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


Pictured, from left:
VP of Programming: Julia Prout
VP of Chapter Sponsorship: Susan Derouin, Wieland Metal Services
Treasurer: Maureen Murphy
Immediate Past President: Kerilyn Rodi, Wieland Metal Services
VP of Membership: Joanne Gadwah, JMT Epoxy
President: Christine McDermott, Tri-Bro Manufacturing

VP of Fun: Regina Ciarleglio, Jewelers of America
VP of Communications: Janina Messerlian, Baxter's Fine Jewelry (not pictured)



2021 Shining Star: Julia Prout

Julia Rieth Prout is a creative Jewelry Designer and skilled Goldsmith and Silversmith. She has worked in the industry for more than 45 years, adding artistic direction to jewelry collections and luxury brands. Julia grew up in an artistic family of metal smiths and innovative problem solvers, where her passion for creating solutions for clients blossomed.
Julia is also on the board of the Providence Jewelry Museum and is a member of the Jewelry Design Professional Network (JDPN) & New England Museum Association (NEMA).



The Providence Chapter of the Women’s Jewelry Association empowers women to achieve their highest personal and professional goals in the international jewelry, watch and related businesses. Members benefit from educational and networking opportunities, mentorship, scholarships, grants, design competitions and recognition programs.


Each year, we host two signature events: Providence Jewelry Night Out, a celebration of women in our industry held in concert with WJA chapters around the world, and our Annual Holiday Party. In 2022, we also offered a wide array of educational and networking events to empower women and foster community in the local jewelry industry. Those included a Happy Hour at RI Spirits; a Paint and Wine Night; a Summer Social at Iggy's Boardwalk; and a presentation from jewelry trends forecaster Barbara Raleigh.

We will be planning a full slate of events for 2023, starting with Bling Bingo in March. If you ever have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to reach out to any one of our board members.

Because of our affiliation with the national WJA, our members can take advantage of numerous scholarship and grant opportunities. Since 1996, the WJA has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships to students in some of the best jewelry programs in the country. These include Fashion Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and Rhode Island School of Design.