WJA Announces Awards for Excellence Nominees

The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) has announced the nominees for its Awards for Excellence, to be presented at the Awards for Excellence gala on July 28 in New York City.

Ruth Batson, David J. Bonaparte, and the Richline Group will also be honored. It was previously announced that Batson will receive the Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award, Bonaparte will receive the Ben Kaiser Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Richline Group will receive the Hall of Fame Corporate Award.  

The nominees are:

Design – Fine Jewelry

Emily Armenta, Emily Armenta
Heather Moore, Heather Moore
Monica Rich Kosann, Monica Rich Kosann

Manufacturer/Dealer/Supplier

Aida Fronjian, True Knots
Chana Regev, Carelle
Teresa Frye, Techform
Laurie Watt, Mayer & Watt

Retail – 15 Doors or More

Kim Adams, Reeds Jewelers
Jan Steck, Helzberg Diamonds

Retail – Fewer Than 15 Doors

Judi Bufkin, Judith Ann Jewels
Stacy Sullivan, Levy Jewelers
Sara and Rachel Read, Lee Read Jewelers
Cathy Calhoun, Calhoun Jewelers 

Sales and Merchandising

Jennifer Shanker, Muse
Amy Jackson, Fragments
Rachel Jackson, The Knot

Marketing and Communications

Fran Pennella, Benali Consulting
Randi Molofsky, Gemfields
Ginnina D’Orazio, D’Orazio & Associates

Editoral Media

Michelle Graff, National Jeweler
Severine Ferrari, Engagement 101
Monica Stephenson, iDazzle
Karla Martinez de Sales, W magazine

Special Services

Desireé Hanson, JCK
Marlene Richey
Catherine Sproule, Responsible Jewellery Council