Last December, JCK launched its first annual “People of Influence” list, chronicling the accomplishments of a few dozen individuals who had made a lasting impact upon the jewelry industry. A second list saluted those whose more recent achievements made them “People to Watch.” This year, the editors profile a new group of high achievers. We also revisit a couple of last year’s people to watch; talk about several retailers who go out of their way to share with their peers; and recognize some usually unsung heroes for their significant, but behind-the-scenes, contributions to the industry. Honing the list isn’t easy because so many individuals deserve public recognition. But we feel these made the most visible contributions in the past year. So here, in alphabetical order, are our picks for 1997 People of Influence, People to Watch, Retailers of Influence and Unsung Heroes.