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Join us for an exclusive webinar with jewelry designer, instructor, and author Emilie Shapiro, hosted by WJA Miami's Board Treasurer, Trisha Bruno! Discover the wealth of knowledge contained within Emilie's bestselling books, "How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line" and "Creative Wax Carving." While Emilie's journey from the Atlantic shores to the streets of NYC is captivating, this webinar will focus primarily on the invaluable insights shared in her books.

Explore Emilie's expertise as she guides you through the intricate process of launching your own successful jewelry line. From sourcing materials to mastering production techniques, Emilie's book offers practical tips and strategies that are essential for aspiring designers. Dive into the world of creative wax carving, an ancient technique that Emilie has mastered and shares in her second book, "Creative Wax Carving." Discover how to bring your designs to life through this fascinating craft.

As a special treat, attendees will have the chance to win exciting giveaways, including copies of Emilie's books and a free annual studio membership for her online classes. With access to a wealth of resources, including step-by-step instructions and exclusive content, this membership is a gateway to unlocking your creative potential. Plus, don't forget to visit Emilie's website to explore her stunning collections and learn more about her journey in the world of jewelry design.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of the industry's leading voices and gain invaluable insights into the art and business of jewelry design. Join us for an inspiring evening of creativity and craftsmanship with Emilie Shapiro!

Wednesday May 8, 2024
6:30pm ET

Free for WJA members, $10 for non-members.

Please note, this is a virtual event hosted on Zoom. Registrants will receive the meeting link via email.
This event will be recorded. All registrants will get a link to the replay regardless if they attend or not.

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Afternoon Coffee with Diamond Tales
WJA Miami | Saturday April 13, 2024 | 3-5 pm
Free for WJA Members, $15 for Non-Members

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Get ready to sparkle and sip! Join the Miami Chapter of the Women's Jewelry Association, and the fabulous Diamond Tales for a laid-back afternoon of coffee and diamond talk. Come by Grou Coffee and Cowork in Merrick Park (Coral Gables) on Saturday, April 13th, from 3-5 pm for. Expand your diamond know-how with the amazing private jeweler Constanza Viera. See you there!



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Constanza Viera is a Venezuelan jewelry designer based in Miami, Florida. Her private jewelry service, Diamond Tales has strong presence around the world, including the US, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Spain, and Canada, among others. With a decade of experience in the jewelry industry and extensive education as a Diamond Grader from the Gemological Institute of America, having worked as a Buyer, Valuator, and Authenticator for Jewelry and Watches in companies such as The Real Real and Circa in Miami and New York, Constanza continues to offer her clients an experience where they are guided through professionalism and education in order to create unique pieces, especially diamond engagement rings. She strongly believes that jewelry transcends generations and has profound significance to those who wear them, and continues to illustrate how each of her pieces become stories, crafted one diamond at a time.




Headshot & Open Board Meeting
WJA Miami | Wednesday February 21, 2024 | 6:30- 8:30 pm

Ready to capture your professional essence? Join us at our Headshot Event and Open Board Meeting on Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30 PM at Studio B

Step into the spotlight and explore exciting opportunities to drive growth within the dynamic jewelry industry. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or just starting out, there's a place for you to make your mark.

Network with industry peers over refreshments and light bites, and don't forget to strike a pose for your FREE professional headshots provided by Portrayts (Free for members, $25 for non-members, includes 2 edited headshots per person).

Seize this chance to elevate your profile and contribute to the flourishing world of jewelry. We'll see you there!



Parking:
Ample parking available behind Studio B



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Jingle & Mingle
WJA Miami | Thursday, November 30th, 2023 | 6:30- 8:30 pm

WJA Miami Jingle & Mingle Happy Hour!

Join us at Biscayne Bay Brewery in Miami, Fl located at: 100 NE 1st Ave Third Floor, Miami, Fl 33132  for an evening of networking. Connect with WJA's members and industry professionals and learn more about the organization and upcoming events in 2024. 
This event is FREE!



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Biscayne Bay Brewery
1100 NE 1st Ave
Third Floor
 Miami, Fl 33132
 







Parking and Public Transit
  • Ample parking available downtown
  • Blocks away from the Brightline- Miami Station
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WJA Miami Tote bags are available for purchase.
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    PAST EVENTS
 


Jewelry Night Out
Join us for the Women's Jewelry Association's annual Jewelry Night Out! For one night, WJA brings together industry professionals for an inspiring evening of community, connection, collaboration, and celebration! 

