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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.



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