May 29, 2001
WJA and ICA Announce Award Recipients
The Women's Jewelry Association has selected Joan Parker, director of the Diamond Information Center, to receive its 2001 Hall of Fame award. The award, which recognizes Parker's accomplishments in support of the diamond jewelry industry, will be presented at WJA's 18th annual Awards for Excellence dinner on July 29.
"I can think of no one more deserving of the honor than Joan Parker, who spent the past 28 years promoting the jewelry industry and conveying the beauty and allure of diamonds to American consumers," says WJA President Phyllis Bergman. Parker has been with DIC almost since its inception. During that time, she has worked to keep diamonds' profile high by ensuring they appear on celebrities at public events, on fashion runways and on the pages of consumer magazines.
Meanwhile, the International Colored Gemstone Association has presented Lifetime Achievement Awards to Hans Stern of Brazil, Ben-Zion Harel of Israel, Reginald C. Miller of the U.S., Yokin Sinchawla of Thailand and Roberto Francesco of Italy.
Stern is known for building the foundation of the Brazilian jewelry industry, and his company, H. Stern Jewelers, is recognized worldwide for upscale fine jewelry. Harel, considered the founding father of the Israeli emerald industry, established Hargem and now is a partner in Sarin Technologies, which develops machinery for gem and diamond businesses. Miller retired in 1990 from his New York City colored-stone business. Sinchawla founded S.S. Agencies R.O.P., which exports gems to more than 50 countries. Francesco developed ICA's disclosure policy and has been president of Capellaro & Co. since 1975.
- by Julia M. Duncan