Claudia Kretchmer Wins the 2016 Women’s Jewelry Association “Award for Excellence in Design”

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By Blake Hemmel

Last month, the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) awarded Claudia Kretchmer for “Excellence in Design” at the annual Awards for Excellence at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Claudia was recognized for her work at Steven Kretchmer, the Scottsdale-based jewelry company founded by her late stepfather. The ceremony took place on July 25, the same day as Steven’s birthday. 

Following her stepfather’s passing, Claudia took over the company and worked hard to keep her family legacy going. Her stepfather was an innovative leader in the industry, and won many awards within his lifetime. He also received several patents for original designs and use of unique precious metals. 

“What an honor to be nominated and win for this year’s WJA Awards for excellence. We want to thank all of our amazing clients and supporters for your help in making this all possible, we couldn’t do it without you!!” announced the company.

It was the 33rd annual awards ceremony for the WJA. The purpose of the awards is to celebrate the transformative efforts of remarkable leaders in the industry.

The WJA’s mission is to “help women in the jewelry and watch industries advance and develop professionally through networking, education, leadership development and the provision of membership services.”

 For more information on the WJA, visit womensjewelryassociation.com.

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