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Lorraine Schwartz to Receive the 2022 GEM Award for Jewelry Style

The GEM Awards will be taking place at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.




Lorraine Schwartz to Receive the 2022 GEM Award for Jewelry Style

(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, and the GEM Awards Committee have announced high jewelry designer Lorraine Schwartz will be the recipient of the GEM Award for Jewelry Style at the 20th annual GEM Awards on Friday, January 14, 2022. The GEM Awards will be taking place at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

The GEM Awards gala honors the outstanding achievements of individuals or companies whose work raises the visibility and status of fine jewelry and watches. Responsible for some of the most iconic jewelry moments of the 21st Century, Lorraine Schwartz is synonymous with jewelry style as she has adorned some of the world’s most influential individuals – from Royalty to A-list celebrities.

“Lorraine Schwartz has been a driving force behind consumer demand of fine jewelry. She is truly a jewelry industry legend, and we are delighted to be recognizing her contributions to jewelry style with this GEM Award,” says JA’s Director of PR and Events Amanda Gizzi.

In addition to the GEM Award for Jewelry Style, Jewelers of America will be honoring Stephen Lussier of De Beers with the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement. GEM Award winners will be announced live in the categories of Jewelry Design (nominees Beth Bugdaycay, Brent Neale Winston, and Lauren Harwell Godfrey), Media Excellence (nominees Annabel Davidson, Daisy Shaw-Ellis, and Melanie Grant), and Retail Excellence (nominees Marissa Collections, Muse, and Saks Fifth Avenue).

Current sponsors for GEM Awards include: De Beers, Chanel, Synchrony, Natural Diamond Council, David Yurman, COUTURE, Gemological Institute of America, Movado Group, Reed Jewelry Group, Assael, Heather B. Moore, Jewelers Mutual Group, Marco Bicego, and National Jeweler.

Sponsorships, tickets and advertising opportunities are available now. For details on GEM Awards and to purchase, visit The ad deadline is December 10, 2021.




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