Meeting new people and forming meaningful business relationships is the hallmark of the Women's Jewelry Association and its world-wide network of members.
The WJA Chicago Chapter focuses on helping members advance and develop careers in the jewelry and watch industry. Throughout the year, we host educational and social events with opportunities to network and to learn more about various facets of the industry.
Our members come from both city and suburbs. They include a mix of those involved in retail and wholesale businesses, design, marketing, sales, support services, and other aspects of the industry. To facilitate professional growth of members, the chapter supports and promotes grants and scholarships, offers opportunities for mentoring, and participates in national and chapter recognition programs.
Additional event details and links for online registration will be provided when available.
WJA Mix & Mingle
A networking event in the Fulton Market area
WJA Party in the Park
An evening picnic and networking event in Millennium Park
Movie with Live Music at Ravinia
Joining CJA at Ravinia in Highland Park for the movie Vertigo, with soundtrack performed live by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
WJA Women in the Know
& Jewelry Night Out
Educational speakers and breakout sessions at WITK during the day, followed by the annual JNO membership event in the evening where you can join WJA or renew your membership at a once‑a‑year‑only reduced rate.
Renée Newman Presentation
An educational session about pearls and gemstones
For questions about events, email Jennifer Santi (our Events Co-chair) at email@example.com.
An Evening with Eve J. Alfillé at Her Gallery
WJA Chicago welcomed four new and renewing members during the networking session that started the evening.
During the program Ruth Thuston, Director of Fine Jewelry, described the auction process, how to prepare for an auction, and tips about bidding. Roberta Kramer, Auctioneer and Managing Director, conducted a mock jewelry auction.
Our 2018 Shining Star!
Thank you, Olivia, for your
extraordinary volunteer service
to WJA Chicago!
Join us for the fun as we learn, connect, and grow professionally by participating in local educational and networking events. Venues include wonderful stores, galleries, studios, museums, and other industry-related companies throughout the Chicago area. We offer special member pricing for events.
To learn about becoming
a WJA member and about the Chicago Chapter, contact Olivia Zale (our Membership Chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President-Elect / Co-VP:
Anne van der Meulen
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