New York—Jewelers of America has announced the nominees for the 2019 Gem Awards, the annual upscale gala that recognizes top names in jewelry design, journalism and retail.

This year, JA will present awards in three categories: mainstays Jewelry Design and Media Excellence, and Retail Excellence, a bit of a departure from the third category last year, which was Retail Innovation.

The winners in each category will be announced live during the Gem Awards ceremony, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.

And the nominees are …

Jewelry Design

Media Excellence

Retail Excellence

In addition to awards in these three categories, JA will present the 2019 Gem Award for Lifetime Achievement to Stewart Wicht, who is retiring at the end of the year as head of Rolex Watch U.S.A. Inc.

For more information about the Gem Awards, visit

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