September 20, 2017

New York, NY – Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has announced the GEM Award nominees in the categories of Jewelry Design, Media Excellence and – new for 2018 – Retail Innovation. The winners in these categories will be announced live during the 16th Annual GEM Awards on Friday, January 19, 2018, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.

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September 6, 2017
New York, NY – Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, and the GEM Awards Committee have announced that actress Debra Messing will receive the GEM Award for Jewelry Style at the 16th annual GEM Awards on Friday, January 19, 2018, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.  Messing will be receiving the GEM Award for her personal style that inspires and encourages consumer desire for fine jewelry.
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August 2, 2017
New York, NY – Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, welcomes an announcement from the Trump Administration and Congressional leaders that the border adjustment tax (BAT) will not be included in any comprehensive tax reform proposal being considered. Jewelers of America had been advocating against the tax, which was included in the earlier House Republican Tax Reform Blueprint. It would have imposed a 20% tax on all imports, including finished jewelry and mined materials used to produce jewelry.
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July 27, 2017
New York, NY – Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has elected John Henne, President of Henne Jewelers in Pittsburgh, PA, as Board Chairman. He succeeds Ryan Berg, Market President of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. Henne was elected on July 24, 2017 at Jewelers of America’s Board meeting that also welcomed new Directors.
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July 14, 2017
New York, NY – Jewelers of America (JA), the leading jewelry association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, is hosting its Designer Preview & Member Meetup on Sunday, July 23 at Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine. JA Retail Members will have the opportunity to mingle with fellow jewelers and enjoy complimentary food and drinks while previewing jewelry from a selection of JA Supplier Members. The Designer Preview & Member Meetup – sponsored by Synchrony Financial, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company and United Precious Metal Refining, Inc. – is free for JA Retail Members and press to attend but registration is required.
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June 26, 2017
New York, NY – Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, hosted two days of legislative events for jewelers in Washington, D.C., on June 20 and 21, giving retailers and suppliers the opportunity to learn about key issues that affect their businesses and meet with top lawmakers. Events, which were part of the Jewelers of America Political Action Committee’s annual D.C. fly-in, included a Dinner and Legislative Forum at the historic Army & Navy Club on June 20, and a full day of meetings with Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill on June 21.
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June 7, 2017
New York, NY – Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, announced today it is establishing a new collaborative relationship with the Diamond Council of America (DCA), after the boards of both organizations voted this week in favor of a new affiliation agreement. The affiliation would take effect later this year, following a vote by DCA members at the DCA Annual Meeting on July 17, and review by the New York Attorney General.
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June 2, 2017
New York, NY – Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, and the GEM Awards Committee have announced that Sally Morrison, Director of Sales and Marketing, Americas, of Gemfields, will receive the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 16th annual GEM Awards on Friday, January 19, 2018, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.
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May 24, 2017
New York, NY – Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has announced that submissions are being accepted in four categories for the 16th Annual GEM Awards gala taking place on January 19, 2018, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. GEM Awards, the jewelry industry’s premier accolade gala, honors the achievements of individuals and companies whose work raises the visibility of fine jewelry and watches.
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May 23, 2017
New York, NY – Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, will host a Dinner & Legislative Forum on Tuesday, June 20, 2017at the prestigious Army & Navy Club in Washington, D.C. The event – open to both JA Members and non-members – will offer an insider’s perspective on the laws and regulations that affect jewelry businesses. Jewelers of America’s D.C.-based legislative counsel, Haake Fetzer will host the Town Hall-style format on hot topics including sales tax fairness – with legislation recently reintroduced in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate – jewelry-related regulations, and the proposed 20% tax hike on imports that could be part of comprehensive tax reform.
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