(NEW YORK) – Jewelers of America (JA) and the GEM Awards Committee have announced the 20th annual GEM Awards, originally scheduled for Friday, January 14, 2022, have been postponed due to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of COVID-19. The GEM Awards have been rescheduled to take place on March 18, 2022 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.
The 20th annual GEM Awards gala will honor the outstanding achievements of individuals and companies whose work raises the visibility and status of fine jewelry and watches.
“With Omicron moving quickly through the United States, the GEM Awards Committee and the Jewelers of America Board of Directors had to make a quick and tough decision to move GEM Awards. The health and safety of our guests is our top priority. We look forward to getting everyone together in March to celebrate our incredible honorees and nominees and thank everyone for their understanding,” says JA President & CEO David Bonaparte.
The 24 Karat Club Banquet, previously set to take place on January 15, will now be held on March 19 at its same venue, Cipriani South Street. The Boards of both organizations closely aligned to ensure the jewelry industry can continue to come together during one celebratory weekend when it is safe to do so.
All GEM Awards sponsorships and tickets will be automatically transferred to the new March date. For details on GEM Awards, visit gemawards.jewelers.org.