NEW YORK – March 28, 2022 – (
Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for companies serving the fine jewelry market, announces the winners of the 20th Annual GEM Awards held on Friday, March 18, 2022 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. Stephen Lussier of De Beers received the prestigious GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement and Lorraine Schwartz received the GEM Award for Jewelry Style. The winners in the Jewelry Design, Media Excellence and Retail Excellence categories were revealed live to an audience of over 500 members of the press and jewelry industry elite.
Lauren Harwell Godfrey won the GEM Award for Jewelry Design. Other nominees in the Jewelry Design category were Beth Bugdaycay of Foundrae and Brent Neale Winston of Brent Neale. The award was presented by Stephen Webster, winner of the 2015 GEM Award for Jewelry Design.
the GEM Award for Excellence in Media was awarded to Melanie Grant, presented by two-time GEM Award winner Marion Fasel. Annabel Davidson and Daisy Shaw-Ellis were the other talented nominees from Media Excellence.
Marissa Collections won the award for GEM Award for Retail Excellence. Other nominees for Retail Excellence were MUSE and Saks Fifth Avenue. The award was presented by 2020 GEM Award for Retail Excellence winner, Paul Schneider of Twist.
Lorraine Schwartz brought her usual high-end style when presented with the GEM award for jewelry style. Blake Lively took the stage to present the GEM award to Lorraine with a heartfelt speech saying, “Yes, she cares about jewelry, but what drives her is people. Humanity. Connectedness. Love That’s really why her work is the most spectacular there. Because it’s truly made of love. Lorraine thanked her beloved family, clients and the jewelry industry saying, “I I’m really, really grateful to the industry. We really have a lot to say, and we can do a lot for the next generation.”
Stephen Lussier was honored with the GEM Lifetime Achievement Award for setting a standard of excellence that has driven the diamond industry forward in pursuit of the diamond dream. In his speech, he said, “Consumers want to associate with product categories and brands that share their values. This is for me the new part of the diamond dream. Charles Stanley presented the award to Lussier.
About GEM Awards
The Jewelers of America GEM Awards are the fine jewelry industry’s premier awards gala, recognizing the achievements of individuals and companies whose work enhances the visibility and status of fine jewelry and timepieces. Please visit gemawards.jewelers.org.
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