AGS Announces 2001 Triple Zero Award Recipients

June 15, 2001

AGS Announces 2001 Triple Zero Award Recipients

The American Gem Society announced its Triple Zero Award for 2001 are Helene Fortunoff of Fortunoff Fine Jewelry, Gabi Tolkowsky of Gabi Tolkowsky & Sons BVBA, Laurie Hudson of the Platinum Guild International, and Kikuichiro Ishii and Koichi Takahashi of Mikimoto (America) Co.

Helene Fortunoff, president of Fortunoff Fine Jewelry, established the fine jewelry division of Fortunoff in 1957. She brought the company to its position as a nationally recognized leader in fine jewelry, and she was recently elected to the Gemological Institute of America's Board of Governors. Gabi Tolkowsky began his career as a diamond cutter in 1956 and has cut and polished famous diamonds such as the Golden Jubilee and The Centenary diamond. He recently developed the Zoe cut.

Laurie Hudson, president of Platinum Guild International - USA, established PGI-USA in 1992. Since then, she has raised consumer awareness of platinum jewelry, and she received the Women's Jewelry Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. Kikuichiro Ishii began his career at Mikimoto in 1966 and became president of the company in 1995. Currently he oversees the design of all merchandise collections. Koichi Takahashi is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Mikimoto and oversees the company's retail and wholesale divisions. He developed the company's distribution network based in Hong Kong.

The awards will be presented at the second annual AGS Circle of Distinction Dinner, July 31, in New York City. The awards were established to recognize members of the jewelry industry for their accomplishments and contributions.

- by Julia M. Duncan