Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Romero-Weber Jewelry Camp Scholarship 2012


Call for Applicants for the 2012 Romero-Weber

Jewelry Camp Scholarship

Application deadline is April 30, 2012.

Centereach, NY, November 7, 2011— Antique Jewelry & Art Conference, “Jewelry Camp,” Directors Edward/Sandy Lewand invite all interested to apply for the Romero-Weber Jewelry Camp Scholarship.
Named for the late Christie Romero and Barry Weber, the scholarship honors the pair’s countless, longstanding contributions to the jewelry industry and provides the recipient with the cost of tuition for the Antique Jewelry & Art Conference, “Jewelry Camp,” that will be held July 27-29, 2012, at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel in White Plains, New York.

“All of us in the jewelry community were greatly saddened by the loss of Christie Romero to cancer in late 2009,” said Jewelry Camp Director Sandy Lewand. “In tribute to Christie, Barry Weber of Edith Weber Jewelry had the idea to establish a Christie Romero Scholarship Fund for Jewelry Camp. Yet, just one year later, Barry, too, succumbed to the disease. To carry on Christie’s and Barry’s remarkable legacies, Edward and I will continue to offer this memorial scholarship, which we have renamed the Romero-Weber Jewelry Camp Scholarship Fund.”

Applicants for the 2012 Romero-Weber Jewelry Camp Scholarship must compose a brief essay or email that explains why he or she should be selected to receive the award. All applications should be sent to no later than April 30, 2012. The award recipient will be announced in May to allow ample time to make arrangements to attend the conference. While the scholarship covers Jewelry Camp tuition, the costs of lodging, travel, and food remain the responsibility of the recipient.

About Jewelry Camp
Open to jewelry-industry professionals, collectors, and the public, Jewelry Camp is an educational forum focused on antique and estate jewelry and comprises three days of lectures, breakout groups, and networking events. Participants have opportunities to meet and learn from top experts in buying, selling, appraising, and collecting. This year’s featured speakers will include Donna Bilak, a 19th- and early 20th-century jewelry historian; Education Director for the Phoenix Museum of Art, Jan Krulik-Belin; and Roy Rover of Roy Rover Antiques.

For more information about Jewelry Camp, visit: and

For more information regarding the 2012 Romero-Weber Jewelry Camp Scholarship, please email:

The Antique Jewelry & Art Conference – “Jewelry Camp”
(631) 471-1922 or (631) 377-9766

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Job Openings and MORE.....December 6, 2012

Good Morning!

I have a few things this morning, a couple of job postings as well as a press release or two!  First the JOBS!  These job openings are sent to us directly from Harry Winston, should you be interested in one of these positions please let them know that you got the info in the Jewelry Camp Newsletter!!
REGISTRATION IS OPEN & PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE.  Call Sandy to get started...631-471-1922 or 631-377-9766

JEWELRY CAMP 2012--JULY 27, 28, 29TH, 2012

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

WJA - GIA Speed Mentoring Event!

Join Us For Speed Mentoring

October 26th, 2011
6:15 - 8:45pm
Gemological Institute of America
270 Madison Avenue at 39th Street
Classroom #207

space is limited, register today!

Speed mentoring is your chance to have a coaching session with an industry professional who will answer your questions, help sharpen your focus and offer career suggestions based on your experience, training and personality.  Now is your chance to take advantage of personal one-on-one guidance and receive practical advice about setting goals and objectives, creating strategies for success and how to make your resume shine. 

First come-first served.  Pre-registration is limited to 2 mentors.  Based on availability.   An additional area will be set aside for the opportunity to network with other WJA members.

Please register and fill out the attached form to schedule your appointments. Sessions begin at 6:30 PM and each coaching session is 15 minutes. The last session ends at 8:45 PM. This is a WJA member and GIA students only event. Your WJA membership needs to be current to participate.

Speed Mentoring FAQs
What kind of questions should I ask the coach? Your questions should focus on job descriptions, duties and requirements for a particular area you are interested in.
Should I give my resume to the coach? Yes, this a great opportunity for an objective review of your resume and how it can be better targeted for your career goals.
Can I see more than one coach? Yes, however you can only make two appointments initially on-line on a first come, first served basis.  Additional appointments may be scheduled once the Speed Mentoring sessions begin.

Amy Curran, The Advisory Source LLC
    -Materials sourcing, Assortment Analysis, Business Planning and Development

Maeve Gillies, MaeVona LLC
    - Design, Brand Building

Elena Kriegner, Elena Kriegner
     -Design,Business Planning, Marketing Products

Edward Lewand, Consultant Appraisal Services, Inc.
    -Appraising, Antique & Estate Jewelry

Lynn Dana Loo, Judith Ripka, Inc
    -Merchandising, Forecasting Planning. Visual Merchandizing

Fernando Marques, Lazare Diamond
    -Sales with Majors and Business Development

Stephanie Maslow Blackman, Metalicious
    -Merchandising and Product Development

Barbara Modeste, Saks Fifth Avenue
    -Becoming a million dollar producer, Dressing for Success

Kathy Riccardi, David Yurman, Inc
    -Sourcing, Product Development and Purchasing

Karen Sampieri, Tiffany & Co.
    -Colored Gem Stone Buying, Resume Review
Talk with other industry professionals, including Metro board members at the Round-Table Mentoring.

