WJA Awards for Excellence Winners

The Women’s Jewelry Association recognized
11 industry leaders during its 27th Annual Awards for Excellence Gala on July 26 at Pier 60 in New
York City. A crowd of over 500 attendees raised funds for the WJA scholarships
and grants program during the Silent Auction Reception and celebrated the
accomplishments of award recipients and nominees.

Susan Jacques, president and CEO of Borsheims in Omaha, Neb., received WJA’s
2010 Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award.

James Courage, CEO of Platinum Guild International (PGI), accepted the WJA Ben
Kaiser

Award.

JCK Events and JCK Magazine was honored with the Corporate Award for Excellence in recognition
of its longtime support for women in the jewelry industry. “

The recipients for the 2010
Awards for Excellence were:

Sarah Graham, Sarah
Graham, La Quinta, Calif. (Design – Fine Jewelry & Watches)

Fiona Tilley, Gurhan,
New York, N.Y. (Manufacturer/Dealer/Supplier)

Aida Alvarez, Birks
& Mayors, Inc., Tamarac, Fla. (Retail -15 Stores or More)

Lula Halfacre;
Traditional Jewelers, Newport Beach, Calif. (Retail – Fewer than 15 Stores)

Shayne Kiesbuey; Erica
Courtney, Los Angeles, Calif. (Sales & Merchandising)

Helena Krodel; Jewelers
of America, New York, N.Y. (Marketing & Communications)

Tanya Dukes; Elite
Traveler, Elite Traveler, New York, N.Y. (Editorial/Reporting/Publishing)

Ruth Batson; American
Gem Society, Las Vegas, Nev. (Special Services)

The evening’s silent auction
raised approximately $24,000 for its
scholarships and grants

program.

From left to right: Yancy
Weinrich and Dave Bonaparte from JCK Events, Kendra Bridal Weinman, WJA president,
James Courage from Platinum Guild International, Susan Jacques from Borsheims,
photo courtesy of RSP Media