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JA announces recipient of GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has announced that Larry Pelzel, Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager, Precious Jewels of Neiman Marcus, will be the recipient of the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 13th annual GEM Awards on January 9, 2015, at Cipriani 42nd St. in New York City.

UPMR approved by Commodity Exchange

(ALDEN, N.Y.) – United Precious Metal Refining, Inc. (UPMR) is honored to have been approved to be good for delivery of gold against the COMEX Gold futures contract. The Commodity Exchange, Inc. (COMEX) announced their approval of United Precious Metal Refining, Inc.’s application adding this prestigious status to the extensive list of accreditations and certifications earned by UPMR. 

Gel-Pak announces distribution agreement with Stuller

(HAYWARD, Calif.) - Gel-Pak, a division of Delphon and leading manufacturer of device shipping and handling carriers announced that it has reached an agreement with Stuller to become the exclusive North American distributor of Gel-Pak’s line of Gem-Box products. Stuller is the largest jewelry manufacturing and distribution facility in the United States. 

Jewelers for Children announces results of Board of Directors election

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children, the jewelry industry’s charity, is pleased to announce the results of the annual election for the board of directors. All current officers were elected to a second, two-year term.  They include Ruth Batson, American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories, Chairman; Mark Light, Sterling, Inc., Vice President of Charity Programs; Dennis Ulrich, Richline Group, Vice President of Fundraising; Jim De Mattei, ViewPoint Sales and Marketing, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations; Debra Puzio, Star Luxe, llc, Vice President of Special Programs; Pamela Mortensen, JCPenney, Secretary; Ulrich Wohn, LVMH Watch and Jewelry, Treasurer; and Peter Engel, Fred Meyer Jewelers, Immediate Past Chair.  Terms began on October 1.

GIA appoints Katherine Palmer Andrews as VP of Global Compliance and Ethics

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has appointed Katherine Palmer Andrews to the newly-created position of Vice President of Ethics and Compliance. Andrews has extensive experience developing enterprise compliance programs and leading global teams, including six years in chief compliance officer roles at General Electric Co. She will work with senior management to ensure the integrity of the Institute’s compliance and ethics programs.

Gesswein promotes two

Gesswein has announced the promotion of Sekou Williams to Operations Manager of their Bridgeport, Connecticut distribution facility. A seventeen year Gesswein associate and former warehouse manager, Mr. Williams will now be responsible for all aspect of Gesswein USA order entry, customer service and fulfillment. Jessy Toro, a fourteen year Gesswein associate, was also moved to the position of jewelry sales administrator where she will devote additional attention to telesales and trade and dealer show activities.