NEW YORK — Sly and the Family Stone would have enjoyed Friday night’s Gem Awards gala — it felt like a real family affair. The mood was jovial, and jewelry executives spent the evening with cheek-to-cheek greetings and Bellini toasts to solid holiday sales and hopes for an even more successful 2005.
“It’s like a big bar mitzvah,” gushed Cartier president and chief executive officer Stanislas de Quercize.
“We had a good year,” added Corum president Stacie Orloff. “This year’s resolution is to keep having fun and to keep those retailer’s good margins.”
Now in its third year, the Gem Awards gala, held at Cipriani 42nd Street here, is presented by the Jewelry Information Center. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Herbert M. Bridge and Robert L. Bridge, co-chairmen of Ben Bridge Jeweler in Seattle. Roberta Myers, Elle magazine’s editor in chief, picked up the Consumer Media Award, and Hal Rubenstein, In Style’s fashion director, took home the Excellence in Style Award.
“Jewelry is just so attractive,” said Carolina Herrera, who presented Rubenstein with the award. When asked if she was considering launching jewelry, Herrera said, “Why not? I think there’s a lot of competition, though. People go to the big houses to buy their jewelry. I should probably stick to dresses.”
Deborah Norville was the evening’s mistress of ceremonies, and revelers included David Yurman, LVMH Watch & Jewelry president and ceo Daniel Lalonde, Rolex president and ceo Walter Fisher, Movado Group president and ceo Efraim Grinberg, Fortunoff Fine Jewelry and Silverware president Helene Fortunoff and designers Temple St. Clair and Erica Courtney.
Actress Aida Turturro arrived with Faraone Mennella designers Roberto Faraone Mennella and Amedeo Scognamiglio, whom she befriended on a recent flight to Italy. “Now we are like family,” she explained, showing off the designers’ earrings. “And I don’t really like modern jewelry. I prefer antique-y stuff. But they’re different.”
This story first appeared in the January 11, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.