The Jewelry Insider

July 28, 2010

It was ladies’ night at the Women’s Jewelry Association Gala in New York this week, where the industry’s most famous female face showed up in style.

The Women’s Jewelry Association held its 27th Annual Awards for Excellence Gala on Monday night at New York’s favorite summer spot, Chelsea Piers.


A slate of awards were given to industry luminaries like Susan Jacques, president of Borsheims, and James Courage, chief executive of Platinum Guild International (PGI), but Donald Trump’s most successful spawn nearly stole the show.

Wearing a flowy sea green mini and statement chandelier earrings from her own line, Trump was there not just to hob nob but to present the Corporate Award for Excellence to JCK Events and JCK Magazine.

Trump’s jewelry line, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, has been a smashing success with expansion into the wholesale business and news that handbags and shoes are next, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

In the meantime, women continue to follow Ivanka’s fashion lead when it comes to bling, including her own wedding and engagement ring style that created more buzz than even Chelsea Clinton’s rocks. Check them out on our Jewelry Insider blog for a closer look.

Other WJA category winners include:

  • Sarah Graham, the designer behind Sarah Graham Metalsmithing, won the award
    in the category of Design: Fine Jewelry and Watches.
  • Fiona Tilley, who co-launched Gurhan with her husband, the brand’s namesake
    designer, took home the award in the category of Manufacturer/Dealer/Supplier
    for Fine Jewlery/Gemstones/Metals/Watches.
  • Aida Alvarez, senior vice president of merchandising for Birks and Mayors,
    won for the category of Retail: 15 stores or More.
  • Lula Halfacre, owner of Traditional Jewelers in Newport Beach, Calif., won
    in the category of Retail: Fewer than 15 stores.
  • Shayne Kiesbuy, national sales director for Erica Courtney, was the winner
    in the category of Sales and Merchandising.
  • Helena Krodel of Jewelers of America (JA), who is director of media and
    special events for JA’s consumer division, the Jewelry Information Center, won
    for Marketing and Communications.
  • Tanya Dukes, director of fashion, accessories and fine jewelry coverage for
    Elite Traveler won in the category of Editorial/Reporting/Publishing.
  • Ruth Batson, executive director and chief executive officer of the American
    Gem Society won in the Special Services category.

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