SOURCE: Jewelers of America

Jewelers of America

October 22, 2014 09:39 ET

Jewelers of America Announces Recipient of GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement

GEM Award Nominees Also Named in the Categories of Design, Marketing & Communications and Media Excellence

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - October 22, 2014) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has announced that Larry Pelzel, Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager, Precious Jewels of Neiman Marcus, will be the recipient of the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 13th annual GEM Awards on January 9, 2015, at Cipriani 42nd St in New York.

The GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement is granted to an individual for an accumulated career's worth of contributions to the fine jewelry and watch industry. Honorees set a standard of excellence that serves as an inspiration to industry colleagues.

"Larry has an eye for beautiful jewelry, a talent for discovering jewelry designers and an unwavering passion for the jewelry industry," says Norman Miller, GEM Awards Chair. "We are honored to celebrate his contributions to the jewelry industry with this prestigious award."

Larry has worked in the high-end luxury jewelry industry for over 34 years. He joined Neiman Marcus in 1980, and has since worked his way up from Sales Associate, Precious Jewels, to his current position of Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager, Precious Jewels. From Neiman Marcus' flagship store in Dallas, he oversees all aspects of the Precious Jewels Division from buying, to the renowned in-house Design Studio, to promotions and advertising.

In addition to the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement, JA will present GEM Awards for Design, Marketing & Communications and Media Excellence. The winners for each will be announced live at the ceremony, which is considered the "Academy Awards" of the jewelry industry. The nominees for the GEM Award for Design are Alexis Bittar, Todd Reed and Stephen Webster. The nominees for the GEM Award for Marketing & Communications are Forevermark®, Shinola and TUDOR. The nominees for the GEM Award for Media Excellence are Claudia Mata, Accessories and Jewelry Director of W; Jack Forster, Editor-in-Chief of Revolution Magazine USA; and Maria Doulton, Founder of The Jewellery Editor.

For details on the GEM Awards, nominees and to purchase tickets and sponsorship packages, visit www.jewelers.org/gemawards.

GEM Awards is the fine jewelry and watch industry's premier accolade gala, hosted by Jewelers of America, that recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals and companies whose work raises the visibility and status of fine jewelry and watches. GEM Awards are presented in the following categories: Lifetime Achievement, Design, Marketing & Communications or Media Excellence. The 13th Annual GEM Awards will be held on January 9, 2015, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. For more information on the history of GEM Awards, visit www.jewelers.org/gemawards.

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    Amanda Gizzi
    Jewelers of America
    646-658-5811