Tickets 

Members: $60 early bird now until 8/26 | $75 after 8/27

Non-Members: $75 early bird now until 8/26 | $90 after 8/27

**includes 3 hours of wine, beer, select cocktails, heavy appetizers and desserts
To order, click on the buttons to the right.

Guest are encouraged to come dressed in the color of their favorite gemstone!


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Guest Speaker | Talk begins at 7:45pm



Hayley Henning is the former Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Greenland Ruby
She has been responsible for global client relationships, prospects, communications, branding, and marketing and has led many tours of the mine in Greenland for customers, journalists, gemological laboratories, and others.
 
Now based in Miami, she has more than twenty years of marketing and corporate social responsibility (CSR) experience in the gemstone and jewelry industry. Her experience spans from retail to wholesale, diamonds to colored gemstones, literally from mining operations to retail floors, as well as an online presence and TV retail channels;, understanding the full customer experience and supply chain. 
 
Hayley has developed many successful and unique marketing strategies, concepts and events and is well-known in the international jewelry industry from mine to market as well as with important stakeholders; designers, wholesalers, retailers and media. She is a regular speaker at industry events and webinars.
 
Previously, Hayley was the Executive Director of the Tanzanite Foundation at TanzaniteOne Mining Ltd., which was well-known for bringing tanzanite to the forefront as one of the most important colored gemstones in the global marketplace. 
 
She is also the co-author, with jewelry journalist Didier Brodbeck, of “Tanzanite: Born from Lightning,” a coffee table book published in 2016.
 
Hayley has served on both  the Metro and National boards of WJA.  Hayley is here to tell us how Colored Gemstones link people with places!

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Thank you to our proud sponsor, Stuller


Join or Renew online at time of ticket purchase. New and renewing members receive a 10% discount.
1. You can only join or renew for the individual who is logged in at the time of purchase.
2. You must check the checkbox at the top right of the first screen during the checkout process.
3. Use the following promo codes based on your membership type when you check out:

            SEPT23NEW - New Member
            SEPT23RENEW - Renewal


To register and join/renew memberships for groups of 2 or more, learn more about corporate or student membership, contact Rachel Jurisz, WJA Membership and Operations Manager, at 845-473-7324 or rachel@womensjewelryassociation.com.

 

Event Highlights

Silent Auction Table
Delicious bites
3 hours of wine, beer and select cocktails
Industry Insights talk with Speaker Hayley Henning
Networking Opportunities with local industry professionals

Pani Bistro
Avenutra Mall
19501 Biscayne Blvd
Suite 940
Aventura, FL 33180







Parking and Public Transit
  • Ample parking available at Aventura Mall
  • Blocks away from the Brightline- Avenutra Station
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WJA Miami | Friday, August 11th, 2023 | 7 pm

WJA Miami Chat 'N Chill Happy Hour!

Join us at Don't Quit Your Daydreams Studio in Boca Raton, Fl located at: 1580 NW 2nd Ave Suite 3, Boca Raton, FL 33432 for an evening of networking. Connect with WJA's members and industry professionals and learn more about the organization and upcoming events in 2023. 
This event is FREE!



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You're invited to a special educational event hosted by the WJA Miami Chapter and MadeTruly! 

This program will dive into manufacturing best practices, processes and opportunities inside and outside of the MadeTruly ecosystem. Refreshments will be served.

Event Takeaways:

  • Attendees will learn solutions for solving manufacturing challenges and the tactics and technology for deepening direct-to-consumer business opportunities
  • Designers will leave with a better understanding of how to build the foundation of their businesses for scale.
  • A summary will be shared of what technologies are being developed to support jewelry brands and designers.



ABOUT MADETRULY 
MadeTruly is more than a platform, MadeTruly is a partner. Our aim is to solve any back-end challenges a jewelry brand or designer may face when it comes to sourcing, sampling, manufacturing, and distribution. We work collaboratively with businesses of all sizes to create custom solutions for increased revenue and high quality products.


Ultimately, MadeTruly’s all-in-one service is built to give you back what’s most precious to you, your time to create beautiful designs and connect with your consumers. With over 50 years of experience in the industry, we have a pulse on what’s needed and what’s missing. From organization tools to drop-ship capabilities, MadeTruly takes your business to a new level. 


ABOUT GUEST SPEAKER OWEN DE VRIES
Owen Quentin de Vries is a creative thinker and visionary with over a decade of entrepreneurial experience. Since his early career, Owen has been a pioneer at the intersection of luxury and technology, launching digital first, direct-to-consumer jewelry brands that have been featured everywhere from Vogue to Cosmopolitan, with distribution in the likes of Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf’s, and Bloomingdales. 


