JIC honors excellence in the industry

Katie Couric, of NBC’s Today and Dateline, Pamela Fiori, editor-in-chief of Town & Country, Roberto Coin, of Roberto Coin, S.p.a., Peter Webster, and Helene Fortunoff of Fortunoff were honored by the Jewelry Information Center at its Fourth Annual Gem Awards, held Jan. 13 at Cipriani 42nd St., New York City.

Couric received her award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism; Fiori was honored for Excellence in Journalism; Webster and Coin received awards for Excellence in Marketing; and Fortunoff received a Lifetime Achievement award.

Legendary actress, Lauren Bacall, presented Fortunoff’s award. Other presenters for the evening were Michael Kowalski, chairman and CEO of Tiffany’s, who presented Couric with her award; Arie Kopelman, vice chairman and former COO of Chanel, presenter of Fiori’s award; and, Stephanie George, president of InStyle, Real Simple, and Essence Magazine Group at Time, Inc., presented awards to Webster and  Coin. For the fourth consecutive year, the evening was hosted by mistress of ceremonies Deborah Norville, journalist and anchor of Inside Edition.

Some 600 people from the jewelry industry throughout the world attended the event. In addition to honoring the recipients of the Gem Awards, the event celebrated JIC’s 60th anniversary of service to the jewelry industry. The chairman of JIC’s committee for this year’s Gem Awards was Steven Kaiser, of Kaiser Time, Inc.

Now a well-established event and annual gathering of industry leaders and professionals, JIC’s Gem Awards recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals and companies whose work raises the visibility and status of fine jewelry and watches. The Gem Awards honor a combination of retailers, manufacturers, and media who meet the stringent criteria to be leaders in their field.