Saturday, February 26, 2011

Announcing The Romero-Weber Jewelry Camp Scholarship Fund

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. 
Edward & Sandy Lewand
39 Leonard Lane
Centereach, NY  11720

Monday, February 21, 2011

Press Release

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 Stars.

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 and just minutes away from Downtown Manhattan and 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 Jewelry”

Three days of educational lectures and breakout classes.

To see more about the Antique Jewelry Art Conference, log onto

Want to speak to someone live on the phone, contact:
Sandy or Ed 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!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Openings at Harry Winston

Just wanted to give all Jewelry Camp Blog followers a heads up on the positions at Harry Winston that they are looking to fill with qualified candidates.

Assistant - Estate Jewelry and Client Services

I.                   Job Summary:

To assist in the operational activities of the Estate Jewelry and Client Services department, which is responsible for retail sales support, estate jewelry sourcing, auction reporting, purchasing and sales, and special client services.

II.                Key Duties, Responsibilities, and Accountabilities:

Retail Services Support
·         The primary function of this role is to provide Retail Replacement Valuations for all new purchases as requested by the global retail salon network.
·         Produce Updated Retail Replacement and Estate valuations as priced by the Manger of Estate Jewelry.
·         Assist in the New York salon when needed.

Estate Jewelry
·         Assist with purchasing and sourcing estate jewelry from private clients and the trade. 
·         Track and report on items purchased by the department.  Organize and maintain archive stock cards, job books, vintage catalogues and advertisements. 
·         Utilize archived information for the purposes of authentication and/or manufacturing.
·         Assist in the preparations of Harry Winston and Estate Jewelry lectures and presentations.

Auction Purchasing and Sales
·         Produce reports for diamonds, colored gemstones and Harry Winston jewelry offered at the International Auction Houses.
·         Disseminate auction market data to relevant parties with Harry Winston, Inc.
·         Assist in identifying diamonds, colored gemstones and Harry Winston jewelry for potential purchase.

Special Client Services
·         Assist with providing special services such as authentication or historical information to the trade and private clients. 
·         Respond to web, telephone and walk-in client inquiries.

III.             Key Job Relationships:
·         The candidate will report directly to the Manager of Estate Jewelry and also be accountable to the Vice President of Estate Jewelry.
·         The candidate will be required to work well with the global salon staff, merchandise planning, gem acquisition and merchandise fulfilment.
·         The candidate will be required to work well with private clients and the jewelry trade.

IV.             Job Qualifications:
·         College Degree preferred.
·         Jewelry experience preferred.
·         Strong administrative skills, particularly writing skills.
·         Committed to client service and sales executive support.
·         Proficiency in Excel, Word, Powerpoint and other standard Windows based programs as well as diverse general knowledge in utilizing computer functions.

All candidates should contact Iris Negron in Human Resources at or call 212-245-2000.

Position: Manager, Corporate /Internal Communications
Department: Marketing
Reporting to: Public Relations Director
Location: 1330 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
                   I.            Job Summary:

The position will be responsible for supporting the Public Relations Director in the development of internal and external corporate communications for domestic and international employee, business and media audiences. The position will assist PR and Marketing with communications materials to effectively represent the company’s products and services to customers and prospects.

II. Key Duties Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

                  Corporate Communications:
·         Responsible for drafting all press releases tied to corporate endeavors including store openings, jewelry product launches, corporate partnerships and philanthropy
·         Provide support to new markets with brand materials and information
·         Help to ensure HW corporate voice is consistent throughout all communications
·         Maintain internal PR archives and historic events records
·         Facilitate interviews for key executives by providing relevant briefing materials
·         Serve as a clearing house of all corporate press requests
·         Maintain editorial relationships with non-fashion/lifestyle media
·         Develop new press angles to leverage HW’s corporate initiatives in the media
·         Write and develop crisis communication materials and provide update
·         Support the Director of PR for the annual  WW PR strategic plan

 Internal Communications:
·         Responsible for drafting and servicing out all internal communications for the company worldwide
·                     Gathering relevant information
·                     Fact checking
·         Drafting internal communications newsletters
·         Ensuring all approvals have been met prior to distribution
·         Distributing worldwide internal communications via Employee Communications email
·         Develop Internal Communications calendar

Online Media:
·         Manage online/digital public relations efforts
·         Coordinating social networking opportunities with internal departments

                      III.            Key Job Relationships:
·         Public Relations/Marketing Team
·         Human Resources Department
·         Creative Design Director
·         Retail Development Director
·         Writers/Editors/Bloggers
  IV. Job Qualifications: The

·         Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or journalism
·         5+ years of related experience
·         Great interpersonal skills
·         Excellent writing and verbal communication skills, a must
·         People management skills
·         Quick decision maker
·         Presentation skills
·         Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment
·         Fluent in English, written and spoken

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

Position: U.S.  Marketing Director
Department: Marketing Department
Reporting to: VP, U. S. Retail
Location: 1330 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

       I.            Job Summary:

The primary purpose of the US Marketing Director is to strategize, create and implement marketing efforts in an order to attain sales goals and brand objective with the collaboration of the VP of US Retail and Salon Directors.

