At the annual Women’s Jewelry Association Awards for Excellence gala on Monday, July 29, at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers in New York City, three honorees and nine others will be recognized for their service and dedication to the jewelry industry.
Candy Udell, president of London Jewelers, will receive the Hall of Fame Award; Darwin Copeman, president and CEO of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co., will be honored with the Ben Kaiser Award; and Standard Chartered Bank, a London-based multinational banking and financial services company, will receive the Corporate Award.
Udell began her career at the Long Island–based jewelry chain in 1973, the same year she married Mark Udell, son of Fran and Mayer Udell and grandson of store founder, Charles London. Previously, she has received WJA’s Award for Excellence in the Retail category, was Jeweler of the Year by the New York State Jewelers Association, and earned the AGS Triple Zero Award.
Copeman, meanwhile, joined the Neenah, Wis.–based Jewelers Mutual in May 2009, bringing more than 30 years of insurance experience to the company. He is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, and earned accreditation as a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter.
Standard Chartered is listed on the London Stock Exchange, has secondary listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India, and derives 90 percent of its profits from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
“WJA is honored to have the opportunity to recognize three deserving recipients,” Tryna Kochanek, president of the Women’s Jewelry Association, told the press. “These individuals and organizations have made substantial contributions to the jewelry industry, and they also embody WJA’s mission as an organization to empower women to reach their greatest potential.”
Additionally, nine others will also receive recognition for excellence in in retail, design, manufacturing/supplier, sales, marketing and communications, editorial/reporting/publishing, and special services. Those nominees include:
Design, Fine Jewelry & Watches
Coomi Bhasin, Coomi
Pamela Froman, Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry
Irene Neuwirth, Irene Neuwirth Inc.
Alex Woo, Alex Woo
Manufacturer/Dealer/Supplier for Fine Jewelry/Gemstones/Metals/Watches
Lita Asscher, Royal Asscher
Danielle Ingwer Cohen, Leo Ingwer Inc.
Laurie Watt, Mayer & Watt
Retail, 15 Doors or More
Linda Bridgewater, Fred Meyer
Vida Farwana, Saks Fifth Avenue
Patricia Watkins, Western Stone/Shane
Retail, Fewer than 15 Doors
Shannon Daly, Robbins Bros.
Cynthia Gould, Gould’s Diamonds and Jewelry
Ellen Lacy, Lacy’s
Joanne Teichman, Ylang23
Jessica Herrin, Stella & Dot
Angelina Chen, Circa
Amy Jain & Daniella Yacobovsky, Bauble Bar
Aslaug Magnusdottir, Moda Operandi
Sales and Merchandising
Candace Edelman, Alex Sepkus, Inc.
Andrea Galella, Hermès of Paris
Amy Jackson, Fragments
Jennifer O. Calleri, MJ Christensen
Marketing and Communications
Caryl Capeci, Hearts On Fire
Amanda Gizzi, Jewelers of America
Rebecca Moskal, Communique
Melissa Colgan, Martha Stewart Weddings
Michelle Graff, National Jeweler
Claudia Mata, W magazine
Monica Stephenson, idazzle
Brenda Gamba, Jewelers Board of Trade
Debbie Hiss, Training Consultant
Kristie Nicolosi, The Kingswood Co.