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WJA New York Metro + WJA Miami Present Conversations on Diversity:
Deconstructing Gender in Jewelry PT. II

WJA Miami is teaming up with WJA New York Metro to continue the conversation focusing on how gender impacts the jewelry industry.

Join us on September 30th at 7pm EST / 4pm PT, as we welcome back Vanessa Miller (she/they) of Black Queer Magic and introduce Emily Phillippy of Emily Chelsea Jewelry to our panel! Hear about the challenges and opportunities directly as we gain perspective from designers, artists and retailers on how they are adapting their designs, product assortments and marketing to better foster genuine inclusivity and diversity. 

 

This event is open to members and non-members. Tickets are FREE! 

Zoom link will be sent via email upon registration.

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We are excited to invite our community to a fun filled evening celebrating
WJA Miami's Jewelry Night In!


Join industry professionals on ONE NIGHT for an inspiring evening of community, connection, collaboration and celebration at JNO events hosted by WJA chapters in cities throughout North America.


Tickets can be purchased for our raffle, filled with great prizes from Celeste Sol, Underwood Jewelers, Emi Fine Jewelry and more!




Havana Cuban Link Neckalce. Retails for $61.50
 18K Gold Plated with Stainless Steel base
        0.55" width link
        18” in length
        Open Box closure with Celeste Sol logo stamp
        Ships with custom La Havana box


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Erik Decanter with two Double Old Fashioned glasses by Orrefores. Retails for $130

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Silk Mask Chain with Sterling Silver Lobster Clasps and Sunglass Attachment




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  • Sterling silver 
  • 7" L
  • 4 mm
  • Cubic Zirconia 


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Also take advantage of the promo codes below to join or renew your WJA membership! New members receive a 25% discount and renewing members receive a 10% discount. 

JNO21NEW - New Member
JNO21RENEW - Renewal

*WJA is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all event participants. As a preventative measure WJA has been closely monitoring local COVID cases and has chosen to opt for a virtual event. We hope to all see you in person soon!

 

This event is open to members and non members. Tickets are Free!

 

Zoom link will be sent via email upon registration.


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WJA Miami Tote bags are available for purchase.
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    PAST EVENTS



WJA Miami Open Board Meeting | Mix + Mingle


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Join WJA Miami for our first in-person board meeting since 2020! We're inviting our new and returning WJA members as well as those who would like to learn more, to meet us and reintroduce our chapter, as we look to expand our WJA Miami team.

At 7:00pm we will be opening up our board meeting to share about the exciting events happening for the remainder of 2021 and early 2022. 
We will also be sharing about opportunities for our members ready to get more involved and be a part of our expansion in Miami and South Florida. 

Please make sure to RSVP or contact us at miamichapter@womensjewelryassociation.com 

 
Wednesday, August 4th from 7:00-9:00pm
Tap 42 Coral Gables 
301 GIRALDA AVE
CORAL GABLES, FL 33134


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WJA Norcal + WJA Miami Present Conversations on Diversity:
Deconstructing Gender in Jewelry


 

In honor of Pride month, WJA NorCal and WJA Miami are coming together for an important conversation focusing on how gender impacts the jewelry industry. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising which was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

Join us on June 17th at 7pm EST / 4pm PT, as we welcome Sol Diaz (they/them) of Soelia, Mando Bee (they/them), and Vanessa Miller (she/they) of Black Queer Magic to our panel! Hear about the challenges and opportunities directly from queer designers and jewelers as they share their perspective and experiences in how they design, produce, and market their work. The panel will also explore barriers to entering the jewelry industry and discuss necessary changes that will foster genuine inclusivity and diversity for the LGBTQIA+ community within the jewelry industry.  
 

This event is open to members and non-members. Tickets are FREE! 

Zoom link will be sent via email upon registration.
 

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WJA Miami Presents: Ethical Sourcing of Colored Gemstones!

 

Have you ever wondered where your gemstones come from? What was the pathway they took from the ground to your jewelry? Let's get some of those questions answered... We are excited to welcome the President of Ethical Metalsmiths + founder of Anza Gems Monica Stephenson, the founder of Columbia Gem House Eric Braunwart, and co-founder of Ethical in Action and designer + owner of jewelry brand Dally+Toil , Sabrina Hoffman!

Join us on May 20th at 7pm EST, as the
 panelists share their experience on sourcing ethical gemstones and ways to determine if your gemstones were mined ethically. There will be a Q+A, so bring your questions!

This event is open to members and non-members. Tickets are FREE!

