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Why WJA?


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


Creating Educational and Business Opportunities for Women in Jewelry

The Women's Jewelry Association Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 corporation created to support WJA's mission of providing educational and business opportunities that allow women to reach their full career potential. 

The Foundation accepts gifts from individuals and corporations that are used to positively impact the jewelry and watch industries. Through our multi-dimensional funding framework, the WJA Foundation focuses its charitable giving on general jewelry education & business development; responsible sourcing and sustainability education; diversity, equity and inclusion education.

To inquire about scholarship, sponsorship or outright gifts to the WJA Foundation,
please contact Jennifer Markas, Executive Director.

How Can You Make an Impact?

The WJA Foundation provides opportunities for you to make an impact on students, small business owners and rising leaders in the jewelry and watch industries through its forward-looking vision and multidimensional framework.
The framework includes these pillars:
  • General Education and Business Fund
  • Responsible Sourcing and Sustainability Fund
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Education Initiatives Fund

    General Education and Business Fund

    Through the General Education and Business Fund, the WJA Foundation offers a variety of scholarships and grants to support the professional growth and educational endeavors of women in the jewelry and watch industries. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded over $500,000 to students, designers and small business owners to help them grow and succeed in their careers.


    Responsible Sourcing and Sustainability Education Fund

    The WJA Foundation is excited to launch a Responsible Sourcing and Sustainability Education Fund in April 2021 in conjunction with Earth Day. In partnership with leading institutions and organizations, this fund supports education for sustainability champions and leaders which will help innovate the future of the industry, with the goal of protecting the planet for generations to come.


    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Education Initiatives Fund

    The WJA Foundation is excited to launch a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Education Initiatives Fund in March 2022. This fund supports and uplifts underserved and underrepresented communities to help increase their career opportunities and bolster their passion and professional education within the jewelry and watch industries.