Known for her great style and love of jewelry, Debra Messing has been selected to receive the 2018 GEM Award for Jewelry Style at the 16th annual GEM Awards on January 19, 2018. The Jewelers of America (JA)and the GEM Awards Committee have chosen to honor actress Debra Messing for her personal style that inspires and encourages people to wear fine jewelry.
“Jewelry has been a passion of mine since my father produced the Tiffany heart in his factory in the 70s. My father taught me that jewelry is wearable Art and I have spent countless hours learning about the evolution of design,” says Messing. “A piece of jewelry can make me feel strong, feminine, royal, edgy, demure — I can transform. Every day. My love for jewelry is deep and true and I am beyond honored to be acknowledged in this way.”
Messing’s jewelry style is marked by bold designs, statement pieces and a love for color. Through her exquisite accessory choices, she communicates that jewelry is wearable art and introduces the public to independent designers, acknowledging them freely.
Debra Messing is best known for her role as Grace Adler on NBC’s Emmy® Award-winning and Golden Globe®-nominated comedy series Will & Grace. This fall, Messing is reprising her role on the show’s revival with the entire original creative team, premiering September 28. Her recent television performances include ABC’s remake of Dirty Dancing, as Marjorie Houseman; the NBC series The Mysteries of Laura; and as Julia Houston in NBC’s Smash, a musical drama about the creation of a new Broadway show.
Messing is the Global Health Ambassador for Population Services International (PSI) focusing on HIV/AIDS. Other charities Messing supports include HRC (Human Rights Campaign), Everytown for Gun Safety, and Joyful Heart Foundation. She was honored with The Trevor Life Award for her contributions to the LGBT community.
Past GEM Award Jewelry Style honorees include Madeleine K. Albright, Russell Simmons and The Honorable Daphne Guinness.