Every year the Women's Jewelry Association (WJA) puts on one of the absolute greatest parties of the year - its the Awards for Excellence. The evening is a beautiful celebration of the jewelry industry, and select women for their achievements. The press release came out just before I left for the Couture Show, and I was so touched by all the wonderful notes of congratulations.
As the WJA puts it: “The awards are given to female professionals in the jewelry and/or watch industries who have demonstrated significant achievements throughout their careers, in categories that include: design; manufacturer, dealer, supplier; retail; sales and merchandising; marketing and communications; editorial media; special services; and watches. “
I am thrilled to be nominated along with a powerhouse group of women, several of whom I personally know. Congratulations to all the nominees, especially those special ladies who make everyone's sparkle dreams come true, my fellow designers: Wendy Brandes, owner/president, Wendy Brandes Jewelry; Jennifer Dawes, principal/designer, Jennifer Dawes Design; Claudia Kretchmer, president, Steven Kretchmer; Ilaria Lonzoni, design director, Hearts on Fire.
I will forever be grateful to the WJA, and all the members for giving so generously to me a foundation and network when I changed careers and dove head first into the alluring world of fine jewelry.
Looking forward to celebrating with all of you, and cheering you on!