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Past Winners

 

Awards for Excellence Hall of Fame Past Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award

2016 Sissy Jones
2015 Pam Mortensen
2014 Ruth Batson
2013 Candy Udell
2012 Pilar Cabo Coin
2011 Varda Shine
2010 Susan M. Jacques
2009 Diane von Furstenburg
2008 Sybil Yurman
2007 Anna Martin
2006 Hedda Schupak
2005 Phyllis Bergman
2004 Mary Forté
2003 Juell Kadett
2002 Harriet Schreiner
2001 Joan Parker
2000 Beryl Raff
1998 Laurie Hudson
1995 Kathryn Kimmel
1994 Nancy Brewer
1993 Babette Goodman Cohen & Jane Goodman Baum
1990 June A. Herman
1989 Helene Fortunoff
1988 Gerry Gewirtz
1987 Eunice Robinson Miles
1986 Sallie Morton
1985 Peg Kirby

Ben Kaiser Award

2016 Peter Engel
2015 Clayton Bromberg

2014 Dave Bonaparte
2013 Darwin Copeman
2012 Thomas A. Andruskevich
2011 Matthew G. Stuller
2010 James C. Courage
2009 Matthew Runci 
2008 Steven Kaiser
2006 Terry Burman
2005 William Boyajian
1999 Ralph Destino
1996 Ben Kaiser 

Corporate Award

2016 Ben Bridge Jewelers
2015 Gumuchian
2014 Richline
2013 Standard Chartered
2012 Rio Tinto
2011 Helzberg Diamonds
2010 JCK Events & JCK Magazine

 

 

Awards For Excellence Past Winners

C A T E G O R Y    I :    Design, Fine Jewelry & Watches
2016  Claudia Kretchmer, Steven Kretchmer
2015 – Pamela Froman, Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry
2014 – Heather B. Moore, Heather Moore Jewelry
2013 – Irene Neuwirth, Irene Neuwirth, Inc. 
2012 – Kara Ross, Kara Ross Designs
2011 – Katey Brunini Marotta, K. Brunini Jewels
2010 – Sarah Graham, Sarah Graham
2009 – Ann Lagos, Ann King Designs
2007 – Paula Crevoshay, Mellika Co., Inc.
2006 – Lisa Jenks, Lisa Jenks Limited
2005 – Judith Ripka, The Judith Ripka Companies, Inc.
2004 – Cathy Carmedy, Cathy Carmendy, Inc.
2003 – Erica Courtney, Erica Courtney, Inc.
2002 – Barbara Berk, Barbara Berk Designs
2001 – Doris Panos, Doris Panos Designs
2000 – Susan Sadler, Susan Sadler Fine Jewelry Design
1999 – Yuri Ichihashi, Yuri Ichihashi, Inc.
1998 – Judith Conway, Judith Conway, Inc.
1997 – Penny Preville, Leslie Greenberg-Penny Preville, Inc.
1996 – Susan Helmich, Susan Helmich Designs
1995 – Anita Gumuchian, Myriam Gumuchian, Patricia Gumuchian, Gumuchian Fils Ltd.
1994 – Maria Canale, Suna Bros., Inc.
1993 – Barbara Westwood, Barbara Westwood Designer Jewelry
1992 – Chris Correia, The Chris Correia Collection
1991 – Tina Segal, H. Steppenjay, Inc.
1990 – Akiko Wakabayashi, Nova Styling, Inc.
1989 – Marsha Breslow, Marsha Breslow Collection
1988 – Sandy Baker, Sandy Baker, Inc.
1987 – Kristin Moore, Kristin Moore Ltd
1986 – Michelle Savitt, Janis Savitt, M & J Savitt, Inc.
1985 – Esther Gallant, Esther Gallant, Inc.
1984 – Angela Cummings, Angela Cummings, Inc.
 
