ancient—for what is more timeless than our personal quests for inner peace, for love, for strength—as well as highly relevant. Foundrae was co-founded by husband and wife, Murat and Beth Bugdaycay, in 2015. In 2018, they opened the Foundrae flagship store in New York City and created a comfortable yet inspiring environment that reflects how personal the collection is.

Advertisement

• HODINKEE Shop
Established in 2008, HODINKEE is the foremost destination for all things in the world of horology. Over the past decade, founder Ben Clymer and team have grown HODINKEE into a robust media and retail platform by providing its respected point of view on industry news and releases, investing in engaging and creative storytelling, producing a designated podcast, printing a bi-annual publication and launching and growing its own retail outlet, HODINKEE Shop. At its core, HODINKEE’s goal is to bring its readers and consumers the best in wristwatches in a way that is approachable, authentic and honest.

• TWIST
TWIST is the direct result of the deep connection owners Paul Schneider and Lauren Eulau have with the professional artist and designer. From their prior incarnations as a potter and weaver who sold their art for a living, to creating a visual landscape of finely curated designer jewelry, they have built an ever-changing collection of fine design and wearable art. The relationships they have with each individual artist and designer have become rich with sharing, regular interactions and mutual respect. Twist has 2 retail locations: Portland and Seattle as well as a dynamic e-commerce website; twistonline.com.

The 2020 GEM Awards will also honor Ed Bridge with the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement. Proceeds from GEM Awards directly benefit valuable industry programs that enhance JA’s mission to improve consumer confidence in jewelry and watches. To support the honorees, purchase sponsorships and explore advertising opportunities, visit www.jewelers.org/gemawards.

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

Les Georgettes

It’s All About Choices

With beautiful jewelry from Les Georgettes, choice is everything. Choose a design. Change colors. With 30 styles, 3 finishes and 48 stunning leather colors, you’ll never be at a loss for a unique piece of jewelry. Create, mix, stack and collect Les Georgettes by Altesse. Made in France.

Promoted Headlines

Press Releases

GIA Commits $1.3M to Artisanal Mining Education Project

It’s a four-year commitment.

mm

Published

on

(PRESS RELEASE) CARLSBAD, CA – Building on a successful pilot and feedback from small-scale colored gemstone miners in Tanzania, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) will expand distribution of its innovative gem guide for artisanal miners to other communities and countries in Africa. Speaking at the ICA Congress in Bangkok on Oct. 15, GIA President and CEO Susan Jacques announced a four-year, $1.3 million commitment, funded from the GIA endowment, to expand the program in Tanzania to Madagascar, Nigeria, Rwanda and Zambia. Working withPact, a Washington D.C.-based international development nonprofit organization with expertise in the region, GIA plans to reach 10,000 miners with relevant information on how to evaluate the quality of the rough they mine.

“This is a tremendous step forward in our efforts to bring information directly to artisanal miners right at the beginning of the gem and jewelry supply chain,” said Jacques. “We know that this investment will bring an invaluable benefit to miners, their families and the communities in which they live.”

Robert Weldon, GIA director of the Richard T. Liddicoat Library and Information Center, pictured with an artisanal miner from Tunduru, Tanzania.

The gem guide project began shortly after GIA Distinguished Research Fellow Dr. James Shigley saw the difficult working conditions of artisanal miners during a 2008 trip to Kenya and Tanzania. Dr. Shigley and Dona Dirlam, then-director of the GIA library, working with GIA research and library staff, created the booklet, “Selecting Gem Rough: A Guide for Artisanal Miners.” First developed in English and later translated into Swahili, the photo-rich booklet has images of the gemstones found in East Africa and illustrations of how to examine and evaluate rough gems. The booklet is waterproof and comes with a durable plastic tray that can be used to sort gems and do basic gemological evaluations. GIA piloted the program in 2016, working with Pact.

“We found that for every dollar invested, there was a 12-fold social return that will last years into the future,” said Cristina M. Villegas, technical program manager for Pact’s Mines to Markets program. “With their new knowledge, miners improve their income, send their children to school, invest in their mines and their communities.”

