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..."

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 meeting many new attendee's this year.

If you plan on participating in Dealer's Night and have not reserved your table, just call me or send an email.  631-471-1922

 See you soon,

Sandy & Ed

Thursday, June 30, 2011

4 New Positions Open at Harry Winston

Position: Finance Project Manager    
Department: Corporate Finance
Reporting to: Corporate CFO
Location: 1330 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

About the Position:

The company will be launching a series of finance-related projects in order to improve its key finance processes, and is therefore looking for a Finance Project Manager to lead these critical process improvement projects.  Projects could include budgeting & reporting processes, procurement, and back-office optimization.  Finance processes could either be specific to each segment / activity, or be common to both segments (Mining and Retail). The position reports to the Corporate CFO.
Key Duties and Accountabilities:

·         Knowledge of finance, accounting and information systems
·         Experience with project management methodology (possibly with PMP certification)
·         Systematic approach
·         Ability to be a change agent
·         Inquisitive mindset
·         Gets along well with people from different perspectives and backgrounds
·         Consensus builder
·         Works well under pressure in deadline driven environment
·         Manages complex projects with multiple stakeholders simultaneously

Key Job Relationships:

·         HWDC and Harry Winston, Inc. Finance Departments
·         Information Systems

Job Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s Degree in related field, MBA a plus
·         3-5 years professional experience in finance, accounting, and/or information systems
·         ERP project management experience a plus
·         Internal audit and consulting experience a plus
·         Knowledge of Japanese, Chinese, or French a plus
·         Knowledge of luxury or natural resources sectors a plus
·         Frequent international travel required

Iris Negron
Harry Winston, Inc.
Manager, Human Resources
1330 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
Ph: 212-315-7912

Position: Retail/Wholesale Coordinator    
Department: Sales
Reporting to: Global VP of Sales
Location: 1330 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

About the Position:

The Coordinator is to assist in supporting the Retail & Wholesale network with a special focus on operations.
Additionally, the Retail & Wholesale Coordinator will support the Global VP of Sales & New York-based Retail Division Directors with administrative tasks and on special projects.

Key Duties and Accountabilities:

·         Maintain retail and wholesale Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s):
o    Retail: End of Month & YTD Flash, Productivity Report, Traffic and Conversion Rate Report, Salon Address List.
o    Wholesale: compile sell-in/sell-out reports.
·         Oversee flow and budget of retail supplies for all salons.
·         Coordinate strategic plan for sales division.
·         Administrative support for department
o    Letter writing, filing, organizing meetings & conference calls, expense reports
·         Special projects as needed.

Key Job Relationships:

·         Global Salon Director & Operational Teams for Salon Retail & Maintenance, CRM and Retail Initiatives
·         Internal: IT, Creative & Marketing team for Salon Retail & Maintenance, CRM and Retail Initiatives
·         Outside Vendors – Store Development, Salon Repair & Maintenance

Job Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s degree with minimum of 2 years of experience in a luxury company.
·         Strong analytical, organizational and problem solving skills.
·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
·         Must be proficient in Microsoft applications (especially PowerPoint).
·         Ability to think and react in a high-energy, fast paced environment.

Iris Negron
Harry Winston, Inc.
Manager, Human Resources
1330 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
Ph: 212-315-7912

Position: Manager-Diamond Operations    
Department: Gemstone Acquisition
Reporting to: Director, Gemstone Purchasing
Location: 718 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

About the Position:
The primary purpose of the Manager Diamond Operations is to ensure the smooth and continuous flow of output from the Diamond team.
The secondary purpose of this position is to function as the liaison for the diamond group on supplier payment, inventory control and Merchandising issues, both Planning and Fulfillment.
The third purpose is to assist the Manager of Gemstone Purchasing in  pricing and vendor relationship issues, as warranted.

Key Duties and Accountabilities:
·         Ensuring the smooth flow of output from the diamond team; ensuring that supplier and other departments within the organization are being serviced at an appropriate level and resolving any issues that arise in the course of day-to-day operations.

