WJA Announces Nominees for Awards for Excellence



The Women’s Jewelry Association announced recently the 33 nominees for its
eight Awards for Excellence categories. The nominees and award recipients will
be recognized at the association’s annual gala on Monday, July 26 at Chelsea
Piers, Pier 60 in New York City.

The categories and nominees for 2010 include:

Design – Fine Jewelry & Watches

  • Emily Armenta – Armenta, Houston, Texas
  • Coomi Bhasin – Coomi, Secaucus, N.J.
  • Maeve Gillis – MaeVona, New
    York, N.Y.
  • Sarah Graham – Sarah Graham,
    La Quinta, Calif.
  • Janel Russell – Janel Russell
    Designs, St. Paul, Minn.

Manufacturer/Dealer/Supplier

  • Lita Asscher – Royal Asscher
    Diamond Co., New York,
    N.Y.
  • Marjorie Blank – Joseph
    Blank, Inc., New York,
    N.Y.
  • Michele Kwiat Siegel – Kwiat, New
    York, N.Y.
  • Fiona Tilley – Gurhan, New
    York, N.Y.

Retail – 15 stores or more

  • Aida Alvarez – Birks &
    Mayors, Inc., Tamarac,
    Fla.
  • Caroline Grousi-Scheufele –
    Chopard, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Lisa Kazor – Neiman Marcus, Dallas, Texas
  • Debbie Sloane – Cartier North
    America, New York, N.Y.

Retail – Fewer than 15 Stores

  • Christina Gandia Gambale
    & Jennifer Gandia – Greenwich Jewelers,
    New York, N.Y.
  • Lula Halfacre – Traditional
    Jewelers, Newport Beach,
    Calif.
  • Charlene Hudson – Fink’s
    Jewelers, Roanoke, Va.
  • Nancy Moeller – RF Moeller
    Jeweler, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Sarah & Rachel Read – Lee
    Read Jewelers, Meridian,
    Idaho

Sales and Merchandising

  • Sandy Haymann Marks – Leo
    Schacter, New York, N.Y.
  • Shayne Kiesbuey – Erica
    Courtney, Los Angeles,
    Calif.
  • Dawn Mcguire – Sterling
    Jewelers, Akron, Ohio
  • Corrie Silvia – Manufacturing
    Jewelers and Suppliers of America,
    Attleboro Falls, Mass.

Marketing and Communications

  • Lisa Cochin – Diamond
    Promotion Service, New York,
    N.Y.
  • Rebecca Foerster – Rio Tinto Diamonds, New
    York, N.Y.
  • Helena Krodel – Jewelers of America, New York, N.Y.

Editorial/Reporting/Publishing

  • Sophia Chabbott -Women’s Wear
    Daily, New York,
    N.Y
  • Tanya Dukes – Elite Traveler,
    New York, N.Y.
  • Jennifer Heebner – JCK
    Magazine, New York, N.Y.

Special Services

  • Ruth Batson – American Gem
    Society, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Ellen Haddigan – Diamond
    Empowerment Fund, New York,
    N.Y.

Andie Wienman – Continental Buying Group, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.