    II.            Key Duties Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

·         Create and  implement the watch and jewelry marketing strategic yearly plan
·         Contribute and review the merchandise planning and forecasting to meet salon sales goals
·         Manage the sales/product lines and revising the forecasts for the US market
·         Work on a daily basis with the merchandising department to ensure the alignment of the marketing actions with the stock

·         Create and  implement the US media plan
·         Media Planning in coordination with the advertising agency:
o   set up advertising- creative system
o   create ad rotation calendar and assignment
o   negotiate the rates of ad insertion while achieving the best results

·         Create and  implement the yearly event plan  to drive sales
·         Event Planning
o   Work with salon directors to identify and form strategic commercial partnerships
o   Work with salon directors to create in-store and outside events that result in meaningful ROI
o   Maximize each event budget to achieve the “Winston” image standards.
·         Work in conjunction with PR to leverage all ad investments and editorials possibilities
·         Coordinate all Press presentation to US media
·         Monitor ROI on Advertising, events and PR
·         Create and  implement US CRM programs in line with sales goals
·         Responsible for Salon Jewelry and Watch Marketing budgets
·         Effectively manage the Marketing budget ensuring that costs are adhered to as planned, vendors are paid, and expenses are recorded accurately with Finance. 
·         Implement all product launches in the US
·         Create synergy between watch and jewelry marketing and sales activities

III.            Key Job Relationships:
  • US VP of Retail and all salon directors
  • US VP of Marketing for watches and Jewelry
  • International PR team
  • Creative team
  • Advertising agencies KDE and Nashimoto – to coordinate and plan advertising
  • Sale reps for magazine

IV.            Job Qualifications: The

  • 10 years minimum experience in operational and strategic Marketing in luxury
  • Understanding of the US high-end jewelry markets preferred
  • International background preferred
  • Great interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and writing communication skills
  • People management skills
  • Quick decision maker
  • Synthesis ability
  • Presentation skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft office (EXCEL AND POWERPOINT A MUST)
  • Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Travel required

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


Sunday, February 13, 2011

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Venue Changing for Jewelry Camp 2011

After having “Jewelry Camp” at college campus over the years Sandy and I have decided to bring the program to a Professional Conference Center on the Hudson River in Historic Tarrytown, home of Igabog Crane.
We would like your input on this so your response is very important to us we have listen to your suggestions and found the which was Mary Dukes’ estate overlooking the Hudson River.
This fine hotel and conference center has private hotel rooms (with real beds, no more dorms plastic mattress) they are complete with King or two Queen size beds with real sheets, a flat screen TV free wireless internet, a bathroom with all the toiletries  etc. (you can also share a room too)
Hofstra and other campus have to raise their rates for the dorms and us of the facilities, Sandy and I have kept the fee for Jewelry Camp at the same price it was in 1999. But this year even we would have to too. We have found the college campus no longer offer the privacy we need, and the facility at most are run down , A/C does not work in dorm or class rooms, uncomfortable chairs, projectors not working etc etc etc.
The program at Tarrytown house includes all food, housing, snacks morning and afternoon (fruit, muffins, etc) with full coffee and water services all day and all the properties amenities (gym swimming, tennis, private bar, game room hiking path etc. In order to keep the cost reasonable we have rolled the fee into one which includes the room, food and believe me after having a lunch there you won’t be disappointed breakfast includes a stations to make eggs to order, pancakes etc. Lunch we had almond encrusted salmon and a dessert bar to die for.   Dinner is sit down service always offering a choice of three entrees
SO….. Here is the break down Jewelry Camp on a college campus costs with the dorms, registration fee, University fee, food comes (which is usually good to fair at best and most people leave) runs about $1,000.00 plus transportation. With the increases this year it would have been about $1,100.00 to $1,150.00 this new better location will be $1,350.00 WHICH WILL INCLUDE ALL (except transportation)
This is a professional center and we feel you won’t be disappointed BUT WE WANT YOUR IMPUT ASAP this move will be a permanent move. We will still offer a payment plan which we will extent for a month after the program end this year and there is a discount if you share a hotel room. Day rates are also available too. We feel this move will improve your comfort and learning experience
Your opinion is important we do listen and we want Jewelry Camp to be there for you in the year to come so please send you opinion

Thanks Sandy & Ed