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24 Karat Club Names Excellence Honorees

Sep 11, 2019 8:05 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... The 24 Karat Club of Southern California will recognize three industry members for their work in the trade at its 2019 annual gala, it said Monday. 

Terry Chandler, CEO of the Diamond Council of America (DCA), will receive the group’s Lifetime Achievement Award on October 12 for his years of work on behalf of the diamond industry. He was instrumental in gaining reaccreditation for the DCA from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, and broadening DCA’s membership from 70 to nearly 300. 

Chandler also created the Jewelry Career Initiative, which teaches diamond and colored-gemstone courses in high schools throughout the US, and worked with the board to bring DCA in as an affiliate of Jewelers of America (JA).

“The Lifetime Achievement Award was created to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to the jewelry industry throughout their career,” said Silvia Raz, president of the 24 Karat Club. “[Chandler] is a gifted professional with a proven dedication to this industry, truly worthy of this honor and recognition.”

The group will also present Excellence in Service accolades to Bill Jones and Ruben Bindra. Jones is an award-winning jewelry designer and CEO of jewelry retailer Sissy’s Log Cabin. Bindra, owner of gemstone import business B & B Fine Gems, is currently serving his third term as president of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), and is the only person to be elected to the position three times.

“Bill and Ruben have both made a tremendous impact on our industry, and exemplify a high standard of professionalism, business ethic, and a commitment to excellence, true to the 24 Karat Club’s mission,” Raz added.

Clarification: This article has been updated to reflect that the honors are being awarded by the 24 Karat Club of Southern California, rather than just the 24 Karat Club as originally stipulated.  

Image: Terry Chandler. (24 Karat Club of Southern California)
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