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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

Members and prospective members are invited
to join us on April 12th for:

An Evening with Eve J. Alfillé at Her Gallery & Studio

623 Grove St. 
Evanston, IL 60201

Thursday, April 12, 2018
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Registration details and information will be available soon.


Recent Events

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.


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