GEM AWARDS ANNOUNCE NOMINEES: The Jewelers of America have revealed the nominees for its annual GEM Awards, which honors both individuals and brands whose work raises the visibility and status of fine jewelry and watches. The ceremony, to be held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York on Jan. 9, recognizes excellence in three categories: design, marketing and communications, and media excellence. This year’s nominees for design are Alexis Bittar, Stephen Webster and Todd Reed. Nominees for marketing and communications are Foremark, Shinola, and Tudor. Finally, the nominees for media excellence are W magazine’s Claudia Mata, Revolution magazine USA’s Jack Forster, and The Jewellery Editor’s Maria Doulton. The awards will also honor a recipient in the category of Lifetime Achievement, with the name of the honoree forthcoming. Past recipients include Marie Helene Morrow, Jack Heuer, and David and Sybil Yurman.