GIA staff, including Robert Weldon, current director of the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center at GIA and a major contributor to the development and content of the guide, trained more than 1,000 artisanal miners on how to use the guide and tray during a two-week period earlier this year in Tanzania. GIA’s initial efforts to provide information to small scale, artisanal miners came full circle when the GIA team visited the Tanzanian Association of Women Miners (TAWOMA), who participated in the very first training session for the guide.

“There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the reaction of the miners as they learn the material – you instantly see that you’ve positively made a change in someone’s life,” said Weldon. “These transcendent moments make us so proud that we can provide artisanal miners with a gem guide that gives them the confidence to know their value in the market.”

Continue Reading

Press Releases

Brooklyn Jewelers Launches Newest Line

It’s called “Neighborhoods Collection”.

mm

Published

on

(PRESS RELEASE) BROOKLYN, NY – Brooklyn Jewelers announces the official launch of its newest line, the new “Neighborhoods Collection”. Taking inspiration from the art and fashion trends of Brooklyn, this collection is designed with millennials in mind. All of our jewelry is available in castings with select styles offered finished (in white, yellow, rose, 14K, 18K, palladium, and platinum).

For more information, contact: info@brooklynjewelers.com or call (718) 534-4408

Activate your account today to view.

Check out our website: brooklynjewelers.com

We are also on Facebook and Instagram: @brooklynjewelers

Continue Reading

Press Releases

David Sexton of Jewelers Mutual Group Retires

He retires after 39 years with Jewelers Mutual.

mm

Published

on

David Sexton

(PRESS RELEASE) NEENAH, WI – Earlier this week, Jewelers Mutual Group announced the retirement of longtime vice president of Loss Prevention and Consulting, David Sexton, CPCU.

Sexton began his association with Jewelers Mutual in 1980 as an Underwriting Assistant and enhanced his career through roles in commercial lines customer service, CL underwriting, and specialty account management, becoming vice president of Loss Prevention and Consulting in 2004.

In this critical loss prevention leadership role, Sexton was responsible for the development, recommendation and implementation of Jewelers Mutual’s loss prevention policy. He is credited with building key relationships between Jewelers Mutual with the jewelry, alarm, and law enforcement communities, to effectively promote comprehensive loss prevention strategies to reduce jewelry exposures to loss.

“It was never about me, it was always about us,” Sexton said.

Sexton will officially retire from Jewelers Mutual on December 31, 2019, however he plans to remain involved with the company for the foreseeable future through engagement with Jewelers Mutual associates, jewelry associations at industry events, and collaborations with agents/brokers. He will continue to work with the Jewelers Mutual executive team to ensure key relationships and partnerships he has helped forge remain strong.

“I will always treasure the relationships I have made during my association with Jewelers Mutual,” Sexton said. “My retirement is not an end, but rather a beginning. The leadership of Jewelers Mutual has a clear path for continuing our vital loss prevention mission to provide innovative risk management solutions for the industry we serve, not just insurance.”

Sexton, a member of the 24 Karat Club of New York, currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Jewelers’ Security Alliance, a nonprofit association devoted to reducing crimes against the jewelry industry, as well as the Canadian Jewellers Association. In 2016, Sexton was the recipient of the Jewelers’ Security Alliance Industry Service Award and in 2018 he received the American Gem Society’s John J. Kennedy Law Enforcement Award.

Sexton has served on the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Security Systems Council, formerly known as the Burglary Protection Council, since 1994 and also serves as a corporate member of UL in the insurance category. He served on the Central Station Alarm Association’s Insurance Liaison Committee, which assisted in the development of the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) burglar alarm modular certificate program and remains active on several UL/ULC Standard Technical Panels through which UL/ULC develops and maintain their standards for safety.

“You’re known by the company you keep,” Sexton said. “It’s all about the people. Working with people to help them solve their risk management challenges has really been the most rewarding aspect of my insurance career.”

Continue Reading

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Subscribe


BULLETINS

INSTORE helps you become a better jeweler
with the biggest daily news headlines and useful tips.
(Mailed 5x per week.)

Latest Comments

Most Popular