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CJA Benefits...


Founded in 1874, the Chicago Jewelers' Association (CJA) is the United States oldest and most prestigious jewelry industry group. The CJA provides a forum for retailers, wholesalers, sales representatives, and manufacturers to exchange vital information and new ideas. This networking opportunity has been found to be invaluable by some of the industry's most successful professionals.

CJA Newsletter

Stay on top of jewelry industry activities, business and issues both in Chicago, Illinois, and the rest of the country. Read the association’s Email newsletter. Members are encouraged to submit articles, information, opinions, advertisements for your business, and items of interest for publication.



  • The CJA provides a social forum for its members to network and socialize.
  • Luncheon and Dinner meetings with guest speakers offering programs of interest.
  • The CJA Annual Business meeting and banquet.
  • Annual Holiday Party
  • Smart Show Welcome Chicago Party


Philanthropic Program

Continuing education, community involvement and socializing are all integral parts of our association. The CJA strives to better the lives of its members and enrich those within the community. Since 1993, we are proud to have been instrumental in helping 40 students attend colleges and universities. We now have 14 students actively enrolled, working toward a dream. The CJA Scholarship fund has awarded $186,000 to students since its inception.


Added Value

There is strength in numbers. Make your voice heard. The association is an advocate of members concerns to city, county, and state governments. It provides members with security updates and a strong voice with local and federal law enforcement agencies. The CJA closely works with the U.S. Postal Service and other couriers to help reduce industry losses.



The CJA continually works to provide the jewelry industry with the most up-to-date security information. In doing so, it has affiliated itself with many organizations such as the Chicago Police Department, The F.B.I., the Jewelers Security Alliance and the JBT. We also participate in the Crime Alert Network to provide timely information on criminal activities effecting our industry. Your safety is our main concern.


A First for the Jewelry Industry!!!

  • The CJA Crime Alert Network
  • A “neighborhood crime watch” system for the Jewelry Community. Keeping you informed by e-mail and fax alerts