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Atlanta comrades in fashion, the fine jewelry industry’s biggest night, the GEM Awards were held today January 6, 2012 to honor the talents and achievements of jewelry and timepiece designers and companies. Each year, the Jewelry Information Center (JIC) of New York holds its GEM Awards to honor the best manufacturers, retailers, and media who meet their criteria to be luminaries in their chosen field in the jewelry/gems and watch-making industry.

This year’s honorees included Ralph Destino, who got the Lifetime Achievement award, Chanel Fine Jewelry for Corporate Communications, Editor-At-Large of Vogue.com Candy Pratts Price for Journalistic Excellence and the honorable Daphne Guinness for Jewelry Style. Held at the Cipriani 42nd Street, the awards were attended by industry professionals and A-listers including designers Carolina Herrera (what a gorgeous sequined coat but then again, CH always looks elegant in anything she wears!), Alex Woo, Erica Courtney and Shaun Leane, Chanel Ambassador actress Anna Mouglalis and Olivier Stip, the Senior Vice President of Fine Jewelry & Watches at Chanel, and actress Padma Lakshmi.

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