·         Generating and ensuring the accuracy of the Buy List for distribution to the diamond division.

·         Applying center stones, melee and side stones physically and systematically to the orders generated by the Merchandise Fulfillment group.

·         Ensuring the orders written by Merchandise Fulfillment are accurate with regards to stone sizes and counts and that the proper lead times are utilized when the orders are written.

·         Effectively Managing the Administration team including but not limited to; hiring and training of staff, scheduling, performance reviews and issues, timely deliveries of work orders into production and in ensuring the smooth flow of all daily activities of the group.

·         Ensuring that the diamond team is fulfilling work orders on a timely basis. This is to be accomplished by frequent reviews of the pending work bags to ensure that the work is being completed on or ahead of schedule, that the proper priorities are being met, re-assigning work bags to ensure a continuous flow of merchandise into production and notifying Merchandise Planning and Fulfillment on a timely basis, on job bags that will be delayed in Sourcing.

·         Ensuring accurate inventory counts on the loose lot inventory and reconciling the inventory at the end of each month.

·         Assisting the Manager of Gemstone Purchasing in generating TAG price calculations, pricing estimates and supplier relationship issues, as warranted.

·         Capturing the stone data info in an excel file for future stone data usage requirements, if warranted.

·         Generating reports for the Director of Gemstone Purchasing, as warranted.

·         The timely return of vendor consignment stones by; notifying the salons, maintaining records and ensuring timely shipment of the merchandise back to the suppliers.

·         Ensuring the accuracy and timely completion of other miscellaneous administration requirements of the group.

Key Job Relationships:

1)      Diamond team- on a daily basis to ensure a proper flow of merchandise to HW entities
2)      Inventory Control group- loose lot inventory issues, memo/invoicing issues, proper storage of diamond stock or diamonds under review.
3)      Merchandising Fulfillment- Status of deliveries, diamond estimate requirements, ensuring correct orders are being written,
4)      Merchandise Planning- Status of client calls, late deliveries for stock items, pricing.

1)      Diamond suppliers- resolving any issues that arise on a daily basis, coordinating the return of consignment merchandise,

Job Qualifications:

College degree required.
Proficiency in Microsoft word and Excel and Power Point is required
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written are required.

Iris Negron
Harry Winston, Inc.
Manager, Human Resources
1330 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
Ph: 212-315-7912

Position: Merchandise Fulfillment, Jr. Analyst     
Department: Merchandise Fulfillment
Reporting to: VP, Merchandise Fulfillment
Location: 718 5th Avenue, New York, NY

About the Position:

The Merchandise Fulfillment Junior Analyst will assist in ensuring that all jewelry products ordered by the company are successfully produced in an efficient and timely process. Key duties and responsibilities include the following:

·         Monitor product cost in conjunction with the Analyst.                                                  

·         Establish and maintain bill of materials for manufactured jewelry products.        

·         Process sourcing work orders and merchandise work orders.                                    

·         Assist analyst with component acquisition, monitor component logs and supplies.          

·         Monitor Production Delivery.                                                                                                   

·         Aid analyst with monitoring and tracking of Internal Product Repairs (IPR).         

·         Gem Acquisition Coordination in support of the Analyst.                                             

·         At the direction of the Analyst resolve invoice discrepancies.                                    

·         Create Manufacturing reports in support of the Analyst.                                                             

·         Assist the Analyst in managing the product deliveries.                                                  

·         Assist the Analyst in managing the consignment inventory.                                                        

·         Maintain and file records and memorandums.                                                 

·         Assist in the monthly physical inventory.

·         Execute special projects when assigned by the Director of Merchandise Fulfillment

Key Relationships:
·         Liaise with Gem Acquisitions to guarantee correct bill of materials.

