2023 Honorees named

Jewelers 24 Karat Club of So CA Announces 2023 Honorees



PRESS CONTACT: Adam Graham, President | adam.p.graham05@gmail.com

Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California Announces 2023 Honorees: Georgie Gleim, Shelly Sergent and Molly Peterson

Southern California, (May 23, 2023) — The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce the Club’s 2023 honorees, who will be recognized during its 79th Annual Dinner Dance and Gala, which will take place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey, CA, on Saturday, October 7th.

The Lifetime Achievement Award honoree is Georgie Gleim of Gleim the Jeweler in Palo Alto, CA. Georgie is an active member of her community and the jewelry industry. In business, she serves as president of her company that started in 1931. She was inducted into the National Jeweler Retail Hall of Fame, given WJA’s Award for Excellence in Retailing and earned the Santa Clara Small Business Award. She is a Past President of the American Gem Society, Past Board Chair of Jewelers of America, and Past President of the Jewelers Education Foundation. She is a Robert M Shipley Award recipient and an Athena Award winner. In her community, she is president of the Palo Alto Historical Association and the Peninsula Volunteers. For this community service, she was awarded the Palo Alto Tall Tree Award.

This year’s Excellence in Service honoree is Shelly Sergent, Curator of the Somewhere in the Rainbow Collection in Phoenix, AZ. Somewhere In The Rainbow’s mission is to bring hands-on education, understanding and appreciation of fine colored gems and artisan crafted jewelry to museums, retail stores and educational facilities dedicated to enjoying and appreciating the rarity, beauty and value of these gems and master artisan’s works. Shelly is the proud recipient of the 2022AGS Sallie Morton award and 2023 AGTA Leon Rixler achievement award. Carrying education and beauty to all who wish to experience it is her goal. She has presented and exhibited in places such as The Smithsonian Natural History Affiliate Museum, Harvard, University of Arizona and for the 100 Year Celebration of Gem-A in London, Germany and Scotland. She serves on the University Of Arizona Board Of Directors for Geo Sciences and is a founding member of the new Tucson Gem and Mineral Museum that opened in February of 2020.

The Rising Star Award honoree is Molly Peterson of Ben Bridge Jeweler in Seattle, WA. Molly brings over 12 years of industry experience to her role as Bridal Buyer at Ben Bridge Headquarters. Prior to joining the merchandising team in 2021, she excelled as a top sales associate and award-winning manager. Her accolades include Store of the Year, Highest Store Sales Increase, and Buyers’ Choice. During her time as a manager, she was involved with the Rotary Club of Tacoma and was part of several community building collaborations. As Bridal Buyer, she spearheads Ben Bridge’s proprietary bridal brand, Bella Ponte, which leads the industry in custom creation and state of the art technology. Her years of expertise behind the counter widens her skills in curating her collections to be both timeless and innovative, exemplifying Ben Bridge’s dedication to excellence.

“We are really excited about this year’s slate of honorees. Georgie, Shelly and Molly are all truly deserving people, who all work to make our industry and communities better” stated Adam Graham, President of the Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California. “We invite everyone out to celebrate with us on October 7th at the beautiful Ritz Carlton. on the water in Marina Del Rey.”

For tickets, sponsorship and more information on the honorees please visit www.jewelers24kclub.com. The Dinner Dance and Gala is black tie optional.

About Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California

The Jewelers 24 Karat Club was founded in 1944 to promote ethical practices and to further the honor and tradition of the jewelry industry. The club offers a variety of membership meetings, presentations and special events to its members throughout the year.

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