Zoom link will be sent via email upon registration.
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About the Panelists:


Monica Stephenson, Founder ANZA Gems


Monica Stephenson founded jewelry blog idazzle.com in 2008, and the responsible gemstone company ANZA Gems in 2015. ANZA Gems fuels development in Kenya and Tanzania through responsible gemstone purchasing and supports education initiatives in mining communities. She recently collaborated with NGO Pact, the Tanzania Women Miners Association, and Everledger on Moyo Gems, a traceable model to bring gems from women miners of Tanga, Tanzania to the international market. Monica is on the international Board of Directors of the Women's Jewelry Association and current President of the Board of Ethical Metalsmiths

You can follow her adventures on Instagram: @idazzle @anzagems @moyogems


Eric Braunwart, Founder Columbia Gem House

 

At Columbia Gem House, we recognize that gemstones are a gift from the earth. As a company, we make sure all individuals in the supply chain and the earth itself, are treated with the respect they deserve. With decades of creative gemstone cutting, manufacturing, and developing/maintaining strict Fair Trade Gem Protocols, we are committed to public education, diversity in the industry, and fair practices at every touchpoint from mine to market. We're 45 years and counting in our work with artisanal miners worldwide. Follow along @columbiagemhouse
 


Sabrina Hoffman, Co-founder Ethical in Action

 

Sabrina Hoffman started working in jewelry in early 2018 after feeling like the jewelers that she was working with to design pieces weren’t being completely honest. In the journey to unravel all of the information, she ended up a licensed jewelry designer under the name Dally + Toil, which basically means to act playfully while working hard.
Doing business in an ethical, honest, and transparent manner have always been cornerstones for Sabrina, who focuses on colored gemstone jewelry design. In some twist of fate, the first people that she sat next to at the first official jewelry conference she attended was Eric and Kathe Braunwart, of Columbia Gem House, who’s company is one of the OG’s in transparency and equitable supply chain work.
Sabrina’s mission has been to design jewelry in a manner that finds ways to support the whole supply chain, along with the bridging of old school and new school jewelers and bringing industry issues to a platform for conversation to move into a better future for the industry. She still works with Columbia Gem House on projects including the IG account Ethical in Action which finds ways to spotlight what companies and independents are doing to support an equitable supply chain, but also various aspects of social and environmental life along that chain. You can follow along @ethical_in_action or @dallyandtoil 
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WJA Miami Presents: Mix + Mingle Trivia Night!

We are excited to invite our community to a Mix + Mingle Trivia Night! Come share your knowledge on a variety of topics including some local Miami fun facts! All participants will be randomly assigned to teams to get to know each other and answer the trivia questions.
Join your fellow WJA Miami members, friends, coworkers, and other industry professionals in this online version of trivia. Prizes will be given to the winning team, so make sure you come ready to play!

Hosted by WJA Seattle’s very own Anna Samsonova, a trivia buff and hostess with the mostess!

 

This event is open to members and non members. Tickets are Free!

 

Zoom link will be sent via email upon registration.



Anna Samsonova of Samsonova Consulting

 

Anna Samsonova is a Seattle, WA-based jewelry consultant with 16 years of luxury experience working with retail and wholesale companies in sales, merchandising, buying, branding, event marketing, upscaling and operations. She loves giving back to the industry and is a Seattle WJA, AGS & GIA past president and is currently the New Chapter Development Chair for WJA, as well as active mentor in the WJA Mentor Match Program. She started hosting trivia for the AGS Young Title Holders and to this day loves hosting for different chapters and organizations, while attending a local Trivia Tuesday to keep up!
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WJA Miami Presents:
March Wellness: Yoga for Makers with Denisse Monge


 

This month we want YOU to celebrate yourself! Many of us work exceptionally hard in our respective careers with little time for a break. This month we invite you to stop for a moment and take one with us.
 

Join us virtually at 1 p.m. on March 10th as we celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day with artist and certified Yoga teacher Denisse Monge. Denisse will share yoga poses for makers and discuss ways to incorporate movement into our daily lives. She will also lead us in a short yoga session to recharge us for the rest of our day. 

Take a few minutes for yourself and join us on March 10th, your body and mind will thank you!

 



Denisse Monge, Certified Yoga Teacher + Artist 
 

Denisse Monge is originally from Miami, Florida, and attained a bachelor's degree from the New World School of Arts in conjunction with the University of Florida. During this time, she laid the foundation for her artistic base that is embodied in every piece of art she creates. Until about 5 years ago Denisse earned her yoga teacher certification from what was then Bala Vinyasa Yoga. She decided to take a leap of faith and moved to New York City equipped with a body movement practice through yoga combined with her art background.
In her practice, photography is the tangible agent used to reach the physical person; while yoga is the medium to harness the intangible aspects of the human soul beyond that of a physical lens. It is here where she came to self-reflect and pursue her passion for teaching/mysticism. Denisse envisions imprinting her mark on her spiritual and creative movement practice through photography/yoga and hopes you can join her on this journey of a lifetime.