C A T E G O R Y   I I  :    Manufacturer, Dealer &/or Supplier for Fine Jewelry, Gemstones, Metals or Watches
2016  Tiffany Kay, Tiffany Kay
2015 – Laurie Watt, Mayer & Watt
2014 – Chana Regev, Carelle
2013 – Lita Asscher, Royal Asscher
2012 – Andrea Hansen, Ivanka Trump
2011 – Joanne Slawitsky, Kassoy
2010 – Fiona Tilley, Gurhan
2009 – Gena Alulis, Superfit, Inc.
2007 – Eva Goldberg, William Goldberg Diamond Corporation
2006 – Andrea Hill, The Bell Group
2005 – Rachel Wertheimer, JewelAmerica, Inc.
2004 – Joy Toback-Galicki, Myron Toback
2003 – Norma Hass, ENH International, Inc.
2003 – Linda Malias Passaro, Mont Blonc
2002 – Ann S.Arnold, Isabella Fiske, Lieberfarb, Inc.
2002 – Stacie Orloff, Corum USA
2001 – Cynthia Marcusson, Cynthia Renee Co.
2000 – Luly Erdel, Rudilf Erdel Platinum/OE Designs
1999 – Phyllis Bergman, Mercury Ring Corp.
1998 – Miriam Galli, Irene Vitau, Gemveto Jewelry Co.
1997 – Aya Azrielant, Andin International, Inc.
1996 – Julianne Jaffe, J.J. Marco
1995 – Osnat Gad, Osnat Gad, Inc.
1994 – Geri Bondanza, Michael Bondanza, Inc.
1993 – Karen Good, Michael Good Designs, Inc.
1992 – Donna Chambers, Donna Chambers, Inc.
1991 – Magdelena Hess, Jose Hess, Inc.
1990 – Ronny Lavin, Peter Brams, Inc.
1989 – Diana Chatham, Chatham Created Gems
1988 – June A Herman, Jabel, Inc.
1987 – Judith Rosenberg, Judith Jack, Inc.
1986 – Babette Cohen, Jane Baum, I.B. Goodman, Inc.
1985 – Veronica Sikla, Rockson Jewelry
1984 – Nancy Brewer, Nancy B & Company
 
C A T E G O R Y    I I I a :    Retail, more than 15 Doors
2016  Marta Nowakowski, Saks Fifth Avenue
2015 – Eve Rogers, Graff 
2014 – Kim Adams, Reeds Jewelers
2013 – Linda Bridgewater, Fred Meyer Jewelers
2012 – Laura Swan, Kohls
2011 – Debbie K. Sloane, Cartier NA
2010 – Aida Alvares, Birks & Mayors, Inc
2009 – Bea Spiech, Macy’s
2007 – Tryna Kochanek, Sterling Jewelers, Inc.
2006 – Debbie Harvey, Shane Co.
2005 – Nancy Skinner, Zales Outlet
2001 – Ruth Fortunoff, Fortunoff Fine Jewelry
1997 – Leslie Mann, Sears, Roebuck & Co.
1994 – Carolyn Keyy, Saks Fifth Avenue
1993 – Esther Fortunoff, Fortunoff Fine Jewelry
1991 – Marianne Mooney, Saks Fifth Avenue
1986 – Mollie Wollman, Fortunoff Fine Jewelry
1984 – Helene Fortunoff, Fortunoff Fine Jewelry
 
C A T E G O R Y    I I I b:    Retail, fewer than 15 Doors
2016  Jennifer Gandia & Christina Gandia Gambale, Greenwich St. Jewelers.
2015 – Veronica Guarino, Louis Anthony Jewelers
2014 – Cathy Calhoun, Calhoun Jewelers
2013 – Joanne Teichman, Ylang 23
2012 – Olivia Cornell, Cornell’s Jewelers
2011 – Maria Piano, Shreve & Co.
2010 – Lula Halfacre, Traditional Jewelers
2009 – Kathy Corey, Day’s Jewelers
2007 – Susan Eisen, Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry & Watches
2006 – Sully Furrer, Robbins Bros.
2005 – Robin Levinson, Levinson Jewelers
2004 – Sissy Jones, Sissy’s Log Cabin
2003 – Marie Helene Morrow, Reinhold Jewelers
2002 – Mary Todd McGinnis, Ben Bridge Jewelers
2000 – Nancy Mann, Mann’s Jewelers
1999 – Susan Jacques, Borsheim’s Fine Jewelry & Gifts
1998 – Jeanne Hancock Larson, The Collector Fine Jewelry
1996 – Colleen Rafferty, Christensen & Rafferty Fine Jewelry
1995 – Candy Udell, London Jewelers
1994 – Ruthie Tivol, Tivols
1992 – Janice M Rovito, Finlay Fine Jewelers
1990 – Dorie Hatfield, Karten’s Jewelery
1989 – Juell Kadet, Roger’s Enterprises, Inc.
1988 – Diana Singer, Antoinette’s Estate Jewelry
1987 – Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler
1985 – Portia Prestin, Mayor’s
 
