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Meeting new people and forming meaningful business relationships is the hallmark of the Women's Jewelry Association and its world-wide network of members.  






Christina Miller
Christina T. Miller, independent sustainable jewelry consultant, provides strategy, guidance, and impact measurement to help jewelers make lives better around the world. Miller is co-founder and former executive director of Ethical Metalsmiths (EM), a not-for-profit organization founded in 2004 that strives to increase responsible practices in the jewelry industry through education. In 2013 EM successfully introduced FAIRMINED gold to the US in collaboration with 23 independent jewelers and refiner, Hoover & Strong. From 2006 – 2010 Miller was assistant professor of jewelry and metalsmithing at Millersville University. She holds a BFA from Millersville University and an MFA from East Carolina University.





Lisa West
Lisa West is a Freelance Computer Aided Design Jewelry Designer in San Diego. A disable veteran of the United States Air Force, graduate of the Gemological Institute of America’s Graduate Jeweler and Jewelry Design and Technology programs. At home she is a wife, and mother of two handsome red headed boys, and on the weekends, she plays soccer with a bunch of over thirty something ladies. She is currently working with a startup Jewelry company creating all the 3D models for all the products.


2019 Member Grant Recipients

The Women's Jewelry Association (WJA) announced that it has awarded $16,500 in member grants to women around the country. Member Grants are awarded to female, professional-level, WJA members in good standing, in increments of $500 to be used toward professional growth.

Funds for WJA Member Grants are raised by the national organization, as well as by WJA chapters around the country. All applications are reviewed by the WJA Member Grant Committee, chaired by Susan Elliott, Director of Education Resources for the GIA. All qualified applicants are entered into random drawing to determine the winners.

Grant Winners are listed by the WJA Chapter that submitted their names:
  • Austin: Jen Leddy-Barnes
  • Boston: Wendy Jo New
  • Chicago: Sue Rosengard, Anne Van der Meulen, Olivia Zale
  • Colorado: Alexandra Fitzgerald
  • Dallas: Kelly Grise, Patricia Schrag
  • Houston: Maggie Segrich
  • Los Angeles: Harvinder Keila
  • Miami: Tiffany Joachim
  • Northern California: Sara Beck, Christy Comstock, Brittany Stadtmiller
  • NY Metro: Kristine Cabanban, AnnaLisa Cervi, Christine Malle, Stephanie Maslow Blackman, Annmarie Sclafani Stewart
  • Ohio/Kentucky: Christina Miller, Leslie Wright
  • Philadelphia: Christine Alaniz
  • Providence: Jennifer Skiba
  • Raleigh: Martha D'Alessandro
  • San Diego: Laura Fischer, Niki Grandics, Kathleen Lynagh House
  • Seattle: Nancy Castillo, Jessica Herner
  • Twin Cities: Jennifer Bellefleur, Dawn Bruggeman
  • Charlotte Preston "Get's it Done" Grant: Betsy Sanders

2018 Cindy Edelstein Jewelry design scholarship



Julie Martin
Julie Martin earned her B.A. in Applied Design in Jewelry and Metalsmithing at San Diego State University. Following school, she began a 3-year apprenticeship with a master jeweler in San Diego who is now part of her current team. After her apprenticeship, Julie started a fashion jewelry company. A decade later she founded Scout Mandolin, a luxury brand that makes custom one of a kind engagement rings, wedding bands, and fine jewelry based in the Napa Valley. In her spare time, Julie enjoys yoga, travel, hiking, and spending time with her dog, Haven, and her husband, Alex.


2018 Gabrielle love foundation scholarship



Magan Byron
Magan Martin Byron earned her BFA in Jewelry and Metalworking from the University of Georgia. She is currently enrolled in Gem Identification at the Gemological Institute of America, the last course she needs to complete her Graduate Gemologist degree. She lives in Athens, GA with her husband and two dogs where she works as the Operations Director at T.K. Anderson Designs. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, hiking, gardening, and traveling.



  • Hsinyu Chu GIA $7,000
  • Sidnee Tyree Kendall College of Art and Design $5,000
  • Hannah Hash GIA $5,000
  • Ekaterina Korzh University of Iowa $3,000
  • Jacqueline Lapuck GIA $3,000
  • Zihan Yang Savannah College of Art and Design $3,000
  • Sarah Andrie GIA $1,000
  • Madison Desmond GIA $1,000
  • Natalie Tjaden University of Tennessee $1,000
  • Jodi Webster University of Kansas $1,000