A Gem of a Weekend

It was a big weekend for the jewelry industry—one that brings out the most sparkling crowds (and we’re not just talking about the jewelry)—with a trio of unforgettable events for the memory books. If you couldn’t be there, surely you saw some of the highlights on Instagram, or heard about the best moments through the grapevine. Here’s a recap of what you missed.

JCK Advisory Board

The JCK Advisory Board, comprised of prominent industry suppliers, retailers and association leaders, gathered in New York to discuss JCK Las Vegas 2019. This group’s feedback and ideas are instrumental in building and shaping our future events, and this year’s discussion was focused on what’s new and next for JCK with our much anticipated move back to the Sands Expo & The Venetian. The entire team and board are excited for what’s to come this year—focused on helping people navigate easily throughout the show and discover new products and new connections—all while having fun!

The Gem Awards

The 17th annual GEM Awards hosted by Jewelers of America (JA) were held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York this past Friday, Jan. 11. A host of the industry’s finest—a crowd of about 600—came out to honor Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Stewart Wicht and his four-decade career at Rolex, as well as the year’s GEM Award winners. 

GEM Award winners included Fernando Jorge for Jewelry Design; Will Kahn of Town & Country for Media Excellence; Threads for Retail Excellence; and Tiffany & Co. for Marketing and Communications. The event was hosted by GEM Awards chair Oliver Stip, of Chanel. 

See highlights and learn more at gemawards.jewelers.org.

The 24 Karat Club of New York Dinner

The industry didn’t put away its finest threads just yet, with Saturday evening’s annual 24 Karat Club of New York dinner. As always, the Club did a beautiful job bringing together the industry’s finest for a night of celebration. Dinner guests were entertained by legendary R&B group The O’Jays, who got everyone on their feet with their classic hit “Love Train.”

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