WJA Awards for Excellence Winners Announced, Feted

The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) held its annual Awards for Excellence gala at Pier Sixty yesterday in New York City.

The American Gem Society’s Ruth Batson, Jewelers of America’s David J. Bonaparte, and the Richline Group were all honored with the Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award, the Ben Kaiser Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Hall of Fame Corporate Award, respectively. Winners in the individual industry-specific awards categories are below.

Design—Fine Jewelry

Heather Moore, Heather Moore

Other nominees were Emily Armenta, Emily Armenta, and Monica Rich Kosann, Monica Rich Kosann

Manufacturer/Dealer/Supplier

Chana Regev, Carelle
Other nominees were Aida Fronjian, True Knots; Teresa Frye, Techform; and Laurie Watt, Mayer & Watt

Retail15 Doors or More

Kim Adams, Reeds Jewelers
The other nominee was Jan Steck, Helzberg Diamonds

RetailFewer Than 15 Doors

Cathy Calhoun, Calhoun Jewelers 

Other nominees were Judi Bufkin, Judith Ann Jewels; Stacy Sullivan, Levy Jewelers; and Sarah and Rachel Read, Lee Read Jewelers

Nontraditional Retail
Jennifer Peck, Amazon

Other nominees were Amy Jain and Daniella Yacobovsky, BaubleBar; Hillary Lambert, Sundance; and Nadine McCarthy Kahane, Stone & Strand

Sales and Merchandising

Amy Jackson, Fragments
Other nominees were Jennifer Shanker, Muse, and Rachel Jackson, The Knot

Marketing and Communications

Fran Pennella, Benali Consulting
Other nominees were Randi Molofsky, Gemfields, and Ginnina D’Orazio, D’Orazio & Associates

Editorial Media

Michelle Graff, National Jeweler
Other nominees were Severine Ferrari, Engagement 101; Monica Stephenson, iDazzle; and Karla Martinez de Salas, W magazine

Special Services

Desiree Hanson, JCK
Other nominees were Marlene Richey and Catherine Sproule, Responsible Jewellery Council

Watches
Rosanna Doherty, Cartier
Other nominees were Michelle Peranteau, Baume & Mercier, and Annie Sommer, Breitling