2016 GEM AWARDS NOMINEES

Jewelers of America's GEM Awards honors the achievements of individuals and companies whose work raises the visibility of fine jewelry and watches. GEM Award winners will be announced live at the GEM Awards ceremony on January 8, 2016, in New York City.

We're revealing the nominees of the Jewelry Design, Media Excellence and Watch Design awards and the Lifetime Achievement honoree in the coming weeks, so check back weekly! The nominees for the first category to be announced are:

RECIPIENT OF THE GEM AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
  Joe Thompson

Joe Thompson

Blending a passion for his subject, a commitment to in-depth reporting and journalistic integrity, Joe Thompson, Editor-in-Chief of WatchTime magazine, is considered one of the watch industry’s most knowledgeable observers. His career spans more than four decades, beginning in 1977 at Jewelers Circular-Keystone (now JCK) magazine, then Modern Jeweler magazine as Editor-in-Chief in 1982. In 1996, Thompson became the Founding Editor of American Time magazine to focus exclusively on watch reporting. In 2000, he joined New York-based WatchTime. Under his leadership, WatchTime has developed an outstanding global influence and has been described as “the gold standard in international specialist watch magazines.” Thompson has won nine editorial excellence awards from the American Business Press, and two from Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists.

GEM Award for Jewelry Design Nominees
  Caroline Scheufele

Caroline Scheufele

As Co-President and Artistic Director of Chopard, Caroline Scheufele, devotes a great part of her energy and passion to creative design. In 1985, Scheufele introduced the “Happy Diamonds” jewelry collection, the first jewelry line of Chopard. Thanks to a bold and constant determination, she has succeeded in propelling the over-150-year-old house to the forefront of the Haute Joaillerie arena.

Sevan Bicakci

Sevan Bicakci

Born in Istanbul’s Samatya district, Sevan Bicakci credits his homeland, as well as Mother Nature, as is his greatest muse. Unveiling his first collection in March 2002, Bicakci turns out one-of-a-kind jewels crafted from high-karat gold, sterling silver, rose or antique-cut diamonds, and a host of uniquely cut gemstones. The techniques he has pioneered include metal-based painting, engraving, calligraphy, intaglio carving (reverse gemstone carving) and micro-mosaic setting.

Temple St. Clair

Temple St. Clair

Finding her passion for creative expression in gold and precious gemstones more than 30 years ago, Temple St. Clair founded her company in Florence, Italy. Barneys New York inaugurated their fine jewelry department with St. Clair’s first collection in 1986. Her fine jewelry collection is recognized for the signature brand elements of iconic rock crystal amulets, signature triple granulation and “archer’s” granule.

GEM Award for Media Excellence
Kyle Anderson

Kyle Anderson

Kyle Anderson is the Market & Accessories director at Marie Claire magazine. Kyle has been with Marie Claire since 2011 and was previously promoted from Style & Accessories Director at the magazine. In his current role, Kyle oversees RTW and accessories coverage, which includes editing major runway designers from NY, Milan and Paris as well as fine jewelry and watches. In the time he has held his roles at Marie Claire, fine jewelry & watch coverage has increased 65%* at the magazine. Prior to working at Marie Claire, Kyle was the Senior Accessories Editor at ELLE.

Rob Bates

Rob Bates

With over 20 years of experience writing about the diamond and jewelry industries, Rob Bates is the News Director of JCK magazine, where he reports on the diamond industry and the high-volume retail sector through well-researched articles and his award-winning blog, Cutting Remarks. He has been quoted for his analysis of the industry in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and on National Public Radio.

Rachel Garrahan

Rachel Garrahan

As a freelance journalist specializing in jewelry and watches, Rachel Garrahan’s work has been featured in the Financial Times, New York Times, T Magazine, The Jewellery Editor and Condé Nast Traveller, among others. Originally from London, now based in New York, her recent features include stories on the red carpet jewelry industry; consignment versus wholesale; and interviews with Bergdorf Goodman’s Elizabeth von der Goltz, Lisa Hubbard of Sotheby’s, and LoveGold’s Sally Morrison.

GEM Award for Watch Design
Cartier

Cartier

Since 1847, the Maison Cartier has been synonymous with beauty, excellence, creativity and a unique savoir-faire. From its jewelry tradition, the Maison has blossomed into the inventor of an iconic and universal style while constantly pioneering new ground. The Cartier style goes beyond time with a unique aim: for today’s creations to become tomorrow’s treasures. The Maison’s creations in jewelry, watches and precious objects honor milestones in a person's life.

Piaget

Piaget

Piaget has stood as an icon of excellence and creativity since its founding in 1874, elevating the manufacture of timepieces and High Jewelry to an absolute art. Piaget is known for its extravagant and creative High Jewelry designs, ultra-thin movements and artistic dials, as well as high complications. Piaget is one of the only remaining watchmakers that designs and crafts its own cases, bracelets and movements.

Roger Dubuis

Roger Dubuis

Roger Dubuis is the modern interpretation of Haute-Horlogerie: combining high-end complications and a unique design approach. Founded in 1995, their state-of-the-art production facilities in Geneva, Switzerland, ensure the brand enjoys complete freedom to innovate. Manufacturing only 4,500 timepieces annually, Roger Dubuis is one of the most exclusive Maison in the world of fine watchmaking. Among their landmark movements are the brand’s iconic Excalibur Double Tourbillon Skeleton.

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