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DDG to Honor 3 Industry Veterans in Vegas

Events & AwardsMar 12, 2024

DDG to Honor 3 Industry Veterans in Vegas

At its annual gala, Diamonds Do Good will present awards to GIA, London Jewelers, and Lisa Bridge.

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Diamonds Do Good will present awards to three honorees at its annual gala on May 30.
New York—Diamonds Do Good (DDG) will recognize three industry veterans at its annual fundraising event during the JCK Las Vegas show.

Awards will be presented to the honorees at the organization’s gala on Thursday, May 30, the night before the show opens, at 6.p.m. in the San Polo Ballroom in the Venetian.

“The Diamonds Do Good Awards recognizes leaders who understand the interconnectedness between building a successful business, having a social purpose, and caring for the community,” said DDG President Kathy Corey.

“These are values shared by our organization and the natural diamond industry.”

The Gemological Institute of America will receive the Visionary Leadership Award, which recognizes its “innovative programs and unwavering dedication to independence, excellence, trust, and transparency illuminating the path toward a more sustainable and socially responsible future,” the organization said.

DDG said GIA’s commitment to protecting consumers, education, environmental conservation, and social responsibility has left an “indelible mark” on the industry and has contributed to the betterment of communities around the world.

Independent retailer London Jewelers will be honored with the Community Impact Award. 

This award recognizes the retailer’s commitment to philanthropy and community betterment while also being “a beacon of trust and integrity” for over nine decades, according to the organization.

“London Jewelers exemplifies the profound influence a business can have by not only providing exquisite jewelry but also fostering a world where generosity and compassion thrive,” said DDG.

Lisa Bridge, president and CEO Ben Bridge Jewelers, will take home The NextGen Award, which DDG said recognizes her “exceptional leadership in reshaping the natural diamond and jewelry industry landscape, connecting with Gen Z and Millennial consumers through innovative ideas, and making meaningful contributions to the communities where the Seattle-based retailer does business.”

Ben Bridge Jewelers also recently received the Gem Award for Retail Excellence at Jewelers of America’s annual Gem Awards on March 8. 

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“The recipients of these awards reflect the importance of championing community around the world”, said immediate past president of DDG, Anna Martin. 

“We must proudly share their good works and those of the natural diamond industry with consumers who are looking for these reassurances with their purchases.”

For more information and to purchase tickets or sponsorships, visit the organization’s website.

Founded in 2007, Diamonds Do Good, formerly known as the Diamond Empowerment Fund, was inspired by Nelson Mandela's work to raise awareness about the positive impact of the natural diamond industry. Today, it supports programs that develop and empower people in natural diamond communities. 

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