NEW YORK — The brisk weather that followed the chill in holiday sales didn’t stop jewelry executives from coming out en masse Friday night to the first Gem Awards presented by the Jewelers Information Center.

A crowd of more than 700 industry members attended the black-tie dinner and awards event held at Cipriani’s 42nd Street here and hosted by TV personality Deborah Norville. The awards were established by the JIC, the public relations arm of the fine jewelry industry, to honor members of the media who have given "superior coverage to the world of gems and jewelry." This year’s honorees were Marion Fasel and Penny Proddow of In Style magazine, Sibby Christensen of the Associated Press and Vivienne Becker of Harper & Queen.

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