Over the past eight years, he’s used his two robust backgrounds to bring two previously disconnected industries together, jewelry and technology. Along his entrepreneurial journey, he has consistently identified areas of opportunity and improvement based on conversations with designers, creative directors, and their production teams. Out of this, MadeTruly was born — a revolutionary product aimed at ushering legacy and nascent brands into the next evolution of the digital age, starting with interconnected systems, one-stop supply chains, and customized user experiences. 




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WJA NY Metro + WJA Miami + Queer Metalsmiths present Conversations on Diversity: Deconstructing Gender in Jewelry Part III 
Care for Creators

 

Join the Women’s Jewelry Association on June 28th at 7pm EST for our third year of Conversations on Diversity: Deconstructing Gender in Jewelry: Care for Creators, a virtual event hosted by WJA New York Metro, WJA Miami, and Queer Metalsmiths, continuing the conversation on how gender impacts the jewelry industry.  Moderated by Tracey Carswell (they/them) of Powerful in Pink, we are excited to welcome Naomi Johnson (she/they) of Metal Petal Jewelry, Samonte Cruz (they/them) of Samonte Cruz Studios, and Jen Lorang (she/her) of Alchemilla Jewelry.

This event is about prioritizing the mental and emotional well-being of LGBTQIA+ jewelry creators, makers, and industry professionals in the current environment. Together, we'll embark on an evening of conversation, reflection, and community. No matter your gender or identity, we are committed to providing a safe(r) and inclusive space for everyone. 

We will begin with a grounding exercise to help create balance and focus, and then explore the important connection between creative practice and overall well-being during our conversation about self-care. Come together and connect with other jewelry professionals, cultivate relationships, and show our unwavering support for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Whether you're an artist, designer, bench jeweler, or industry leader, this event is for you! Join us in prioritizing your mental and emotional well-being while embracing and celebrating diversity. Together, we can create a space where everyone feels welcome and valued.

 

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

Zoom link will be sent via email upon registration.
Register Here


About the Panelists:



Naomi Johnson, Metal Petal Jewelry

Naomi Johnson (she/they) is a Chicago based Black queer metalsmith. Naomi draws inspiration from nature, as well as architectural elements like tile work and stained glass, and infuses their designs with afrofuturism. After starting metal smithing as a way to create the adornments they dreamed of, Naomi created Metal Petal Jewelry as a way to share their work with others and has been honored every time they have seen someone else wear their jewelry and make it their own. They balance creation and their small business alongside a full time job as a researcher at a nonprofit.
Follow Naomi on Instagram at @metalpetaljewelry and visit their website at metalpetaljewelry.com




Samonte Cruz, Samonte Cruz Studios
Samonte Cruz (they/them) is a mixed-race, mixed-gender, Filipinx goldsmith, multi-media artist, performer & educator, with 20+ years of experience as a community organizer. Originally from the Seattle area, Samonte now lives & creates on unceded Sinixt Territory, in the beautiful mountains of British Columbia [BC]. Samonte’s passion is making custom jewelry & amulets; specializing in culturally inspired work like, Filipino Tattoo (Batok) wedding bands. They also design pronoun pins, stickers & apparel, while running their own online shop.

In 2018, Samonte began working as an apprentice to award-winning master goldsmith, Paul Durkin at Lauener Brother’s Jewellers in Trail, BC, in addition to teaching beginner jewellery courses at Kootenay School of the Arts, Selkirk College. Fueled with a desire to support other queer & trans artists in their community, Samonte founded the Bent On Art Festival, a series of events designed to promote the work of LGBTQ+ artists in the Kootenay region of British Columbia. In their spare time, Samonte enjoys playing music, performing drag & spending time with their dog-kid, Bruno. 


Follow Samonte on Instagram at @samontecruzstudios, and visit their website at www.samontecruzstudios.com



Jen Lorang, Alchemilla Jewelry
Jen Lorang (she/her) is the designer behind Alchemilla Jewelry, working with a small team of three incredibly talented jewelers in her backyard barn studio on occupied Nipmuc and Pocumtuk land (Amherst, MA). She designs, fabricates and finishes each Alchemilla piece by hand with great care, joy and a love for the magical feeling that adornment brings to its wearer. Alchemilla is proudly Queer, DIY and sells with primarily woman owned and small local shops. As a white owned business, Alchemilla is committed to anti racist practices and is constantly working to be better at eradicating racism, sexism, classism and all other violent colonialist capitalist oppressions- as they show up in ourselves and the systems that engulf us.  

