Industry Leaders Support WJA’s 25th Gala

The Women’s Jewelry Association’s 25th anniversary celebration on July 27 has garnered strong support from some of the most important industry players, from diamond mines to retail chains, according to its president Yancy Weinrich, Industry VP, JCK Events.

“In this milestone year WJA is thrilled for major support from some of the most distinguished and diverse organizations in the industry, including Platinum Guild International, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, and David Yurman–all of whom are WJA Pillar of Distinction sponsors,” said Weinrich.

Other top WJA sponsors include: ABN AMRO Bank, Charles & Colvard, Conde Nast Media Group, Hearts On Fire, JCK Events/JCK magazine, Kaiser Time, Kerwin Communications, Natural Colored Diamond Association, Rio Tinto Diamonds, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

“We recognize that this is a challenging time and therefore are all the more appreciative of the generosity of our industry sponsors who have helped us reach this important anniversary,” Weinrich added.  “Along with WJA’s leadership and history, we will celebrate all our sponsors.”

Awards presentations at the 25th Awards for Excellence will be limited this year to two distinguished honorees: Sybil Yurman, president and chief marketing officer of David Yurman, will receive WJA’s 2008 “Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award,” and Steven Kaiser, president and chief executive officer of Kaiser Time, will be the recipient of the “Ben Kaiser Award.” All past recipients of the Hall of Fame and Ben Kaiser awards will also be recognized.

The gala dinner has been totally redesigned for WJA’s Silver Anniversary, according to Dinner chair Lisa Cochin. It will be held at Chelsea Piers in New York City at 6:15 PM.

A lively Silent Auction, which raises money for WJA Scholarship and Grant programs, will feature tickets to the NY Philharmonic, a trip for two to Bermuda, and a private cooking class and luncheon for four sponsored by Gourmet Magazine, among over a hundred other items. Companies or individuals who would like to contribute to the WJA Silent Auction should contact Adrienne Vogel at 914-628-0330 or by email to

In addition, guests will have the chance to win a special Hearts On Fire diamond ring, generously donated by the company.

Tickets for the event are $325 for members and $365 for non-members and are available at

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