·         Liaise with Quality Assurance

To Qualify: he
·         Bachelor’s Degree.
·         A minimum of 2 years work experience.
·         Previous experience in jewelry merchandising, manufacturing and /or buying.
·         Candidate must be proficient in Microsoft applications.
·         Candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
·         Strong organizational and problem solving skills necessary.
·         Gemstone handling experience is a plus.

Stephanie McKee
Harry Winston, Inc.
Director, US Human Resources
Global Rewards Director
1330 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
Ph: 212-315-7918

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hands On Classes to be Offered at Jewelry Camp 2011

Hands On Classes at Jewelry Camp

Good Morning,

Below you will find four of the "Hands On" classes being offered at Jewelry Camp, July 2011.  These classes will be limited to 20 to 25 people per session.  You must sign up for these classes, each class will be held at least two times.

Please note that if you wish to attend either of these classes it is suggested that you bring a loupe (if you do not have a loupe Kassoy will have them along with many other tools).

Upon entering either of these four classes or any other of the classes that requires the handling of Jewelry, you will not be allowed to exit until the end of the class for security purposes.

If you have not yet registered for Jewelry Camp it would be advisable to do so as soon as possible!

To sign up for the hands on classes please send an email to, please include the Speaker's name or name's.  These classes will fill up quickly so do not wait too long!

See you Soon,


Paula Bixel

(Seminar) “Hands On”
What, When and Where of Jewelry Investigation

Through hands-on analysis, the Ladies of Gilt help you develop the vocabulary & techniques to answer the questions: What is it? When was it made? And where was it made?
The goal of this seminar is to enhance your skills for on-the-fly identification.
From our collection at Gilt we have chosen the most unusual, beautiful and exemplary pieces we could find. In small groups you will be able to compare and contrast these common and not so common items. With hands on examination you will find the answers to the What? When? and Where? of antique jewelry.
Have something that you can’t identify? Bring it in and we can all work together to figure out the what, when and where of your mystery piece. The purpose of this seminar is not only to teach but to learn from you as well. So, bring your knowledge, an open mind and a loupe.
Paula Bixel, Jessie Hibbs, Carley Brin Johnson & Lori Williams

Peter Shemonsky

(Seminar) “Hands On”
A View From the Backside

Avoiding costly mistakes by properly identifying and circa dating period jewelry.  Whether you are buying, selling or appraising antique and period jewelry this presentation will cover the key design elements and features associated with antique and period jewelry.  This will be a hands-on presentation so that you will learn what to look for through observing items from the backside in order to distinguish between originals, reproductions and altered pieces.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a loupe and one piece of jewelry to be included in the hands on discussion as well.

Roy Rover

(Seminar) “Hands On”
Costume Fashion

This hands on class is sure to popular one.  Roy will cover identifying and valuing Costume Jewelry from American Makers such as Trifari, Boucher and Pennino to name a few.  So be sure to bring your costume jewelry pieces!

Louis Scholtz

(Seminar) “Hands On”
Fast Track


We will start with 20 trays, a single piece of jewelry per tray covered with numbered piece of paper, 1 thru 20.

Each person will receive a number 1 thru 20, you will then have 10 seconds to uncover one piece at a time you may look at them with a loop but, NO TOUCHING. 
You will then recover the item with the numbered paper and write down NO MORE THAN 3 WORDS.  Everyone will then shift to the right and we will repeat this process 20 times.

We will then have an open discussion with PowerPoint of pictures only using the 3 words you have each chosen to write down for each piece.


In this phase the process is repeated with a twist.  You are now in front of the tray that has your number (the piece is covered).  This time you will have 60 seconds to uncover and examine the piece with a loop then cover the item you then have 30 seconds to write down information about the piece.  Move to the right and repeat this process 20 times.


PowerPoint discussion on what you should have picked up on each piece with full text.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Blog Hop

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Vote for Fellow Jewelry Camper Dale Fournier

Dear Friends and Family,

Today would have been my Grandmother Frances' 98th birthday.  In her honor, I am asking you to vote for the jewelry design I created after her wedding band.

