b'MESSAGE FROM THE GEM AWARDS CHAIR Welcome to the 18th annual GEM Awards presented by Jewelers of America.As our industry continues to thrive with booming jewelry sales and creativity, the master themes for 2020 are optimism and outstanding performance.This is only possible thanks to the excellence of the designers, editors and retailers operating in our sphere.The GEM Awards Committees task to pick the nominees and honoree for the GEM Awards are more daunting every year due to the high caliber of talent in each field. Choosing one over the other seems unfair when you seehowmucheachcontributestothesuccessanddynamismofthe jewelry market.After many lively discussions, GEM Awards is proud to present tonight:Three outstanding designers: Ana Khouri, Nikos Koulis and Carlo TraglioThree outstanding editors: Anthony DeMarco, Tanya Dukes and Rachel Garrahan Three outstanding retailers: Foundrae, HODINKEE Shop and Twist They are to be praised as innovators as they always keep our industry more relevant.They combine tradition, innovation and quality, and challenge the entire industry to stay on top of its game. They know the ins and outs of products before they hit the market and continuetoeducateproductsavvyconsumerswithdifferentwaysof shopping across multiple networks.They reinvent the relationship with clients for whom service and experience bear equal importance to make their purchase memorable.Ed Bridge, our GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement honoree, has carried these qualities high during his time at the helm of his prestigious family company, Ben Bridge Jeweler. Ed leads by example in passing these values to the next generation, thus ensuring his clients will be comfortable doing the same, keeping the jewelry tradition alive and stronger than ever! Thank you to the GEM Awards Committee and Jewelers of America team for supporting this iconic event. I wish you all an optimistic year in 2020 and an outstanding evening tonight! Olivier J. StipChair, GEM Awards 10 18TH ANNUAL GEM AWARDS'