The late Gerald “Jerry” Sisk Jr., co-founder and executive vice president of Jewelry Television, has posthumously been awarded the Lifetime Achievement from the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA).
The organization honored Sisk’s work and dedication to the industry posthumously in Chansha, Hunan, China, on Thursday.
ICA board member Clement Sabbagh accepted the award on Sisk’s behalf after a video acceptance speech by his widow, Karen Sisk, and JTV co-founders Bob Hall and Bill Kouns.
Sisk, 59, unexpectedly passed away in his sleep on a Sunday morning, Jan. 13.
Sisk was a graduate gemologist (G.I.A.), a member of the International Colored Gemstone Association, and served as a Gemstone Industry & Laboratory Conference committee member. He was named one of the five most powerful people in the world of gems and gemology on the JCK 2012 Power List. His book, “Guide to Gems & Jewelry,” has sold more than 15,000 copies and is in its second printing.
“We are grateful to ICA for honoring Jerry,” Kouns said in a statement. “He was passionate about gemstones and loved the sense of adventure provided when traveling the world in search of the latest discoveries and best values to pass along to our customers.”
During his career Sisk traveled to more than 40 countries worldwide.
“Every two years at the ICA Congress a tribute is presented to someone who significantly contributed to the growth of the gemstones industry during his or her life,” Sabbagh said. “Earlier this year our industry suffered a great loss of a man who, with his passion, accomplished our mission by bringing gemstones to a great number of homes in America through JTV. At this 15 ICA Congress, we are proud to present this tribute of a Lifetime Achievement Award to his wife, family and co-workers.”