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24 Karat Club of Southern California Recognizes 3 Honorees

Events & AwardsMay 30, 2023

24 Karat Club of Southern California Recognizes 3 Honorees

They will be celebrated at the annual dinner dance and gala in the fall.

Georgie Gleim, Shelly Sergent, and Molly Peterson
The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California will honor three industry members at its fall gala. They are (from left to right): Georgie Gleim, Shelly Sergent, and Molly Peterson.
Los Angeles—The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California has announced its three honorees for 2023.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Georgie Gleim of Palo Alto’s Gleim the Jeweler.

Gleim is president of the store, which was founded in 1931. She is also heavily involved in the industry, having been a past president of the American Gem Society, past board chair of Jewelers of America, and past president of the Jewelers Education Foundation.

She’s received many accolades over her career, including being inducted into National Jeweler’s Retailer Hall of Fame. She is a Robert M. Shipley Award recipient and has a WJA Award for Excellence in Retailing.

The 2023 Excellence in Service honoree is Shelly Sergent, curator of the Somewhere in the Rainbow Collection in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Somewhere in the Rainbow aims to provide education and an appreciation of colored gemstones and artisan-crafted jewelry to museums, stores, and educational facilities. 

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Sergent received the 2022 AGS Sallie Morton Award. She has exhibited and presented the Somewhere in the Rainbow Collection at the Smithsonian Natural History Affiliate Museum, Harvard, and the University of Arizona.

Internationally, she has presented the collection at Gem-A in London, Germany, and Scotland.

Sergent is on the University of Arizona Board of Directors for Geo Sciences and is a founding member of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Museum, which opened in 2020.

Finally, the Rising Star Award recipient is Molly Peterson of Seattle’s Ben Bridge Jeweler.

The Ben Bridge bridal buyer joined the merchandising team in 2021. Prior to that, she was a top sales associate and manager, taking home honors like “Store of the Year,” “Highest Store Sales Increase,” and “Buyer’s Choice,” from the company.

Her role as bridal buyer sees her in charge of the Ben Bridge’s proprietary bridal brand, Bella Ponte, which specializes in custom design and state of the art technology.

The three honorees will be officially honored at the 79th Annual Dinner Dance and Gala this fall.

“We are really excited about this year’s slate of honorees,” said Adam Graham, president of the Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California.

“We invite everyone out to celebrate with us on Oct. 7 at the beautiful Ritz Carlton on the water in Marina Del Rey.”

Information on the 79th Annual Dinner Dance and Gala, including tickets and sponsorship, is available online

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