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Welcome to the WJA Boston Chapter! 

Women's Jewelry Association Boston logo WJA BostonThe WJA began in Boston in 1976, with more WJA history created in 2014 when a group of dedicated women and men formed the Boston chapter. We have an amazing group of designers, retailers, appraisers, collectors and gem dealers in our chapter, and if you are not a part of it, we cordially invite you to join. Our community is made up of committed and enthusiastic jewelry designers, makers, retailers, gemologists, dealers, and collectors who have created a brilliant network in the Boston area, with links nationally and internationally. In addition to professionals and enthusiasts, we welcome and encourage students, emerging artists, and artisan business people, who seek mentoring, friendships, and collaboration with those who are already part of the industry. 

Join the WJA Boston Chapter for our next MEMBERS CHILL & CHAT! Wednesday, November 16th from 5pm - 7:30(ish!) pm at Lord Hobo Brewery in Woburn. Easy location, with plenty of free parking! Members, please RSVP! Join your colleagues for a low-key get together, bring your questions - we are always ready to help members find answers to their process/industry questions!


We had an amazing time at our 'In the Know' panel event on ethical gem sourcing at the Harvard University Mineralogical and Geological Museum on October 18th! The panel was moderated by Wendy Jo New, President of WJA Boston and Owner, Wendy Jo New Metal Designs and Raquel Alonso-Perez, Curatrix of the the Harvard Mineralogical & Geological Museum welcomed all of us to the school and to the newly renovated Gem Gallery! We had a lively conversation with Paul Dragone of Boston Gems, Aline Arlslanian of ADCO Diamond Corp., and Will Nevins-Alderfer of W.R. Metalarts. A terrific crowd was on hand for this event (the first of many on the topic) and we hope you can join us for a future event!


THURSDAY, September 8th - Jewelry Night Out - Boston Chapter!
6pm - 8:30pm at Studio on the Common in Winchester, MA.

A terrific night to see long-time friends and colleagues, meet new members, and celebrate our 10+ year members!


Our Summer Social in the Garden at Metalwerx on July 20th was great fun!

Thanks to all who joined us in the garden patio at Metalwerx Studio in Waltham. A hot summer night was no match for designers, makers, students and teachers engaged in happy jewelry talk, catching up, and discussing plans for upcoming shows and classes. The energy and the collegiality were a balm for the artist soul!


Past Events

Thank you for attending our December 9, 2020 at 7 pm our Third Virtual Chills & Chats ! 

WJA Boston February Chill & Chat!

Thank you for attending our May 21, 2020 at 5 pm Second Virtual Chills & Chats !


April 30th. Our first "Chills & Chats" Virtual Zoom Event



Thursday February 27, 2020  

The Merchant Kitchen & Drinks 



Thusday, December 5, 2019

"The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire"

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INTHEKNOW EVENT - OCTOBER 15, 2019 6 to 8 pm

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2019 JNO Boston Chapter (Jewelry Night Out)
took place on Thursday September 12, 2109
at the Harvard 
Mineralogical & Geological Museum, in Cambridge 


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June 10, 2019 - Thanks to all who joined us at our Chill & Chat Event at METALWERX! 

Special thanks to our Host Wendy Jo New !
It was so nice to tour the facility, very impressive set-up!

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April 23, 2019 - Thanks to all who joined us for Paula Crevoshay Lecture and Q&A session by the artist and display of her creations at the Harvard Mineralogical and Geological Museum
View the lecture Video

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 March 7, 2019 - Thanks to all who joined us for a celebration of International Women's Day with an all-star panel of designers, teachers, and retailers at the Mineralogical and Geological Museum, Harvard University
Special thanks to all our panelists!

L-R: WJA Boston President, Raquel Alonso-Perez of Harvard University, Megan Flynn of M. Flynn Jewelry, Moria Flynn of M. Flynn Jewelry, WJA Boston Vice President, Gerard Riveron, Curator of Art and Jewelry, Munya Avigail-Upin, Alchemy 925, Ana Katarina Dervisevic of, Deborah Richardson, Deborah Richardson Designs 

Thank you all for coming to our January event: 
Film:  J. Fred Woell: An American Vision

Special thanks to North Bennet Street School for hosting us and Munya Avigail Upin for introducing this beautiful and inspiring film!

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Boston Chapter President:

Lori Magno

Lori Magno President Elect WJA Boston Chapter

Corporate Culture professional, Boston Artist & Jewelry Maker at


Immediate Past President:
Wendy Jo New

Designer, fabricator, teacher & owner: Wendy Jo New Metal Designs

Marei Dose

Jewelry Maker, Teacher

(*This could be you! Join us!)


Board Secretary