About

Janja Watson

Design by Janja has been owned and operated by Janja Watson since 2003. Janja got her start in the jewelry business at an early age of 15, taking an apprenticeship as jewelry retail dealer in Switzerland in 1990, where she was born. After graduating she continued her education by taking the 4 year apprenticeship as bench jeweler.

In 1998 she came to California and attended the Gemological Institute of America to get her degree as Graduate Gemologist. The casting and mold-making classes further extended her knowledge of fabricating custom design jewelry.

With over 19 years of experience in the jewelry business she now designs and fabricates her handmade jewels out of California.

I hope, I can pass on my passion for jewelry by providing my customers with a handmade piece of jewelry that has been designed to be as unique as the person wearing it.” -Janja Watson


 

Update 2008:

After getting a degree in web & graphic design, Janja extended her services to web and graphic design under the company name Jewel Web & Design. She specializes in all graphic and website design as well as WordPress CMS Systems.

 


 

Awards:

  • 2001 Del Mar Fair: Constructed Jewelry w/ Stones: 2nd Place
  • 2001 Del Mar Fair: Art Jewelry: 3rd Place
  • 2002 San Diego County Fair: Constructed Jewelry w/ Stones: 3rd Place
  • 2002 San Diego County Fair: Education- Award of Merit
  • 2003 San Diego County Fair: Constructed Jewelry w/ Stones: 2nd Place
  • 2003 San Diego County Fair: Education- Award of Merit
  • 2003 San Diego County Fair: Best Showmanship: 1st Place
  • 2004 San Diego County Fair: Constructed Jewelry w/ Stones: 3rd Place
  • 2004 San Diego County Fair: Education- Award of Merit
  • 2004 San Diego County Fair: Best Showmanship: 1st Place
  • 2005 San Diego County Fair: Constructed Jewelry w/ Stones: 2nd Place
  • 2005 San Diego County Fair: Education- Award of Merit
  • 2005 San Diego County Fair: Best Showmanship: 3rd Place
  • 2006 San Diego County Fair: Constructed Jewelry w/ Stones: 2nd Place
  • 2006 San Diego County Fair: Creativity Award
  • 2007 San Diego County Fair: Constructed Jewelry w/ Stones: 2nd Place
  • 2007 San Diego County Fair: Constructed Jewelry w/ Stones: 3rd Place
  • 2007 San Diego County Fair: Creativity Award
  • 2010 San Diego County Fair: Constructed Jewelry w/ Stones 2nd Place
  • 2012 San Diego County Fair: Constructed Jewelry w/ Stones  2nd Place
  • 2013 San Diego County Fair: Creativity Award (image below)
  • 2014 San Diego County Fair: Creativity Award
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Convertible Pendant – change style and color

Some of our award-winning pieces throughout the years

Web & Graphic Design Awards

  • 2009 San Diego County Fair: Web Design- 2nd Place
  • 2009 San Diego County Fair: Graphic Design Documents: 1st Place
  • 2010 San Diego County Fair: Web Design- Best of Show
  • 2010 San Diego County Fair: Poster Graphic Design- Best of Show
  • 2010 San Diego County Fair: Cal. Graphic Design Edu Assoc. Award
  • 2012 First Place Web Design: Designcontest.com

 

Publications: “An Artistic Gem“ Union Tribune, November 30, 2003

Branching Out!  North County Times, January 17, 2004