See Below and Many thanks! -- Dale

 Dale Fournier Private Collection is excited to announce its nomination for the
Engagement 101 2011 Bridal Jewelry Awards.

My women’s wedding band called “Grandmother Frances’ Wedding Band” is the piece nominated.  Grandma would be so proud!

Please take a moment to vote for this beautiful wedding band which I designed after my grandmother’s original 1930 ring.

Votes will be received online until May 31st.

Just go to the home page and click on VOTE.

Many thanks in advance!

Dale Fournier Private Collection
"only the exquisite"


BOOK GIVEAWAY!! LIKE our page on Facebook AND follow our BLOG at starting today through May 18th, 2011 and you will be entered to win "Coppola e Toppo [Hardcover]
Deanna Farneti Cera (Author) "

Friday, May 13, 2011

Proceeds go to The Romero-Weber Scholarship

Just a reminder that a portion of all sales from the Jewelry Camp Cafe Press Shop will go to the Romero-Weber Scholarship.  So if you are attending this summer this is the place to get all the goodies.  Everything from T-Shirts, Water Bottles, Pajamas and Jewelry, you name it they have it.

Have Fun!!

Monday, May 9, 2011




Hello Everyone:

This is going to be Jewelry Camp’s first real newsletter!  I will try to have one every few months and plan to include interesting stories, facts and upcoming events.  If you have something to add please send it to Sandy.

This year we moved Jewelry Camp to a Professional location for your comfort and to enhance your learning experience.

We are trying to bring you more everyday lessons that you will be able to use in your business.  As this economic environment changes, we as an industry must continue to learn and grow as a community with each other, to network and help each other.

As the economy changes and the little silver bead fades into the background as all trends have...we the antique and estate jewelry industry must and have to bring the Main Street Jeweler something new...

Bring on Antique and Estate Jewelry.  The romance, the quality, the history; the memories (Grandma had a pin just like that one when I was a little girl) it is the comfort food of the jewelry industry.  Antique jewelry warms the heart and brings the memory of childhood alive again.  Bring the Antique and Estate Jewelry alive to your client and the Jeweler.

Remember, the more lectures you attend, the more people you meet and hear, the more you learn from their experiences.  Over the years of Jewelry Camp I have always found even the smallest piece of information that I learn is worth the time I spend at the conference and has improved my business.

This year Judy Cohen will be there with her books and Sandy has arranged for Kassoy to have a small booth for the sale of loupes and gauges as well as take orders for other instruments, be sure to take a moment and visit both websites and if there is something you would like for them to bring to the conference for your purchasing pleasure...give them a call and they will be more than happy to accommodate you.

J.M. Cohen, Rare Books


Our January event was a great success, bringing Tom Burstein, the Vice President of Harry Winston Sales and Nicolas Luchsinger, Vice President of Van Cleef & Arpels to lecture on one stage.  This was Tom’s idea and a great one as it turned out.  Even though we have brought you both of these gentlemen before, this was really the first time to hear and see both great houses on one stage.  To be able to see side by side the beauty of each and the differences, why they shared so many famous and great clients and why.  How each house had it’s own style and feel for each occasion and how each client at different time chose each of these two fine houses to create a wonder for them and all to see.

Our other speakers included Donna Bilak whose talk was of the highest caliber and will be of the same standard this summer as she opens Jewelry Camp on July 15, 2011 with her informative lecture on, Flora Bejeweled: Horticulture, Jewelry and the Victorian Language of Flowers.

Ulysses Dietz again gave a marvelous talk on, Objects of Desire, 500 years of Jewelry and this summer he will talk about his first love of Silver.

Speakers this summer will include some old favorites with NEW Topics and speakers from the past with things many of us have forgotten about.  See More

Michael Goldstein will be presenting a new class on why they like the old style stones and the market as well as his classic hands on estimating and pricing.

