WJA Awards for Excellence Nominees Announced

The Women’s Jewelry Association 26th Annual Awards for Excellence Gala will be held at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers in NY during the Jewelers of America Show on Monday, July 27, 2009.

This year, WJA will honor Diane Von Furstenburg, Matt Runci of JA and the Gemological Institute of America, in addition to others.

Cocktails and the silent auction start at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner and entertainment.

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The current award nominees are:

Category 1. Design: Fine Jewelry
Katey Brunini, K. Brunini Jewelry
Ann Lagos, Steven Lagos – QVC
Pamela Froman, Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry

Category 2. Manufacturer/Dealer/Supplier for Fine Jewelry/Gemstones/ Metals/ Watches
Joanne Slawitsky, Kassoy 
Victoria Tse, Christian Tse
Gena Alulis, CliQ by Superfit
Category 3. Retail
Bea Speich, Macy’s Inc.
Cathy Calhoun, Calhoun Jewelers
Ellen Lacy, Lacy & Co., Wood Jewelers Inc.
Cathy Corey, Day’s Jewelers
Lula Halfacre, Traditional Jewelers Store

Category 4. Sales/Merchandising
Virginia Stuller, Stuller
Georgia Fleming, Veranda
Robin Lutin, JCK
Category 5. Marketing & Communications
Brandy Dallow, Julius Klein
Michelle Orman/ Jessica Cohen- LUP, LLC Inc.
Michelle Peranteau, Platinum Guild International

Category 6. Editorial/Reporting/Publishing
Cheryl Kremkow, Modern Jeweler
Danielle Max, Idex Magazine
Sophia Chabbott, WWD 
Category 7. Special Services
Patti Geolat, Jewelers Mutual
Dionne Kenyon, Jewelers Board
Judy Shechter, GIA