By  on January 10, 2016

Amid a financial climate experiencing major shifts in the commodity and consumer markets directly tied to jewelry’s success, designers, executives and retailers from the industry convened in New York on Friday evening for the annual GEM Awards, organized by the Jewelers of America.

Held at Cipriani 42nd Street, the event saw Temple St. Clair take jewelry designer of the year, Cartier win for watch design, WatchTime editor Joe Thompson take the lifetime achievement award, and JCK’s Rob Bates win for media excellence. Winners were cheered on by their industry peers including David Yurman, Stephen Webster and Neiman Marcus’ Larry Pelzel.

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