New York, NY — Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, and the GEM Awards Committee has announced that Jim Rosenheim, Chairman of Tiny Jewel Box in Washington D.C., will receive the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 15th annual GEM Awards on Friday, January 13, 2017, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.

The GEM Awards gala honors the outstanding achievements of individuals or companies whose work raises the visibility and status of fine jewelry and watches. The GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement is granted to an individual who has accumulated a careerís worth of contributions to the fine jewelry and watch industry. Honorees set a standard of excellence that serves as an inspiration to industry colleagues.

Jim Rosenheim has helped his family grow Tiny Jewel Box, a three-generation jewelry business, into an iconic Washington, D.C., institution and internationally renowned jewelry store. His career at Tiny Jewel Box began at the age of 12, working by his parentís side, and by 18, he was a lapidary and bench jeweler. Today, he leads the store as its Chairman. Jimís vision was to transition Tiny Jewel Box from a resource of primarily antique jewelry to a fashion-forward store with the best jewelry at a wide range of price points. He was one of the first jewelers to bring bold, Italian jewelry to the forefront in the U.S. and is credited with discovering designers from David Yurman to Alex Sepkus.

Jim earned a BS from Syracuse University, an MBA from the American University, attended Georgetown Law Center and holds a Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America.

ìJim Rosenheim is one of the most respected individuals in the jewelry industry. He is passionate, kind and a dear friend to many. The success of Tiny Jewel Box is only one aspect of his achievements. His lifetime of nurturing talent and giving back to the jewelry industry are a large part of why the GEM Committee will honor him with a Lifetime Achievement Award,î says Norman Miller, Chair of GEM Awards.

In addition to the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement, JA will reveal winners of several other GEM Awards live during the ceremony. The other GEM Awards categories and their nominees will be announced soon.

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