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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 fund the association's extensive scholarship and grant programs. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded over $500,000 to women in the jewelry and watch industries.

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


What our grant and scholarship recipients say



"I am incredibly honored to be chosen as this year's Female Veteran Grant
Winner and have joined the ranks alongside some industry leaders and
recipients of such a prestigious award. I am beyond grateful for winning this
grant because it means I can continue to help my business grow. WJA offers
not just connectivity to other people in the industry, but the wealth of knowledge
and information provided by the association members is so incredibly valuable."

- Latoya B.


"As a first-generation Asian-America jewelry designer forging a career in the
jewelry industry, it is an intense, intimidating, yet exciting journey. I want to
shape my foundation through GIA's courses and I am very grateful that the
WJA student scholarship gives me this opportunity to grow, aid, and support
me along the way! Thank you WJA for all of your support and I am blessed
to be part of this amazing, talented, and supportive community!"

- Kailin H.

"The WJA Member grant was just the boost I needed for my business. With
the grant I was able to do a training course and the knowledge I gained
around my business finances have helped me grow my business and hire
my first employee. Thank you WJA!"

- Niki G.

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Natural Diamond Council is a proud sponsor of the WJA Foundation