NEW YORK — Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Marie Claire, took the stage at the GEM Awards to accept the award for journalistic excellence on behalf of the magazine. Coles began by reading from a note her husband had given her. “Dear GEM Awards committee, seriously, you think my wife needs an award for her obsession with jewelry? For God’s sake, you’re enabling her. She doesn’t need an award, she needs an intervention,” deadpanned Coles. The editor laughed, admitting, “I am a jewelaholic.”

This story first appeared in the January 11, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Coles was hardly alone in her affliction. The ceremony, presented by the Jewelry Information Center, was packed with fellow jewelry devotees, including Sybil and Evan Yurman, and Carol Pennell of David Yurman; Ron Frasch; Matt Runci of Jewelers of America; David Bouffard of Sterling Jewelry, and Mike Barnes of Signet.. The evening at Cipriani 42nd Street was emceed by television host Lloyd Boston.

Jeweler-to-the-stars Neil Lane was presented with the award for jewelry style by client and friend Jennifer Hudson. The newly slim Hudson wore a sleek black Alexander McQueen dress paired with sparkling Christian Louboutin peep-toe heels, and was decked in Lane’s creations. She said of Lane, “When I was nominated for the Academy Awards, that’s when our relationship started. And we have not parted since. He did my engagement ring, and he does everything, all my jewelry.…It’s passion that drives people to their success, and it’s passion in how he’s put his art into everything that he is.”

Lane seemed overcome with emotion upon receiving his award, and asked, “Why would I get an award for something I just love to do?” The designer thanked a slew of boldfaced friends and coworkers, most importantly thanking, “my spiritual adviser at the Kabbalah Center…and I’d like to dedicate my award to my parents, who always supported and encouraged my creativity.”

Additional honorees included Breitling, for corporate communications, and Dr. Jeffrey E. Post, curator of the U.S. National Gem and Mineral Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, for lifetime achievement.

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