Jewelers of America Announces Nominees for 2016 GEM Award for Jewelry Design

Nominees named in the first of four GEM Awards categories 

September 22, 2015, New York, NY – Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has announced the GEM Award nominees in the categories of Jewelry Design. Jewelry Design is the first of four GEM Award Categories that will comprise the 2016 GEM Awards. There are three nominees in the category and the winners will be announced live during the GEM Awards ceremony on Friday, January 8, 2016, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. The GEM Awards annual gala, considered the “Academy Awards” of the jewelry industry, honors individuals and brands whose work raises the visibility and status of fine jewelry and watches.  

The nominees for the GEM Award for Jewelry Design are: 

  • 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 – Born in Istanbul’s Samatya district, Sevan Bicakci credits his homeland as well as Mother Nature as his greatest muses. 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 – 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.  

The winner of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award, along with the nominees in the two other GEM Award categories, will be announced soon.  
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