Roy Rover will be speaking on Costume Jewelry and will bring a hands-on approach as he will also be displaying at “Dealer’s Night.”

William Drucker will be speaking and also displaying at dealers night too! (Topic to be Announced) See More...

Sandy and I will be keeping the Webber Romero Scharloship going and are looking for applicants and donations.  See More... 

Help information and tips……

In the next newsletter, Appraisals...Dealing with a bad one and how they work.

An Interesting Article...By Joyce Jonas

by Joyce Jonas

In 1902 Albert Edward, Price of Wales, was crowned Edward, King and Emperor of Britain and the Empire, and the beautiful Princess Alexandra, his Queen. The sobriety of the Victorian years was replaced by the extravagant, fun loving decade known as the “Edwardian Era”, dating from 1901 to 1910. In fact, the Edwardian style began circa 1890 and ended circa 1915. Edward VII was a dandy; his Queen epitomized the elegance, gentility and femininity that defined the period, and the jewelry.
Edwardian style was heavily influenced by the 18th century, the period with which the Edwardians had most in common. In reaction to the heavy 19th century sprays, jewelry of 1910 was made to look razor thin, as delicate as fine lace. The commercial use of platinum, which began in Paris in about 1903 and in England three years later, enabled jewelers to use a minimum of this very strong but malleable metal to hold a stone in place, and revolutionized the jewelry of the decade, and the burgeoning century. A profusion of openwork bow knots and ribbons, festoons of floral garlands and intricately saw-pierced rococo designs proliferated, set with European-cut diamonds and large Oriental pearls considered equal in value to the diamonds.
Tightly corseted “S shape” gowns were fashionable, and beautiful silks and lace, created an elegant “all white” look when combined with platinum set diamonds, and pearls. Popular gemstones included Montana sapphires, pale opals, demantoid garnets, and amethyst were most evident. New stones included kunzite and morganite, named for gemologist George Kunz and financier J.P. Morgan.
To the Edwardians, more was better! As in ancient times, emphasis was on the upper torso. Bodices glittered with crescents, stars, and corsage ornaments, worn simultaneously. A “dog collar”, comprised of a diamond-set plaque and up to16 strands of small pearls, was the most popular jewel, ubiquitous because the Queen wore one to hide a throat scar. Long chains interspaced with pearls or diamonds, called sautoires were added, as were multiple strands of various length pearl necklaces. A pendant could be added to the end of the sautoire, and a wide variety of designs included floral baskets, pearl fringes, and “upside down” pendants that resembled handkerchiefs. Other styles included the lavaliere and the “negligee” necklace or brooch which featured two pendants of uneven length. Earrings were comprised of large oval pearl drops often suspended from a row of diamond collets. And by the King’s command, it was de rigueur for ladies of society to wear a tiara; diamond necklaces were supplied with the appropriate findings for conversion.
Upper crust American society had been marrying impoverished members of European royalty, in exchange for titles since the successful marriage in 1860 of Jenny Jerome to Lord Randolph Churchill. Many such marriages followed, including Consuelo Vanderbilt to the Duke of Marlboro. Fabulous jewels were worn in regal abundance in America and abroad.
The arrival in Paris in 1910 had brought an explosion of flamboyant color. Exotic costumes designed by Leon Bakst, dances choreographed by Diaghilev, and the music of Rimsky-Korsakov and Igor Stravinsky radically changed what jewelry and the world would look like, and trumpeted a visual fanfare for the end of an era that will not be seen again in  our lifetime.

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
At: Douglaston Manor (7pm to 10:30 pm)

Consolidated Jewelers Association of Greater New York Presents...

Edward Lewand-Barry Block-Michael Goldstein
For further information please contact:"Marcia Mintz  CJA Adminst." Email


Edward Lewand will be speaking ath the JCK Show in Las Vegas on Sunday, June 5th from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm., "Antique and Estate Jewelry: The New Profit Center for the Modern Jeweler"

Sunday, June 5th from 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm., "Life Beyond the Silver Bead: The New Emerging Market of Antique and Estate Jewelry"

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Have you Registered?

