Jewelers of America (JA) has announced that submissions are being accepted in four categories for the 16th Annual GEM Awards gala taking place on January 19, 2018, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. GEM Awards, the jewelry industry’s premier accolade gala, honors the achievements of individuals and companies whose work raises the visibility of fine jewelry and watches.
The GEM Awards Committee is now seeking suggestions for 2018 GEM Awards nominees in the categories of Jewelry Design, Marketing & Communications, Media Excellence and – new for 2018 –Retail Innovation. Companies and individuals can submit themselves or others for consideration through June 30, 2017, at www.jewelers.org/gemawards.
“Consumer shopping habits are evolving at lightening speed,” says Amanda Gizzi, Director of PR & Events. “We look forward to celebrating the leaders in our industry who are pushing the innovation envelope. Our new GEM Award for Retail Innovation will bring those leaders in retail into the spotlight.”
The GEM Awards Committee will review the submissions select the 2018 GEM Awards Nominees. After the nominees are announced, a panel of industry experts will vote to determine the winner in each category. An independent auditing firm tallies the votes to keep winners confidential until a live reveal during the ceremony on January 19, 2018. There will be three nominees per category, with the exception of Lifetime Achievement, which is presented to a single honoree announced prior to the event.
“GEM Awards is a very special evening dedicated to celebrating those who elevate our industry and inspire consumers to covet and purchase fine jewelry,” says GEM Awards Chair Norman Miller. “We are calling on all facets of our dynamic industry to submit the best and brightest leaders in each of the GEM Awards categories for potential nomination.”
The GEM Awards Committee is: Norman Miller, Chair; Sarin Bachmann, Luxury by JCK; Hyla Bauer; David Bonaparte, Jewelers of America; David Bouffard, Signet Jewelers; Gannon Brousseau, The Jewelry Group – Emerald Expositions; Caryl Capeci, Hearts On Fire; Rachel Garrahan; Michelle Graff, National Jeweler; Jenny Luker, Platinum Guild International; Roberta Naas, ATimelyPerspective.com; Russell Pagliughi, Atelier Swarovski; Michelle Peranteau, Harry Winston; Nancy Robey, The Nancy Robey Partnership, Inc.; Kara Ross, UNLEASHED by Kara Ross; Marisol Silva, BVLGARI; Olivier Stip, CHANEL.
For more information regarding GEM Awards, the GEM Awards categories or the nomination process, please visit www.jewelers.org/gemawards.