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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.

Upcoming Events


Additional event details and links for online registration will be provided when available.

August 15, 2018

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

September 13, 2018

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.

October 22, 2018

Renée Newman Presentation
An educational session about pearls and gemstones

For questions about events, email Jennifer Santi (our Events Co-chair) at 

Recent Events


An Evening with Eve J. Alfillé at Her Gallery

WJA Chicago met with with Eve J. Alfillé in Evanston to tour her gallery, visit her studio, and learn more about pearls.

How to Bid and Win at Auction
hosted by Heritage Auctions Chicago 

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!

Olivia Zale 

      Thank you, Olivia, for your
      extraordinary volunteer service
      to WJA Chicago!





Join us!

Become a WJA member.

Membership in Women’s Jewelry Association offers
tools you can use to advance professionally.

Participate with our chapter.

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. 

Attend one of our upcoming events and learn firsthand about the Chicago Chapter.


To learn about becoming
a WJA member and about the Chicago Chapter, contact Olivia Zale (our Membership Chair) at


Connect with us!




Susannne Siegel

President-Elect / Co-VP: 
Susan Wheeler
Olivia Zale

Past President:
Myriam Tashey

Carolina Cole

Anne van der Meulen

Membership / Eblast:
Olivia Zale

Susan Wheeler 

Events / Fundraising:
Denise Hartman

Nancy Hudson
Carolina Cole

Grants / Scholarships:
Nancy Hudson

Social Media / Events:
Jennifer Santi