She is currently based in Miami, Florida, and teaching at The Art of Movement Miami, HealHaus, and The Vilij.

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WJA Miami Presents:
Marketing Trends in the Industry with Rebecca Foerster!


 

Access to information and educational resources greatly improves the odds of success for those getting started in their business. This is why we are excited to speak with President of Alrosa USA, Rebecca Foerster.  Foerster has years of experience in marketing, diamond supply chains, and luxury goods make her a wealth of knowledge on these subjects. 

  

Join us for a virtual conversation at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16th, where Foerster will discuss a variety of topics related to diamonds. She’ll get into the impact both COVID-19 and lab-grown diamonds have had on the market, tips for those wanting to start working with diamonds, and how to market them to grow your business. 

Don’t miss what will be an informative conversation on marketing within our industry as the world goes through many changes.




Rebecca Foerster, President ALROSA USA Inc.


Rebecca Foerster was appointed as President ALROSA USA Inc in 2019. In 2014-2018, Ms. Foerster served as Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning and Marketing at New York’s Leo Schachter Diamonds, one of the largest diamond suppliers in the United States. Prior to that (since 2007), Rebecca Foerster held the position of Vice President at the US Representative office of Rio Tinto, one of the three largest diamond mining companies in the world. In 1998-2007, she served as Vice President of marketing for Frederick Goldman Inc. (New York), a jewelry manufacturer, specializing in the bridal market and brand development. Prior to that, she worked at large advertising agencies and corporations such as Revlon, Unilever and Benckiser in strategic marketing and branding positions for over 15 years. In 2021, Rebecca Foerster became a president of Diamonds Do Good organization, which supports programs that develop and empower people in natural diamond communities and share these stories of positive impact.  

 

In ALROSA, Rebecca Foerster is in charge of all the US office’s activities, such as auctions for rough and polished diamonds, marketing initiatives specific for the US market, communications with local retailers and manufacturers, as well as media outreach to inform the community about natural diamonds and protect the demand for them.

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Holiday Toy Drive 


With Lotus House
 Thursday, December 3rd from 7-8:30pm EST

2020 has been quite a year... and as get close to the Holiday season, a time when we would normally gather with family and community, we know not everyone is going to be able to celebrate the way they would like to. We would like to invite our WJA community to join us in a Holiday celebration, as we meet (virtually) to give thanks for what and who we have with us.

Kick back for a relaxing conversation of gratitude and celebration as we look back on 2020 and bring the year to a close.

As part of this giving thanks and being with community, we want to make sure we also give back. This year we are excited to work with Lotus House in gathering gifts and toys for their young ones!
 
 
The cost for this event is $10, with the option to make additional donations, and all proceeds will be going directly to Lotus House.
If you're unable to join us for the event, you can still contribute!
If you'd like to make a monetary donation, click here.
If you'd like to purchase something for the kids, visit the Lotus House Amazon Wishlist.

 


Lotus House is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women, youth and children. They provide sanctuary, support, education, tools and resources that empower them to heal, learn, grow and blossom into who they are truly meant to be.

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WJA Miami Costume (Jewelry) Contest!


It's that time of year... when we normally plan costumes for Halloween and look forward to an abundance of costumes,candy and chocolate!
This year is looking a little different, but we wanted to make sure we still get a chance to dress up in costume. Instead of trying to plan a costume, how about you go through your jewelry box (or boxes) and find some of your most fabulous, fun, extravagent Costume Jewelry?! Time to pull out those pieces that you never get to wear, your best and brightest, and come show them off with your WJA community.

Remember, this is a contest, so get creative and go all out! We will be giving out fun prizes for the top three costumes.
Come join us for costumes, community, and (bring your own) chocolate!

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https://www.womensjewelryassociation.com/miamiWJA MIAMI BOARD MEMBERS
 
President: Tiffany Joachim

President Elect:
Jenna Ramirez


Treasurer:  

Membership VP, Past President: Tracey Carswell

Programming VP:  


Communications VP: Natacha Metayer

Members at Large: 
Debra Ballard

Jill Hornik
Rebecca Lee
Rekha-Leigh Punch
Denise Richards

Lorena Shaffman

Interested in learning more about WJA Miami, being on the Board or a Committee?  Click Here to Email Us!

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