Welcome to the WJA Boston Chapter's page! 
The WJA began here in Boston in 1976, with more WJA history being created in 2014 when a group of dedicated women and men formed the Boston chapter. We have been thrilled with the growth of our chapter, and if you are not already part of it, we invite you to join. Our community is made up of committed and enthusiastic jewelry designers, makers, retailers, gemologists, dealers, and collectors who form a strong professional and enthusiast 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 collaborations with those who are already linked in the industry. 


During these difficult times, the easiest way to get in touch with your chapter is to post to your local chapter community on WJA Connect. Whether you’re seeking advice or are looking for resources to manage your business, our online platform is a great way to stay in touch with your fellow members! note > there many online resources for WJA members to stay connected at this time, including:

Pearl's As One Course
Educational Webinars
Negotiable Training

to access all available resouces from National

Past Events
Thank you for joining last Thusday July 2 
Great Conversation! 

Thank you for attending our May 21, 2020 at 5 pm Second Virtual Chills & Chats !
after this photo was taken 3 additional Memebers joined the conversation


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



Thursday February 27, 2020
6:30pm – 8:30pm 

The Merchant Kitchen & Drinks 
60 Franklin Street in Downtown Crossing (Franklin between Arch & Hawley Streets.)

Steps from the Jeweler’s Building on Washington Street, the Orange Line Downtown Crossing station,
State Street station Green Line Downtown Crossing station Blue Line State Street station

$6 validated parking at 33 Arch Street Garage. Google Map 



Thusday, December 5, 2019

"The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire"
Join us, at SKINNER  for an evening with author, Francesca Cartier Brickell, to immerse yourself in the captivating story of the family behind Cartier
Register on Eventbrite
click on this link

About the Aunthor 

Location: Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers - 63 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116 - Google Map 
Date And Time


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INTHEKNOW EVENT - OCTOBER 15, 2019 6 to 8 pm
Mineralogical & Geological Museum

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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 ! Was so much fun and everyone reconnected and-or made new friends, contacts. 

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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Raquel Alonso-Perez, PhD, FGA
Geologist, Gemmologist 
Museum Curator,

Vice President 

Social Media Chair
Gerard Riveron
Private Jeweler
Exclusive Jewelry/Founder


Lori Magno
Visual Communications
Event planning coordinator 

Lori Magno Artisan Jewelry

Membership CHAIR

Munya Avigail-Upin


Wendy Jo New
Designer/Creator /Marketer/Owner:

Marei Dose 

Jewelry Maker at Chris Ploof Designs

Immediate Past President


Peri O'Connor

Members at large

Lisa Pacino-Leone
Events volonteer