These are the designers nominated for a 2017 Gem Award in the Jewelry Design category: (from left) Suzanne Kalan, Arun Bohra and Lucia Silvestri
These are the designers nominated for a 2017 Gem Award in the Jewelry Design category: (from left) Suzanne Kalan, Arun Bohra and Lucia Silvestri

New York--The 2017 Gem Award nominees were announced live on Facebook Thursday afternoon.

Next year will mark the 15th installment of the awards, which Jewelers of America organizes to honor businesses in the fine jewelry industry.

The Gem Awards recognize three nominees in four separate categories: Jewelry & Design, Marketing & Communications, Media Excellence and Watch Excellence.

It also recognizes one individual a year with the Lifetime Achievement Award. As previously announced, Jim Rosenheim, chairman of Washington D.C. retailer Tiny Jewel Box, is the 2017 honoree.

The other award winners will be announced live at the event, scheduled for Jan. 13 at Cipriani 42nd Street New York. For tickets, visit Jewelers of America’s website.

See below for a list of nominees.

GEM Award for Jewelry Design Nominees
• Arun Bohra
• Suzanne Kalan
• Lucia Silvestri

GEM Award for Marketing & Communications Nominees
• Hearts On Fire
• Kay Jewelers
• Monica Rich Kosann


GEM Award for Media Excellence Nominees
• Amanda Alagem, Harper’s Bazaar
• Grace Fuller, W Magazine
• Stephen Watson, Town & Country

GEM Award for Watch Excellence Nominees
• A. Lange & Söhne
• Jaeger-LeCoultre
• Patek Philippe


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