The GEM Awards gala was conceived in 2001 to celebrate the people and companies who are telling the story of jewelry best with awards in several categories. It was produced by the Jewelry Information Center, then the authority on jewelry marketing and promotion. Throughout its esteemed history, the GEM Awards ceremony has honored excellence in jewelry design, watch design, journalism, marketing, communications and style.

In 2009, Jewelry Information Center merged with Jewelers of America, the leading trade association representing businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace. Jewelers of America continues the mission of Jewelry Information Center -- to honor and support those who shine a positive spotlight on fine jewelry and watches.

Click through the gallery to see GEM Award's highlights from its inception to today.