 

Follow Jen on Instagram at @alchemillajewelry and visit her website at thealchemilla.com


About the Moderator:

Tracey Carswell, Powerful in Pink
Tracey Carswell (they/them) is a queer non-binary artist, educator, coach, and curator dedicated to empowering leaders and building inclusive communities. They are the founder of Powerful in Pink, a creative brand that offers coaching, small business support, curation services, and community building opportunities for artists and entrepreneurs. 

Tracey also co-founded Queer Metalsmiths
a community space that honors, centers, and uplifts 2SLGBTQIA+ jewelers and metalsmiths. Through their work as the founder and former President of the Miami chapter of the Women’s Jewelry Association, as well as Powerful in Pink and Queer Metalsmiths, they invest in the growth and success of women, femme, queer, transgender, and gender non-conforming leaders in the jewelry and craft industries. 

Follow Tracey on Instagram at @powerfulinpinkbytlc @queermetalsmiths and visit their website at powerfulin.pink


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Broward Members! You asked, we listened! Join WJA Miami at The Wharf Fort Lauderdale in Fort Lauderdale for our first Broward event, conveneiently located 0.2 miles from the Brightline Station! Meet and network with other S. Florida women and men in the jewelry industry! The event is FREE to attend, both Members and non-members are welcome to attend.
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WJA Miami | Thursday, February 16th, 2023 | 6pm
 
WJA Miami Networking Happy Hour!

Register Here!

Join us at Higher Ground at the new Arlo Hotel in Wynwood for an evening of networking. Connect with WJA's members and industry professionals and learn more about the organization and upcoming events in 2023. 
 
This event is FREE!
 
 


Jewelry Night Out
Join us for the Women's Jewelry Association's tenth annual Jewelry Night Out! For one night, WJA brings together industry professionals for an inspiring evening of community, connection, collaboration, and celebration!

Tickets 
Members: $25.50 early bird | $30 after 8/25
Non-Members: $38.25 early bird | $45 after 8/25
To order, click on the buttons to the right.

Location:
Bulla Gastrobar
2500 Ponce de Leon
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Join us for cocktails and bites (included with price of ticket) and an educational presentation on Platinum hosted by our friends at PGI (Platinum Guild International)! Network with Miami jewelry professionals on this special night! 




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WJA Miami and ASBA Pearl and Fine Jewelry Present:
Pearls 101
Hosted by Jae's Fine Jewelers 



Refresh your Pearl knowledge or learn something new!

Thursday August 18th
6:30- 8:00 pm

Light bites and refreshments included!

Jae's Fine Jewelers
237 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL
33134

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Kick off Summer with WJA Miami on Thursday, July 14th at No. 3 Social!
 
July Chat n' Chill
Join us at No. 3 Social in Wynwood for a Kickoff to Summer Happy Hour!  Enjoy happy hour pricing while connecting and networking with industry professionals.


 
This event is FREE!

REGISTER HERE
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Lunch & Learn- Derius Carruth and NFTs In the Jewelry Industry

Join Us Friday, April 22, 2022 from 12:30-1:30 pm EST on ZOOM. 

Grab a bite and join us as Derius Carruth walks us through the basics of NFTs and how they are shaking up the Jewelry Industry!
Derius Carruth co-owns Your Personal Jeweler, a custom fine jewelry design studio.  A self described NFT & crypto enthusiast Derius has combined his passions into creating fine jewelry NFT’s that are backed by physical jewelry pieces. He looks to bridge the physical & digital worlds by integrating jewelry design into web3. 



Free for Members
$20 for Non-Members
 


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Connect one-on-one with other jewelry professionals though a series of mini-meetings. Make new contacts, generate referrals, establish new relationships, and make new friends!

$10 for Members, $15 for Non- Members 

Thursday February 10th from 6:30- 9:30 pm

Studio B
12345 NE 6th Ave.
North Miami, FL
33161
 
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*WJA is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all event participants. As a preventative measure to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 at our in-person events, all attendees are required to acknowledge and abide by the WJA Duty of Care policy when they register online.

 
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Learn how to pitch your brand with Cherell Gordon of Black Girl Ventures
Wednesday January 12, 2022
7:00 pm EST

Register Here:
https://www.womensjewelryassociation.com/ev_calendar_day.asp?date=1%2F12%2F22&eventid=984

 

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 BOARD MEMBERS
 
President: Jenna Ramirez

President Elect:
 Natacha Metayer


Treasurer:  Trisha Bruno

Membership VP: This position is open, connect for more details!

Programming VP:  This position is open, connect for more details!


Communications VP:  Tiffany Joachim, Past President

Members at Large: 
Denise Richards

Lorena Shaffman
Tracey Carswell

 

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

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