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On The Road: WJA’s Awards for Excellence in New York City

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Last week saw the return of the Women’s Jewelry Association’s Awards for Excellence at Pier 61 in New York City. We’ve always especially enjoyed this evening event, and its cocktail party is a legendary networking opportunity.  This year’s version—although much smaller than usual, as the world slowly opens again—was just as much a celebration of friendship and accomplishment as ever!


Huge congrats to Karen Goracke, CEO of Borsheim’s, for her recognition as a WJA Visionary Award winner!  Congrats, too, to the legendary Fern Mallis, founder of New York Fashion Week and now a consultant to the jewelry industry, who’s this year’s other Visionary Award winner.


Congrats to WJA executive director Jennifer Markas, WJA membership and operations manager
Rachel Jurisz, and their teams on a very successful night. Below are some photos of the evening, which was full of fun introductions and the welcome rekindling of friendships!


Elyssa Jenkins-Pérez, director of membership and digital content for the Jewelers Vigilance Committee and jewelry designer Malyia McNaughton, founder of Made by Malyia 



With WJA Visionary Award winner Karen Goracke, CEO of Borsheims, and her husband Bruce Goracke (left)



From left: JCK news editor Rob Bates, Helena Krodel of David Alan Jewelry, and Brandee Dallow, vice president for Sustainability for Luxury at SCS Global Services



With Jewelers Mutual’s Emili Vesilind, editor of The Zing Report (left) and Victoria Gomelsky, editor-in-chief of JCK (right), catching that good NYC light before the event!



The party scene at Pier 61



Severine Ferrari, founder of Engagement 101, and Brecken Branstrator, senior gemstone editor at National Jeweler



Jewelers of America CFO Annie Doresca with Emili and JCK sales director Randi Gewertz



Industry media expert Ben Smithee and the Smithee Group team



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