JCK’s Rob Bates and National Jeweler’s Michelle Graff to Be Honored by JSA

The Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) announced it will host its annual luncheon at the New York Yacht Club in New York City Jan. 12, where it will honor five individuals who have provided “outstanding assistance to the safety and security of the jewelry industry,” according to a company statement on the event.

JSA will present its 14th annual Industry Service Award to two veteran jewelry and gem journalists: Michelle Graff, editor-in-chief of National Jeweler, and Rob Bates, news director of JCK.

Graff has been with National Jeweler for 11 years, and Bates has been with JCK for 21 years.

“Michelle and Rob are terrific journalists with a deep knowledge of crime and the jewelry industry,” said John Kennedy, president of JSA, in a prepared statement. “The information they are able to spread to a wide audience has been of enormous assistance to JSA in its mission of reducing crime against the industry.”

Michelle Graff National Jeweler
Michelle Graff, editor-in-chief of National Jeweler
Rob Bates
Rob Bates, news director for JCK

The pair will be honored alongside three members of the Paramus, N.J., police department—Deputy Chief Robert M. Guidetti, Detective Lieutenant Frank Scott, and Detective Nicholas J. Luciano—who’ve collectively been involved in more than 100 cases involving the jewelry industry, representing millions of dollars in stolen merchandise.

“The Paramus Police have long rendered important assistance to the jewelry industry,” said Kennedy. “Their investigations, arrests, and assistance to other police agencies have made a tremendous impact on keeping the industry safer.”

Paramus Police Anti Crime Unit
The Paramus, N.J., Police Anti-Crime Unit (courtesy JSA)

The Jeweler’s Security Alliance provides crime prevention information and services to the jewelry industry and routinely works with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to support its more than 20,000 member locations. A nonprofit trade association founded in 1883, it’s the only entity of its kind in the industry.

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