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Blackhawk-Raised Second Generation Jeweler Alexis Padis Wins Two Prestigious Jewelry Industry Awards in 2022

The Padis family has been in the jewelry business for nearly 50 years – and company founders Steve and Judy Padis proudly welcomed their daughter, Alexis, into the business 12 years ago. Following in her parents’ footsteps, she dove right into the industry and became involved in a number of organizations. 

In addition to becoming company president in 2017 and spearheading growth that includes a location at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek and a downtown Napa location, Alexis becomes the youngest and only the 5th female President-Elect for the American Gem Society Board of Directors – an organization that represents the top 5% of jewelers across the country, focused on consumer protection and continuing education. 

In 2017, Alexis received the Women’s Jewelry Association Award of Excellence in Retail, a national award recognizing female leaders in the industry. She also received the American Gem Society’s Young Titleholder of the year in 2021 and attended the invite-only Gemological Institute of America’s Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. 

This year, with the return of more in person events, also brought on two new inaugural awards – The “20 Under 40” by Jewelers of America and the NextGen Diamonds Do Good Awards. 

Jewelers of America “20 Under 40” in Jewelry

Alexis is the only Californian represented in the Jewelers of America’s inaugural “20 Under 40 in Jewelry Retail List” recognizing professionals who exemplify leadership and a commitment to elevating jewelry retail for consumers. A panel of industry judges selected the 20 honorees from the nationwide applications. 

JA President and CEO David Bonaparte said, “Jewelers of America’s 20 Under 40 in Jewelry Retail List was designed to recognize young and talented individuals in all facets of the retail jewelry industry. These recipients will pave the way for a brighter future and the next generation of jewelry industry professionals.”

Diamonds Do Good® Next Gen Award

Within a few weeks, global non-profit Diamonds Do Good® tapped Alexis, Feriel Zerouki of DeBeers, Kealeboga Pule of Nungu Diamonds, and Kecia Caffie of Piercing Pagoda as its inaugural award recipients. The Next Gen Awards were presented at Diamonds Do Good’s annual gala on June 9th at the Venetian Hotel, Palazzo Ballroom in Las Vegas. 

“Our goal is to recognize leaders who represent the future for our industry. These individuals span the mining, manufacturing and retail sectors and we will highlight their accomplishments in their respective fields and support of the communities where they do business,” says Diamonds Do Good’s President and GIA Senior Vice President, Anna Martin.

“Alexis has had first-hand experience successfully pivoting through the pandemic years, embracing an omnichannel approach while taking risks that proved fruitful for her business and community. She takes to heart the responsibility of the independent jeweler to promote ethical business practices, uphold consumer protection and continue their jewelry education while supporting her own local community” said Martin. 

“The recipients of these awards reflect the importance of engaging community around the world,” says DDG Co-Founder and Civil Rights Leader Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., “Now more than ever we need to reaffirm and share this commitment with consumers everywhere.”

The entire Padis Jewelry family is overwhelmingly proud of Alexis and her accomplishments as she continues to establish herself and Padis Jewelry as committed jewelry industry leaders. The non-commissioned team at Padis Jewelry is happy to assist you with any questions, jewelry maintenance, appraising or to help you select your next family heirloom to wear and enjoy. We also offer local delivery and concierge services!

Feel free to reach the Padis team at or 415-861-5388 if we can be of assistance in any way. Wishing you and your family lots of happy memories and vacations during these lovely summer months!

By Steve Padis, Padis Jewelry and the Forevermark Boutique at Broadway Plaza

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Steve Padis
Steve Padis Jewelry

Steve and Judy Padis own and operate Padis Jewelry, which has four locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. They founded the company in 1974 and are proud to have earned a reputation as one of the finest jewelers in San Francisco, serving generations of clients for their most precious moments in life, from engagement to anniversary to milestone gifts. Padis Jewelry maintains top-tier relationships with the most sought-after designers including Tacori, Forevermark, Verragio, Breitling, Tag Heuer, and Roberto Coin. As members of the American Gem Society, Padis is among the top 5% of jewelers across the country.

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