The annual Gem Awards will be virtual this year.
The event, hosted by the Jewelers of America, typically takes place each January in New York City at Cipriani 42nd Street. Originally, the awards were postponed until July 16, but due to the coronavirus and the uncertainty surrounding vaccination rates, the event will not see a live format again until next year.
From now on, a virtual ceremony will take place on July 15 and will be free. The winners have yet to be announced, but will surely include many members of the jewelry industry, from emerging talent to established names. The awards include accolades for media professionals, innovation in retail and marketing, among others.
Additionally, the Jewelers of America will be holding their national convention shortly thereafter in a virtual format on July 19 and 20. The educational event will welcome members of the organization for various panels and discussions on the state of the jewelry industry. Participation in the event will also be free, but employment with a Jewelers of America member company is required.
“After careful consideration, the Jewelers of America and the Gem Awards Committee have decided to virtually hold the 19th Annual Gem Awards. The Virtual Gem Awards will invite everyone to dress in their finest jewelry, have a cocktail and be immersed in the celebration as we honor some of our industry gems, ”said Amanda Gizzi , director of public relations and events for the Jewelers of America.
“We have carefully assessed COVID-19 and while it was not an easy decision, our Board of Directors and Committees have decided that virtually hosting the National Convention and Gem Awards is in the best interests of our attendees and of our staff. We are working hard to produce two incredible virtual events for which the entire industry will now have a front row seat, ”said David J. Bonaparte, President and CEO of Jewelers of America.