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Recipients

 

2020 CARELLE GRANT WINNER

 


 

Eve Streicker

Eve Streicker, the Founder of Original Eve Designs, specializes in creating custom fine jewelry and jewelry collections. With work experience at Tiffany & Co. in education and luxury sales training, in museum and auction house settings, as well as managing jewelry production for small designers and purchasing estate jewelry from the public, Eve has a wide array of experiences that contribute to her love for jewelry, history, gemstones, and craftsmanship. Eve is a certified Graduate Gemologist and Graduate Pearl expert by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). She received her M.F.A. in Metal/Jewelry/CAD-CAM from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and her B.A. in Art History and Studio Art Practice from Williams College.
 
Eve is the President of the Metro New York Chapter of the Women's Jewelry Association (WJA). She is a member of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), Jewelers of America (JA) and the GIA Alumni Association. Eve has work in the permanent collection of the Bernard Museum in NYC and is also the proud recipient of the WJA Shining Star Award 2017, WJA Member Grant 2015, and the Bertha Anolic Memorial Grant 2013. 

 
 

2020 VETERAN GRANT WINNER (Sponsored by jewelers Mutual)

 


 

Latoya Boyd

Latoya Boyd, originally from Los Angeles, CA is a first-generation jewelry designer, jeweler and graduate gemologist, forging her own way in the jewelry industry. Latoya has been creating fashion, accessories, and jewelry since early childhood and has been a self-taught jeweler and jewelry designer for over 22 years.
 

After her service in the Army, she chose FIDM to study Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing where she graduated in 2017 and earned her Associate of Arts Degree in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing Arts. Latoya then attended the Gemological Institute of America where she went on to study and earn her full Graduate Gemology Degree consisting of a Graduate Diamonds Degree, Colored Stones Degree, and a Graduate Gemology Degree; she also earned a CAD for Jewelry certificate. After finishing at the GIA and taking some time away from school, she came back to school to learn more and earned a certificate in Diamond Jewelry Repair from John Fish Jewelry School.
 
Latoya launched her eponymous jewelry line, Latoya Boyd Jewelry, which specializes in ready to wear and fashion and fine jewelry, accessories, custom jewelry design, jewelry and watch repair, and estate jewelry. Latoya is an avid gardener and an active member in her local veteran community. She is passionate about all things gems and jewelry related and loves to design and fabricate all kinds of jewelry.


 

2020 Member Grant Recipients


The Women's Jewelry Association (WJA) announced that it has awarded $15,500 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 Lauren Johansen, Directory of Membership Strategy and Experience at the American Gem Society. 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: Elizabeth Gibson
  • Birmingham: Alayna Jones
  • Boston: April Chestnut
  • Chicago: Nancy Hudson, Tina Kato-Rohde, Jeanette Park
  • Colorado: Avery Oatman
  • Dallas: Gayla Moores, Shannon Saxman
  • Houston: Meaghan Gorman
  • Los Angeles: Roselle Angellano
  • Miami: Coco DeSalazar
  • Northern California: Hilary Finck
  • NY Metro: Brecken Branstrator, Amy Delson, Kimberly Yee
  • Ohio/Kentucky: Christina Brandewie, Anne Holman
  • Portland: Elizabeth Simpson
  • Philadelphia: Carly Kent
  • Providence: Joanne Gadwah, Suzanne Wernevi
  • Raleigh: Anna Tinkelenberg
  • San Diego: Christine Lopez
  • Seattle: Gina Hawkins, Ann-Marie Keeney
  • Twin Cities: Erin Bitzan, Brigitta Luttrell, Lisa Torguson
  • Charlotte Preston "Get's it Done" Grant: Sarah Herrin
     
 

2020 Cindy Edelstein Jewelry design scholarship

 


 

Olivia Shih
Olivia Shih is a Taiwanese and American jewelry designer and maker based in Oakland, California. With a multicultural background and degrees in writing and fine art, she brings a nuanced perspective to adornment. As an introvert who is comfortable with silence and solitude, Olivia creates jewelry for infinitely thoughtful, inquisitive humans.

 

2020 Gabriel love foundation scholarship

 


Zulaikha Aziz
Zulaikha Aziz is a human rights attorney focused on women's rights and access to justice globally. She is the founder of MAZAHRI, a purpose-driven fine jewelry company founded on the principal that business should be an important force for good in the world, and that jewelry can empower and celebrate the women and men involved in each step of its creation. Zulaikha’s love of jewelry and colored gemstones is grounded in her personal story and her Afghan heritage. Though new to the jewelry industry, she has over a decade of experience working with multilateral organizations, governmental bodies, academia, and civil society organizations to further the goals and aspirations of the world’s most vulnerable communities. Zulaikha is currently completing a Graduate Gemologist degree at GIA. She also holds a B.A. from McGill University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law.

 

2020 STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

 
  • Charity Navalesi Poole Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School $5,000
  • Diana Olivarez GIA $5,000
  • Yihan Yuan SUNY New Paltz $2,500
  • Celine Dussaud Pratt Institute $2,000
  • Tanya Davis-Castro GIA $2,000
  • Kailin He GIA $1,500
  • Rovenia Gerald GIA $1,000
  • Grace Omwanza GIA $1,000