Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons was awarded the “Award for Style” at last week’s GEM ceremony in New York City.

The Def Jam co-founder was honored Friday night (January 9) for his work in the jewelry industry.

The Jewelry Information Center (JIC) specifically praised Russell for his Simmons Jewelry Co. collections that effortlessly fuse urban concepts with chic, of-the-moment design elements… Funds from Simmons Jewelry Co.’s “Green Bracelet” provide crucial support for this educational initiative in Africa. (Press Release)

Aside from Russell’s charitable contributions, the Simmons Jewelry Co. boasts many world wide retail outlets.

Simmons Jewelry Co. can be found in premier jewelers and fine department stores including Zales, Gordon’s Jewelers, Kay Jewelers, Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, Neiman Marcus and Macy’s East Department Stores. (Simmons Jewelry Company)

The hip-hop pioneer is currently scheduled to attend President-elect Barack Obama‘s inauguration next week.

Simmons will be in Washington, D.C. to host the Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball with rappers Young Jeezy and T.I. on Jan. 19. (New York Daily News)

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