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WJA Raleigh chapter to present Rough to Refined

RaleighKristy Ford design - four 5.8mm round rhodolite garnets set in an 18k and sterling silver ring with millgrain detail.The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) Raleigh (NC) chapter is proud to announce their inaugural event, Rough to Refined. The one-of-a-kind jewelry event will be held October 13-14, 2018 at CAM Raleigh, a non-collecting contemporary art museum that provides an environment for transformation through educational programs, cultural experiences, and bold, non-traditional exhibitions by living artists.

A diverse group of goldsmiths, gemologists and designers bring finesse and skill together to bring raw natural stones and metal to a state of wearable and precious beauty otherwise known as jewelry. 

“It’s a fascinating process,” said Kristy Ford, a Raleigh CAD jewelry designer and the president of the local chapter of the WJA. 

Rough to Refined is a unique jewelry event that will showcase the progression of taking a rough gemstone to a finished piece of fine jewelry and offer the public an opportunity to be enlightened about the process as well as purchase the work of a select group of local talent. Invited award-winning jewelry professionals, including a stone cutter, hand engravers, stone setters, graduate gemologists, goldsmiths and designers will display their collections. 

Rough to Refined is the inaugural effort of the Raleigh chapter of the Women’s Jewelry Association, in partnership with CAM Raleigh and Rio Grande Jewelry Supply. 

The event is the brain-child of the Raleigh WJA, a new chapter of the national professional organization. WJA focuses on advancing women in the jewelry industry.

“It’s remarkable how many nationally-renowned jewelry professionals are based out of North Carolina,” Ford stated. “I want this event to showcase the local talent and put North Carolina on the national jewelry map.” 

In addition, Ford believes that having the event at CAM gives guests more of a personal connection, brings it to a wider audience, and removes the barriers associated with a traditional jewelry store. Rough to Refined is hoping to attract anyone who appreciates great design, is interested in advanced technical processes and wants to learn more about fine jewelry. 

The October event is well-timed for consumers looking for unique holiday gifts. Doors will open from 12 to 6 pm on Saturday, October 13, and 12 to 5 pm on Sunday, October 14. 

Rough to Refined is free and open to the public. For more information contact Kristy Ford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..