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WJA Pays Tribute to Industry Leader Lynn Ramsey

She passed away on June 30 at age 77.




WJA Pays Tribute to Industry Leader Lynn Ramsey

(PRESS RELEASE) The Women’s Jewelry Association is saddened to learn of the passing of longtime member and former board member Lynn Ramsey. She passed away on June 30, 2022 at the age of 77 in Naples, FL. A memorial will be held In New York City in the future.

Ramsey’s illustrious jewelry and watch journey included serving as Vice President of Cunningham & Walsh Public Relations where she played a large part in the launch of SWATCH watch. She also served as Vice President of N.W. Ayer & Partners where she ran the Diamond Information Center for a number of years. Ramsey began her career in magazine publishing and was an author.

Prior to her retirement, Ramsey was tasked with elevating the Jewelry Information Center to a national presence. She served as president and CEO
and was its jewelry industry spokesperson, appearing on numerous television shows, including “Oprah” and CNN News.

Ramsey was an active WJA member and dedicated volunteer having served as a National Board member and local NY Metro Chapter Board member for many years. She was eager to serve her community and a natural leader. In 1993, we honored Ramsey with our Awards for Excellence designation in marketing. Ramsey paved the way for many women in our industry and her impact will continue to be felt for years to come.



Celebrate Your Retirement with Wilkerson

For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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