C A T E G O R Y    I I I c:    Retail, non-traditional
2016  Kris Kulesza, Jewelry Television
2015 – Deborah Nicodemus, Moda Operandi
2014 – Jennifer Arthur, Amazon
2013 – Angelina Chen, CIRCA
2012 – Debra Puzio, QVC
2011 – Diane Irvine, Blue Nile, Inc.
 
C A T E G O R Y    I V:    Sales & Merchandising
2016  Maren Rosen, Stuller, Inc.
2015 – Amy Levine, Gurhan
2014 – Amy Jackson, Fragments
2013 – Candace Edelman, Alex Sepkus
2012 – Jan English, Frederick Goldman
2011 – Dawn McGuire, Sterling Jewelers, Inc
2010 – Shayne Kiesbuey, Erica Courtney
2009 – Robin Lutin, JCK International Publishing Group
2007 – Janet Goldman, Fragments
2006 – Susan Rothman, Hearts On Fire Company
 
C A T E G O R Y    V:    Marketing & Communications
2016  Jen Cullen Williams, Luxury Brand Group
2015 – Rebecca Moskal, Communique LA
2014 – Fran Pennella, Benali Consulting LLC
2013 – Amanda Gizzi, Jewelers of America
2012 – Lisa Cochin, Forevermark USA
2011 – Michelle Orman, Last Word Communications
2010 – Helena Krodel, Jewelers of America/JIC
2009 – Brandee Dallow, Julius Klein Group
2007 – Diane Warga Arias, DWA Communications, Inc.
2006 – Marcee Feinberg, Lazare Kaplan International, Inc.
2005 – Carol Brodie, CurtCo Media
2004 – Terri Eagle, David Yurman
2003 – Diane Mattioli, Vogue Magazine
2002 – Elizabeth Florence, Jewelry Information Center
 
C A T E G O R Y   V:    Sales (combined with Marketing & Communications, 2002)
2001 – Barbara Mooty, NMJSA.AJM Magazine
2000 – Suzy Boshwit, M. Fabrikant and Sons
1999 – Linda Kloner, Vanity Fair Magazine
1998 – Myra Goldstein, Simon Sobie & Co., Inc.
1997 – Joyce Castleberry, Ella & Mirabella Magazines
1996 – Peggy Groszm, Bernard Groszm
1995 – Linda Pierpoint, Leach & Garner
1994 – Amy Rosi, David Yurman
1993 – Linda Zimmer, Gumuchian Fils, Inc.
1992 – Toni Lyn Judd, Toni Lyn & Company
1991 – Jolene Dumont, Jose Hess, Inc.
1990 – Betty Moss, Jose Hess, Inc.
1989 – Pat Barno, A & Z Hayward
1988 – Cindu Geller, Cindi, Ltd
1987 – Elizabeth Chatelain, Jerry Madison
1986 – Elsa Hart, Peter Lindeman
1985 – Penny Ruston, Skalet, Inc.
1984 – Tina Segal, Nuco Jewelers
 
