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WJA Appoints Board Members

The board also welcomed a new president elect.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — The Women’s Jewelry Association welcomed new members to its board of directors and made an addition to its executive committee.

New board members include: Kristyn Beausoleil, national director of partner development, Forevermark; Susan Chandler, chief merchandising officer, Citizen Watch America; Morgan Miller, account executive, Couture Show; Tina Olm, director enterprise business development, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group; Jacqueline Raffi, vice president of business development (retail and national accounts), Hearts On Fire; Monica Stephenson, president, Anza Gems, and Tonia Zehrer, senior vice president and chief merchandising officer, Signet Jewelers.

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Among the officers, Jacqueline Cassaway, vice president of merchandising, Starboard Cruise Services, takes the position of WJA president elect.

“We welcome our new board members and congratulate Jacqueline Cassaway on her new position on the executive committee as president-elect,” said WJA President Jenny Luker. “These committed volunteers are the backbone of WJA’s work, and we are grateful they are bringing their insights and experiences to our board.”

Remaining as officers on the executive committee with Luker are Treasurer Sara Yood of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee; Corporate Secretary Rebecca Moskal of Communique; Vice President of Chapter Affairs Lauren Thompson of Jewelers of America; and Past President Brandee Dallow, of the Responsible Jewellery Council and Fine Girl Luxury Brand Building & Communications.

Other WJA Board members continuing their service include: Molly Bell of Rio Grande; Kendra Bridelle of Freida Rothman; Regina Ciarleglio of Jewelers of America; Craig Selimotic Danforth of Jewelers Mutual; Katie Dominesey of JCK Events; Monica Elias of Elias World Media; Rebecca Foerster of Alrosa North America; Myriam Gumuchian-Schreiber of Gumuchian; Hayley Henning of Greenland Ruby; Debbie Hiss of Debbie Hiss Consulting; Allison Neumann of Allison Neumann Studio; Michelle Peranteau of Harry Winston; Maren Rosen of Stuller; Benjamin Smithee of The Smithee Group; and Clare Ullman of Clare Ullman Designs.

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The WJA board’s U.S. regional directors, who will continue in the role of bridging communications between the international board and each of the WJA chapters, include: Sara Commers of Commers Custom Jewelers (Central); and Jen Cullen Williams of Luxury Brand Group (Western).

Serving ex-officio on the WJA board is independent contractor Brenda Gamba, who is president of the WJA Foundation board, which manages the WJA grants and scholarships program as a separate 501(c)(3) organization.

WJA also said farewell to a number of outgoing board members: Danielle Ingwer Cohen of Leo Ingwer, who served as U.S. regional director (Eastern); Peggy Jo Donahue of Peggy Jo Donahue, Writer, who served as communications director; Desiree Hanson of Urban Expositions; who served as vice president of chapter affairs; Kristie Nicolosi of The Kingswood Company, who served as treasurer, and Erin O’Donnell of Emerald Expositions.

“We thank these dedicated and long serving board members,” said WJA Executive Director Bernadette Mack. “They have worked with WJA to achieve new goals across the years, and we wish them well in all their future endeavors.”

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Rembrandt Charms Helps to Inspire Young Minds at AJS

It sponsors this year’s Kids Jewelry Camp at the Atlanta Jewelry Show.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Atlanta Jewelry Show Kids Jewelry Camp nurtures a community where children and teens discover, develop and express their imaginative vision for jewelry in an age-appropriate environment. They are devoted to building the foundation for future generations by inspiring enthusiasm, fostering creativity, and encouraging leadership to produce fully dimensional artisans, designers and businesspeople. These young hearts and minds will determine the future success of the jewelry industry, therefore the mission of AJS Kids Jewelry Camp is to cultivate capable and passionate leaders eager to pursue a career path in the jewelry business.

