Jewelry Industry Warms to Ice Bucket Challenge

The ice bucket challenge has gone viral and has swept up everyone from former presidents to Cookie Monster, and the jewelry trade is playing its part.

The challenge was created to help spread awareness about and raise money for the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerois (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Here are prominent jewelry people and retailers taking the challenge:

Darwin Copeman, CEO, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co., Neenah, Wisc.

Jewelers of America, New York City

Victoria Gomelsky, editor-in-chief, JCK, New York City

Ruth Batson, CEO, American Gem Society, Las Vegas 

Donna Jolly, deputy executive director, American Gem Society, Las Vegas

The American Gem Society staff, Las Vegas

Harvey Kanter, CEO, Blue Nile, Seattle

David Cochran, president and CEO, Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America, Attleboro Falls, Mass.

Craig Danforth, director, global business development, Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad, Calif. 

Jenny Caro, Jewelry by Design, Woodbridge, Va.

Lily & Co. Jewelers, Sanibel, Fla.

Trinity Jewelers, Pittsburgh

Hank Siegel, president, Hamilton Jewelers, Princeton, N.J.

Evert B. Botha, chief operating officer, Embee Diamonds, Saskatchewan, Canada

Brian Gavin, president and CEO, Brian Gavin Diamonds, Houston


JCK would be happy to feature even more ice bucket challenge videos from people in the industry. Please post them in the comments, or email them to Logan Sachon at If we get enough we’ll include them in a follow-up. (Videos must be posted on YouTube to be included here.)

Learn more about the ice bucket challenge and the ALS Association.

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