C A T E G O R Y    V:    Marketing (combined with Sales and Communications, 2002)
2001 – Cindy Edelstein, Jewelers Resource Bureau
2000 – Liz Chatelain, Market Vision/MVI Marketing Ltd
1999 – Sande Finkel, Londo Jewelers
1998 – Robin Lewis, Italian Jewelry Group
1997 – Pam Levine, Levine Design
1996 – Nancy Robey, The Robey Partnership
1995 – Debbie Hiss, GIA
1994 – Laurie Hudson, PGI USA
1993 – Lynn Ramsey, Diamond Information Center
1992 – Peggy Willet – AGTA
1991 -  Nancy Risdon, World Gold Council
1990 – Betsy Irwin, Diamond Promotional Service
1989 – Kathryn Kimmel, Nova Styling, Inc.
1988 – Elizabeth Dolan, Diamond Information Center
1987 – Arlene Friedlander, Fortunoff Fine Jewelry
1985 – Leslie Domino, Citizen
1984 – Linda Goldstein, Goldstein Communications
 
C A T E G O R Y    V I :    Media -Editorial, Reporting, Publishing
2016 Syl Tang, Financial Times Watches & Jewellery
2015 – Monica Stephenson, iDazzle
2014 – Michelle Graff, National Jeweler
2013 – Melissa Colgan, Martha Stewart Weddings
2012 – Roxanne Robinson, WWD
2011 – Jennifer Heebner, JCK Magazine
2010 – Tanya Dukes, Elite Traveler
2009 – Cheryl Kremkov, Modern Jewelry
2007 – Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Veranda
2006 – Victoria Gomelsky, Couture International Jeweler
2005 – Tania Riddell, Modern Bride
2004 – Carmen Borgonovo, W Magazine and W Jewelry
2003 – Heather Bracher Severs, Town & Country
2002 – Jill Newman, Robb Report & Basel Magazine
2001 – Marion Fasel, Penn Proddow, InStyke Magazine
2000 – Donna Frischknecht, National Jeweler
1999 – Peggy Jo Donahue, Professional Jeweler/Bond Communications
1998 – Alice Keller, Gems & Gemology
1997 – Jennifer Leventhal, JQ Publishing
1996 – Lorraine DePasque, Modern Jeweler
1995 – Hedda Schupak, Jewelers Circular Keystone
1994 – Audrey Bromstad, JQ Magazine
1993 – Ginger Dick, Writing That Works
1992 – Patrice Gillespie, JQ Magazine
1991 – Eileen Farrell, National Jeweler
1990 – Cindy Edelstein, Jewelers Circular Keystone
1989 – Deborah Holmes, Jewelers Circular Keystone
1988 – JoAn Paganett, Retail Reporting Bureau
1987 – Ettagale Blauer, Freelance Writer
1986 – S. Lynn Diamond, National Jeweler
1985 – Nancy Pier Sindt, National Jeweler
1984 – Gerry Gerwitz, Gerry Gerwitz Report
 
C A T E G O R Y    V I I :    Special Services
2016  Dona Mary Dirlam, Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
2015 – Becka Johnson Kibby, The Edge Retail Academy 
2014 – Desiree Hanson, JCK
2013 – Brenda Gamba, Jewelers Board of Trade
2012 – Mary Lou Keen, AGTA
2011 – Yancy Weinrich, JCK
2010 – Ruth Batson, American Gem Society
2009 – Dione D Kenyon, The Jewelers’ Board of Trade
2007 – Susan Elliott, GIA
2006 – Jenny Luker, PGI USA
2005 – Nirupa Bhatt, Rio Tinto Diamonds
2004 – Charlotte Preston, Charlotte Preston Catalysts
2003 – Bev Hori, Ben Bridge Jewelers
2002 – Gillian Schultz, Metonet Safe & Sound
2001 – Cecilia Gardner, Jewelers Vigilance Committee
2000 – Erica Van Pelt, Van Pelt Photography
1999 – Anna Martin, ABN AMRO Bank
1998 – Caroline Stanley, PGI
 
Category VIII:  Watches
2016  Michelle Peranteau, Baume et Mercier
2015 – Jeanine Drtina, Cartier
2014 - Rosanna Doherty, Cartier