Enid Canales, Avon
    -Supply Chain Management from Product Development to Distribution
Bill Danz, Riva Jewelry Manufacturing
    -Quality Control and Gemology
Herta Krieger, Uber Inc
    -Visual Presentation, Branding and Corporate Identity
Gina Ramcharan, Ippolita
    -Sales, Marketing, Merchandizing and Customer Service

Go here to register for this worthwhile event.

Karen Janowski & Karen Sampieri Co-Presidents
WJA Metropolitan Chapter

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Position Open at Bonham's

Senior Specialist - Jewelry

Bonhams & Butterfields is an auction house that specializes in the appraisal and sale of fine jewelry, art, antiques, and all types of collectibles. We are located in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.  The Bonhams group of auction houses is number three in the world.

We are looking for a Senior Specialist for our Jewelry department in Los Angeles. This person will conduct appraisals, negotiate contracts, and meet acquisition and marketing goals The appropriate candidate will have knowledge and appraisal experience and will be asked to conduct selections for sale, fair market and insurance appraisals, to negotiate contracts, and work closely with the entire Jewelry team. This is a “hands-on” role with direct contact with the property.

·      Graduate Gemologist degree - G.I.A. required.
·      Auction House experience preferred. 
·      Appraisal ability - knowledge of both wholesale and retail jewelry pricing required.
·      Relationships with established dealers and collectors in the jewelry field required.
·      Thorough knowledge of gem identification, metals testing and antique jewelry styles and periods.
·      Strong written and verbal communication, and networking skills
·      Detail-oriented, well-organized and ability to prioritize and meet scheduled deadlines.
·      Ability to travel about 35% of the time. 

This is a full time position and exempt from overtime. Full benefits including medical, dental, vision, paid time off, short/long term disability, life insurance and a 401k plan.  Interested candidates should send their cover letter, salary requirements and resume to and put in the subject box “Senior Specialist - Jewelry”.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Opening at Harry Winston

Position: Archivist
Reports To: Estate Jewelry Manager
Location: 718 5th Avenue, New York, NY
Submit resumes to Angela Hedges at (no calls please)

I. Job Summary:

To centralize, organize, classify, code and manage the Harry Winston archives.  The first goal will be to implement a system that will make the various archives completely searchable through digital media. Once implemented the Archivist will be responsible for maintaining the archives and inputting new information, as well as using the system to provide output to help achieve Corporate goals.   Concurrent with organizing the Harry Winston archives, the Archivist will be responsible for conducting research and providing any other assistance necessary toward the publication of the Harry Winston brand book to be published in 2012.

The archives consist of:

·         Retail Replacement Valuations

·         Invoices

·         Job Books

o   Job Books contain renderings or copied images of jewelry that was actually produced and contain all component information, date of manufacture and stock number

o   Job Books contain the component and total cost of each piece and its tag price

·         Stock Books

o   Stock Books contain the job number and all of the information included in the Job Book (except an image) along with from whom the components or the piece was purchased, the date of manufacture, date of sale, purchasers last name and invoice number

o   Stock Books contain the total cost of the piece

o   Stock Books contain rough diamond purchases and a detailed listing of each diamond cut from the rough

·         Stock Cards

o   Individual card with an image of the piece, a summary of component information, date in stock, a record of where the piece moved for potential sale before being finally sold, purchaser name, date sold and invoice number

o   Stock cards contain the tag price for each piece

·         Gemstone Cards

o   Individual cards used primarily for diamonds and some colored stones and include the weight, quality, date of purchase, gemological report number if applicable, a record of where each piece moved for potential sale before being finally sold, purchaser name, date sold and invoice number

·         Design Archives

·         Press Books

o   Books containing press clippings, photographs, articles and interviews pertaining to Harry Winston and Harry Winston, Inc.

II. Key Duties Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

o   Centralize and Organize the Harry Winston Archives
·         Identify and become familiar with the various Archives
·         Plan a system of codifying the Archives to make them fully functional as a reference tool
·         Work with IT and Systems departments to digitize the Archives and use the coding system to make them completely searchable

o   Manage the Harry Winston Archives
·            Track within the Archive System new designs and finished pieces of jewelry
·            Track within the Archive System significant Diamonds and Colored Stones
·            Document with the Archive System all Corporate initiatives that are relevant to building a continuous history
·            Provide Archival information as requested by Estate, Design, Marketing, Retail and other departments

o   Contribute to the Harry Winston Brand Book
·            Conduct research as required by the Project Manager
·            Outline and summarize information as required by the Project Manager
·            Categorize and collate images as required by the Project Manager
·            Provide any other assistance as required by the Project Manager

o    Key Job Relationships
·            Estate Jewelry Manager
·            Global Art Director
·            Global VP of Systems and Operations
·            Global Marketing VP

o   Job Qualifications
·            College Graduate (Degree in Art History or History preferred)
·            Proficient in Microsoft Extensis Portfolio
·            Ability to conduct research and organize large amounts of disparate information
·            Minimum of three years in a research position
·            Excellent written and organizational skills
·            A general knowledge of the history of Harry Winston and/or jewelry history in general is preferred

Monday, July 4, 2011

Jewelry Camp: Only 10 Days to Go!

Jewelry Camp: Only 10 Days to Go!: " Wow, I cannot believe that Jewelry Camp is only 10 days away! Where does time go? We look forward to seeing every one again as well as me..."