THE AWARD GOES TO: More than 550 jewelry industry figures attended the Women's Jewelry Association's 24th annual Awards for Excellence Gala at Pier 60 in Manhattan last month.

Awards went to Paula Crevoshay, president of Mellika Co., for designer of fine jewelry and watches; Eve Goldberg, vice president of William Goldberg, for manufacturer/dealer/supplier of fine jewelry, gemstones, metals and watches; Tryna Kochanek, senior vice president of Sterling Jewelers, for retailer with more than 15 stores; Susan Eisen of Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry and Watches, for retailer with fewer than 15 stores; Janet Goldman, chief executive officer of Fragments, for sales; Diane Warga-Arias, educationalist and business consultant for DWA Communications, for marketing and communications; Kathleen Fitzpatrick, jewelry editor for Veranda, for editorial/reporting/publishing, and Susan Elliott, dean of students for the Gemological Institute of America, for special services.

TIMES, THEY ARE A CHANGIN': Casio Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., has changed its name to Casio America Inc. The name change follows the company's 50th anniversary celebrated in June. Casio has evolved from manufacturing some of the world's first calculators to developing digital watches, electronic musical instruments and digital cameras.

"Casio America Inc. clearly demonstrates Casio's position as an innovative global company with many subsidiaries in the world," John F. Homlish, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Casio America Inc., said in a statement. "We want our company name to articulate the responsible sales activity area and we feel that the sales sector will be better understood under one all-encompassing name."

WARIS HITS LONDON: "I've given up on the idea of separating church and state," jeweler and actor Waris Ahluwalia said of his dual career at London's Dover Street Market last month, where he hand-delivered his latest fine jewelry collection from the House of Waris line.

Ahluwalia created the pieces — which include crystal, ebony and rose quartz stones set in pendants, chains and earrings, all covered in a fine netting of 18-karat gold — between shooting "The Darjeeling Limited" with director Wes Anderson in Jodhpur, India. During the shoot, the designer would hot-step to his workshop in Jaipur to perfect the pieces. He first spotted the bright orange carnelian, one of the stones used in the collection, in the brickwork of the Taj Mahal.

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