Registration for The 34th Annual Jewelry Camp Filling Rapidly

Registration for "The 34th Annual Jewelry Camp" is in full swing. There are still a few spots available, so if you have not yet registered, now is the time!
PRLog (Press Release)May 04, 2011 – The 34th Annual “Jewelry Camp”
Jewelry Camp has moved! Come join us as we bring “The Antique
Jewelry & Art Conference, Inc.,” to a whole new level! Jewelry Camp
will be hosted this year at “Tarrytown House Estate” located in
Tarrytown, New York just minutes from the City!
With more estate jewelry coming out of the vault and walking in to the
retail jeweler, there is no better time to brush up on your knowledge of
the antique and estate jewelry market. And there is no better place
to do just that and more than the 34th Annual Antique Jewelry & Art
Conference, lovingly known to many as “Jewelry Camp.”
In these economic times we need to get tough, focused and smart.
At Jewelry Camp you will meet and learn from some of the top
experts in buying, selling, appraising and collecting.
The list of experts is impressive. Included are:
Elizabeth Irvine Bray, A Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of
America in New York, Elizabeth Irvine Bray was a jewelry specialist with
Christie's auction house for over 7 years. She is currently a consultant and
appraiser based in Los Angeles, as well author of Paul Flato: Jeweler to the
Paula Bixel, is the CEO of Gilt Vintage and Artisan Jewelry in Portland, Oregon.
Besides providing her clients with high quality vintage and antique jewelry,
Paula’s goal has been to educate and provide a source for information in her
community. The pieces that have fueled her passion are also important pieces of
our history and it is her goal to preserve this history and provide education in how
to care for, identify and appreciate each piece for its specific place in the jewelry
timeline. In this capacity she has provided professional support in the form of
estate assistance, advice to local curators, as well as providing special exhibits
for local galleries and museums.
Cathy Calhoun, Certified Gemologist Appraiser (CGA), is the new president of
the Society’s Board of Directors. Owner of Calhoun Jewelers, Ms Calhoun sits on
the board of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, Jewelers for Children,
DeBeer’s Diamond Empowerment Fund, and Women’s
Jewelry Association. Jewelers Association.
She has appeared on numerous television programs including PBS’s Antiques
Roadshow, ABC’s Good Morning America, and World News Tonight.
As you can see from just this partial list of experts, Jewelry Camp will be no
better place to enhance your knowledge of antique and estate jewelry, to
network, renew old friendships, and make new ones.
And, if you are looking for a position, more knowledge to enhance your current
job or, conversely, if you are able to offer an opening to, or are looking for new
people, Jewelry Camp is the place to be.
To be held at Tarrytown House Estate, located in Tarrytown, Ny just minutes
away from Downtown Manhattan and all airports, the Antique Jewelry & Art
Conference is considered by many to be the best jeweler’s working vacation.
Personal invitation from Ed and Sandy
The goal of Jewelry Camp© is to function as an educational tool to promote
knowledge in antique and estate jewelry not only to the jewelry industry and
collectors but also to the public. It is our aim to create a community for
networking to aid in the dissemination of knowledge.
In this fast paced world, it is important to rely on each other for education,
support as well as networking. We must take the time to help as well as learn
from each other.
This summer Jewelry Camp is bringing...
New Speakers, Old Favorites and Friends from the past to help the dealer and
collector prepare for the growing demand for Antique and Estate Jewelry.
Programs on Victorian, Edwardian and Deco Jewelry, Silver, Costume, colored
stones and diamonds. Knowledge you need for everyday in the “World of
Three days of educational lectures and breakout classes.
To see more about the Antique Jewelry & Art Conference and registration, log onto
Or you may contact me by phone:
Sandy  Lewand
Or by e-mail at
The Antique Jewelry & Art Conference, aka “Jewelry Camp,” July 15th-17th, 2011
Now is the time to go jewelry camping! But enrollment is limited to 110 this
summer-Act Now

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In today’s world we need as much knowledge and information as possible to help us buy sell and collect jewelry. As always, Jewelry Camp is important for networking and meeting people who can help you in everyday tasks.

