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WJA Salutes Its Past

NEW YORK — After 20 years, the Women’s Jewelry Association still knows how to party.<br><br>The professional organization celebrated its 20th anniversary March 3 with a lively cocktail affair at Doubles in the Sherry Netherland Hotel here....

NEW YORK — After 20 years, the Women’s Jewelry Association still knows how to party.

This story first appeared in the March 17, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

The professional organization celebrated its 20th anniversary March 3 with a lively cocktail affair at Doubles in the Sherry Netherland Hotel here. Many of the WJA’s early members and past presidents came out to celebrate, including Gerry Gerwitz, Linda Goldstein, Tina Seegal, Peggy Kirby, Rachel Rosin, Toni Lyn Judd and Helene Fortunoff. The crowd also included industry executives such as Patricia Hambrecht of Harry Winston, diamond dealer Eli Haas and Steven Kaiser of Kaiser Time.

“Our goals are to continue to raise additional money for our scholarship funds and increase our mentoring program,” Anna Martin, the current WJA president, told the crowd. “We also want to make WJA a global organization.”

The organization was founded in 1983 at the behest of a small group of women in New England who felt that women needed their own organization in the jewelry industry. The WJA now has more than 1,000 members, including men, and a wide range of activities and programs.

Martin said WJA will be celebrating its anniversary all year, and noted that the group’s anniversary slogan is “Looking back with pride, looking forward with promise.”