This week, the dynamic women of the SRQ Women in Business Leadership Circle were treated to a rare experience, a behind the scenes tour at The Diamond Vault. After a champagne reception with appropriately themed diamond cookies from Sift Bakehouse, Leadership Circle members had their personal jewelry cleaned and were able to try on some of the Diamond Vault’s most stunning, sparkling rings, necklaces and bracelets that illuminate the shop’s jewelry cases.

Clockwise from top left: wax molds of necklace links being recreated; Lee-En Chung uses an engineer’s precision to weld screws in the laser welder; Cynthia Holiday shows off her fused stainless steel


As true lovers of behind the scenes experiences, the women were delighted to learn about the very detailed process of making and repairing delicate jewelry from Diamond Vault owner Michael Chokr and his jewelers. Demonstrating the science behind the sparkle, Leadership Circle members took turns using the laser welding machine to fuse screws, a process that requires precision but doesn’t use heat, making it the perfect technique when working with more delicate stones.

The partnership between Diamond Vault and the SRQ Women in Business is a special one. In the coming days, the Diamond Vault will work with SRQ Media to commission a very special project for the upcoming 2016 winners of the Women in Business competition.

For more information on the Women in Business program, visit, or to nominate a deserving local woman for her leadership and positive influence in the community, click here. Nominations are open through February 5, 2016. The 2nd Annual SRQ Hear Me Roar Awards and Luncheon will honor the 2016 winners and finalists on April 21st.

Special thanks to our very good friends at Diamond Vault, who are as genuine as they come. We look forward to sharing their amazing work with you soon!