WJA Awards for Excellence Winners Feted


 The Women’s Jewelry Association hosted its 26th Annual Awards for Excellence gala dinner last night at the Chelsea Piers in New York. Some 550 guests attended. Honorees included 10 individuals and one corporate entity, all recognized for achievements across various sectors of industry.


The winners are segmented by category:


Design, Fine Jewelry
Ann King, Steven Lagos and Ann King for QVC

Manufacturer/Dealer/Supplier for Fine Jewelry/Gemstones/ Metals/ Watches
Gena Alulis, CliQ by Superfit
Retail, more than 15 stores
Winner: Bea Speich, Macy’s


Retail, fewer than 15 stores
Winner: Cathy Corey, Day’s Jewelers

Robin Lutin, JCK
Marketing & Communications
Branee Dallow, Julius Klein 

Cheryl Kremkow, Modern Jeweler

Special Services
Dionne Kenyon, Jewelers Board of Trade


Hall of Fame, Corporate Award for Excellence (this is the first year for this award)

Gemological Institute of America

Matt Runci, Jewelers of America
Hall of Fame, 2009 Ben Kaiser Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Matt Runci, Jewelers of America


Diane Von Furstenberg

Hall of Fame, 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Diane Von Furstenberg

For a complete list of all those nominated, click here

UPDATE: The evening’s silent auction raised approximately $30,000 for its scholarships and grants program.