The nine nominees for the 2018 Gem Awards are, for Jewelry Design (top row, from left to right), Coomi Bhasin, Nikos Koulis and Irene Neuwirth; for Media Excellence, Benjamin Clymer, Marion Fasel and Michelle Graff; and for Retail Innovation, Govberg Jewelers, ByGoldGirl and Moda Operandi.
New York--Jewelers of America has announced the nominees for the 16th annual Gem Awards, which will take place this coming January in New York.

This year, the Gem Awards will recognize nominees in three areas: the traditional Jewelry Design and Media Excellence categories plus Retail Innovation, a new category added this year to recognize those businesses that are evolving along with the retail landscape.

The winners of each will be announced live at the Gem Awards, scheduled for Jan. 19, 2018, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.

They will join this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Sally Morrison, and actress Debra Messing, a lifelong jewelry lover who’s receiving the Gem Award for Jewelry Style, in being recognized that evening.

And the nominees are …

Jewelry Design

Media Excellence

Retail Innovation

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