Joseph DuMouchelle Jewels & Timepieces Auction

Joseph DuMouchelle
May 4th Fine Jewels & Timepieces Auction 
There is still TIME to Bid! 
Great Mother's Day gifts
Lot 84A-  1.49ct. GIA H Color. VS1 Clarity Diamond Ring
Lot 94A- 1.49ct.Round Brilliant cut Diamond -GIA Report
Color H.  Clarity VS1

4 Ways to BID
Please Note:
There is a 3% discount if you bid direct with us
23% Buyer's Premium on LIVE BIDDING
20% Buyer's Premium -bid PHONE or ABSENTEE
800-475-4367 (GEMS)
212-819-1899 (NY)- 313-884-4800 (MI)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Romero-Weber Jewelry Camp Scholarship


All of us in the jewelry community were greatly saddened by the loss of Christie Romero in late 2009.  Rather than making a donation to the American Cancer Society, Barry Weber of Edith Weber Jewelry had the idea to establish a Christie Romero Scholarship Fund for Jewelry Camp.  Who could have imagined that one year later the jewelry industry would lose another beloved faculty member.  As most of you know we lost Barry Weber late 2010 to this horrible disease.  Edward and I would like to continue the scholarship that Barry established a short time ago but feel it is only fitting to rename the scholarship to the Romero-Weber Jewelry Camp Scholarship Fund.

Applicants for the 2011 scholarship should composes a brief essay or email explaining why they should be selected to attend.
Please send applications to
The cut-off date for scholarship application is April 30, 2011.  The recipient of the award will be announced in May, giving ample time to make arrangements.

This scholarship will cover the cost of Jewelry Camp Tuition only at this time.  All other costs, lodging, travel and food are the responsibility of the recipient.

The recipient will also receive items that have been donated to the scholarship fund which include:  Books, Memberships and Cash!

Edward & Sandy Lewand
39 Leonard Lane
Centereach, NY  11720

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Position Open at Harry Winston

Position: Quality Assurance Analyst
Department: Quality Assurance
Reporting to: Quality Assurance Manager
Location: 718 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

I. Job Summary:

The primary purpose of the Quality Assurance Analyst is to inspect manufactured goods to ensure that all HW quality standards are met.  Provide additional support in the evaluation of customer repairs and appraisals as well as provide departmental administrative support. 

II. Key Duties Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

·         Inspect and review the construction and assembly of manufactured jewelry, ensure that all HW quality standards are met.
·         Inspect and evaluate diamonds, colored stones and pearls to ensure that all HW quality standards are met through specific testing. 
·         Confirm that all components are accurate and function properly.
·         Confirm laser inscriptions where applicable. 
·         Identify manufacturing defect trends; work with QA team and QA manager to recommend solutions. 
·         Administrative tasks include but are not exclusive to inspection processing, documentation and departmental reporting. 

III. Key Job Relationships:

Daily interaction with the following departments:

·         Interact with Manufacturing
·         Merchandise Fulfillment
·         Gemstone Acquisition
·         Inventory Control
·         Merchandise Planning

IV. Job Qualifications: The

·         Graduate Gemologist preferred
·         Proficiency in Excel and Word required
·         Bench jewelry/manufacturing knowledge a plus
·         Solid written and verbal communication skills    
·         Capable of multi-tasking
·         Ability to manage small projects

If you are interested in applying for the position kindly forward your resume to the Human Resources Manager below.

Iris Negron
(T) 212-315-7912
(F) 212-765-8809

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