Snapshots From 2015’s 24 Karat Weekend

Jewelers of America’s 13th annual GEM Awards and the 113th annual banquet of the 24 Karat Club of New York warmed industry hearts during a frozen January weekend. 

Photographs by Ben Rosser and Angela Pham from




GEM AWARDS: Model Carolyn Murphy accepted the GEM Award in marketing and communications for Shinola, where she is women’s design director. 

GEM AWARDS: GEM Awards chair and host Norman Miller with Jewelers of America president and CEO David J. Bonaparte 


GEM AWARDS: JA director of PR and special events Amanda Gizzi with Rashad Jennings, a running back for the New York Giants 


GEM AWARDS: The 13th annual event, live-streamed online for the first time, took place Jan. 9 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. 

GEM AWARDS: Signet vice president of corporate affairs David Bouffard and wife Barbara with actress Jane Seymour and Scott Rauch of SHR Jewelry Group 


GEM AWARDS: Designer David Yurman and wife Sybil Yurman, founders of David Yurman  


GEM AWARDS: Stephen Webster and Claudia Mata won GEM awards in the design and media excellence categories, respectively.

GEM AWARDS: Lifetime Achievement Award winner Larry Pelzel and Karen Katz, both with Neiman Marcus 

GEM AWARDS: London-based mining company Gemfields sponsored the cocktail hour, always a lively affair. 

24 KARAT: David J. Bonaparte, JA’s president and CEO, with Bill Farmer Jr., chairman of JA’s board of directors


24 KARAT: Todd and Debbie Wolleman of Leo Wolleman Inc., Monique Shire of Tourneau, and her friend Jon Fishel 


24 KARAT: Cathy Calhoun of Calhoun Jewelers, S. Lynn Diamond of White & Case, and Forevermark’s Lisa Cochin 

24 KARAT: Lou and Veronica Guarino of Louis Anthony Jewelers in Pittsburgh with Dan Bogue of Mastoloni Pearls


24 KARAT: Ronnie VanderLinden of Diamex with Michael Toback, president of Myron Toback Inc.


24 KARAT: Wempe USA president Ruediger “Rudy” Albers and his wife, Maggie