“Our priority is to welcome and inspire future generations of jewelers, and provide opportunities to build upon for a lifetime,” states Libby Brown, executive director, Atlanta Jewelry Show. “No camps are alike! The specialized curriculum changes for each session, which means each camper will learn something new whether it is their first or fourth time attending.” During the camp, children of industry professionals, ages 7-12 and 13 & up, will live life as a jewelry designer, metalsmith and entrepreneur for two days in a jewelry studio. The campers will work with the same equipment and materials as professional jewelers and learn a variety of techniques from skilled instructors, taking their own design from concept to exhibition.

“It is our responsibility as leaders in the jewelry industry to inspire future generations,” states Eric Lux, vice president, Rembrandt Charms. “As a second-generation business owner, I was inspired by my father’s dedication to creating a quality product that would stand the test of time. Hard-work and innovation are ideals that I will pass along to my own children. The AJS Kids Jewelry Camp is the perfect platform to pass along invaluable information to the jewelry professionals of the future.”

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Inaugural Select Tucson Show a Success

It provided buyers the opportunity to meet with well-known fine jewelry designers and top-tier manufacturers.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Select’s inaugural Tucson Jewelry Show on February 2-3 was a big success garnering accolades from buyers and exhibitors alike. Select Tucson segued smoothly into the AGTA GemFair which opened Tuesday, February 4. It did not interfere or overlap with the main Tucson shows and provided buyers the opportunity to meet with well-known fine jewelry designers and top-tier manufacturers before the other shows for better use of their time.

The show was held at the luxurious Westin La Paloma Resort. The two-day event featured 63 renowned designers and brands including; A. Link, A&D Gem/DVANI, Aaron Henry, Abbott Jewelry Systems, Afarin, Alex Sepkus, Artistry Ltd, Asher, Ava Couture, Breuning, Charles Krypell, Color Masters, Daniella Design, David Connolly/Jabel, Debra Navarro, Dilamani, Eichhorn, Eli Jewels, Erica Courtney, Frederic Sage, Gemveto, Gem + Jewel, Gem Platinum, Gordon Company, Graymoor Lane Designs, Gumuchian, Gurhan, Hari Jewels, Heera Moti, Henderson Collection, House of Baguettes, Hulchi Belluni, Jennifer Dawes Design, John Atencio, John Varvatos, JudeFrances, Jye’s Luxury Collection, KC Designs, Kimberly Collins, Lauren K, Lika Behar, Luca Lorenzini, Makur, Mastoloni Pearls, Mazza Company, Mémoire, NEI Group, Oscar Heyman, Pe Jay Creations, Peter Storm, Picchiotti, Platinum Born, Pohl Jewelry Design, Precision Set, Royal Pearl, Style Gems, Suna, Suzy Landa, Tanya Farah, Toby Pomeroy, William Levine, With You, and Zeghani.

Tucson is a new addition to the Select series of successful fall trade shows held at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas. Washington DC, and Mohegan Sun Resort in Connecticut. Select Jewelry Shows are smaller, intimate shows featuring approximately 60 better brands, highly regarded designers and top-tier manufacturers. For the convenience of store owners and buyers the shows are just two days, Sunday and Monday.

For more information about the upcoming fall shows contact the show manager Jordan Brockhaus-Spears at 844-285-1103 or email info@selectjewelryshow.com.

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Brosway Italia Sponsor of “The South Florida Bloggers Awards”

12 awards, 100 awards nominees, 300 expected influencers and 3000 South Florida members attended the event.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Last Sunday, Brosway, # 1 Fashion jewelry brand in Italy, was the official sponsor of the highly anticipated “The blogger awards of South Florida” award ceremony in Miami, an international event aimed at celebrating the successes of the entire US bloggers community.

12 awards, 100 awards nominees, 300 expected influencers and 3000 South Florida members attended the event in the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

A Brosway gift was present in every prize won by bloggers and in bags distributed to all participants.

The first 12 winners were honored by Brosway with a set of jewels and watches from the best-selling collections.

Repeated emotional moments followed one another throughout the day. In the afternoon, numerous speeches such as “Influencer Growth Strategy” recorded full theaters.

Brosway is always happy to support young new talents and new professional figures, such as influencers, and that’s why he decided to become part of the organization “The blogger union” as a sponsor.

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