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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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

ASA News

Join ASA in May!

Advancing the Professional...and the Profession
May 12-15 | Bethesda, MD

ASA is recognized throughout the world for excellence in appraisal education. Our knowledgeable instructors have met superior academic standards and have proven track records and real-world practice. Whether a novice practitioner or a seasoned appraiser, ASA's training will increase your expertise and your profession. Register today for one of our May course offerings and receive up to 27 CPE credits. 
BV301 Special Topics in the Valuation of Intangible Assets
BV301 focuses on key principles and real world applications for the valuation of intangible assets. Given the importance of intangible asset valuation in a financial reporting context, this three day course includes specific references to relevant accounting guidance including audit requirements for fair value matters.

ME202 Machinery & Equipment Valuation Methodology
The objective of this course is to explore in depth the ideas introduced  in ME201 and provide students with a better understanding of the types of value commonly used in the appraisal of machinery and equipment. ME202 will address issues of price vs value, use of and development of indexes, fair market value in use and much more!

BV202 Introduction to Business Valuation -
Part 2
The basic theory and application of the income approach and its various methodologies is presented. Basic capitalization models and discounting models are shown in the context of earnings and cash flow measurements, as well as equity and invested capital assignments. 
BV203 Business Valuation Case Study
This is a capstone course which applies the theory learned in BV201 and 202 in an actual valuation case study. The subject company is analyzed in a group format. Lecture is only used to present each section of the case study.

ARM202 Real Property Appraisal Review & Management
Participants will learn key concepts in appraisal review and management, understand the differences between meaningful critiques and caustic attacks and learn review and management communication skills and much more!

BV301 Exam Only
This option is exclusively available to students who have previously completed the BV301 course and want to complete the exam. Students will be allowed to attend Saturday afternoon's review which will begin at 3:30 p.m. and the exam will be given on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

With Great Sadness

Martha M. Banks

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Martha M. Banks, 61, died at home on Wednesday. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael J. Banks. Martha was a five-year breast cancer survivor.

Born in Scranton, on Aug. 23, 1949, daughter of the late Robert J. and Martha Ferber McGregor, she was a 1967 graduate of Abington Heights High School. During high school, she excelled in gymnastics and field hockey and was a repeat diving champion on the YWCA swim team. She was a 1971 graduate of Ithaca College, where after competing in national and international diving competitions, she capped a distinguished athletic career by becoming New York state collegiate women's diving champion of 1971. Martha co-founded the Jewelry Room in Clarks Summit in 1976 with Michael J. Banks and operated it with him until his death in 2007. She then continued the business with the assistance of her stepson, David Banks.

The Jewelry Room was founded to specialize in fine gold and silver jewelry, genuine stones and antique/estate jewelry, with a strong emphasis on personal service. Martha continued her jewelry studies with classes and seminars at specialized educators in the jewelry trade, among them the Gemological Institute of America and Stewart's International School for Jewelers. She also attended mineral and gem shows throughout the United States and summer jewelry conferences. New York City's trade jewelry neighborhoods and high-end stores provided her with a continual learning experience for 35 years.

Martha also was a jewelry educator, sharing her enthusiasm and expertise by speaking at clubs and meetings.

She died peacefully, surrounded by her family. The family deeply appreciates the compassionate care provided by Hospice of the Sacred Heart and by our devoted home caregivers.

She is survived by two sisters, Heather McGregor, New York; and Anne M. Fries and husband, Richard, Michigan; a brother, Robert R. and wife, Virginia D., Scranton; four nieces, Grace, Margaret, Virginia E. and Mary Martha McGregor; four nephews, Timothy and Daniel Fries and Robert S. and William McGregor; four stepchildren, Kimberly B. Gahl and husband, Peter, California; Michael Banks and wife, Jennifer, California; David Banks and wife, Kimberly, Lake Winola; and Jason Banks and fiancée, Vanessa, California; and seven stepgrandchildren, Hannah, Maxwell, Brittany, Molly and Mia Banks and Lily and Peter Gahl.

The family will receive friends at the family home, 511 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit, today from 4 to 6 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., South Abington Twp., PA 18411; or First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St., Clarks Summit, PA 18411.

Arrangements by the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Online condolences may be sent to
Published in Scranton Times from March 18 to March 19, 2011
Share your memories, express your condolences and add photos in the Guest Book for Martha M. Banks.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Edward Lewand to Speak

Washington D.C.
GIA Alumni Chapter
invites you to join us....
 Antique and Estate Jewelry
Understanding Buying and Selling
Mr. Edward Lewand
Mr. Edward Lewand is a recognized authority in the area of jewelry appraisal and consultation, a renown achieved through an extensive background of both training and experience.  Mr. Lewand attained his Graduate Gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in 1979 and has since embarked on a career in the industry spanning more than 30 years.  His credentials include work as an appraiser, educator, consultant, gemstone and estate buyer, and expert witness.  He is an Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), a Certified Appraiser with the Appraisers Association of America (AAA), and a licensed insurance broker in New York State.  Mr. Lewand has lectured and taught on jewelry and appraisal at organizations including universities, trade groups, appraisal associations, and insurance companies.  He presently offers independent appraisal and consultation services for private and trade clients and serves as Director of the Antique Jewelry and Art Conference (“Jewelry Camp”).
Mr. Lewand’s presentation will explore the information and competencies required for success both in buying and in selling antique and estate jewelry.  As regards buying, the discussion will progress from the micro, i.e., identifying and authenticating period pieces through details in workmanship, to the macro, i.e., determining appropriate prices to pay in light of broader market and economic considerations.  With respect to selling, the focus will center on developing a successful business model, which again will incorporate micro and macro insofar as relates to pricing and marketing. 
Please remember to bring your completed DCGIA 2011 information and application form and the yearly meeting fee of $55.00, if you have not already submitted the foregoing.
  Wednesday, April 20, 2011
  7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  Free - to DC Chapter Members
     DC Chapter Members who have paid their 2011 annual meeting fees
  $10.00 - all other attendees and guests
  1900 Ft. Meyers Dr.
  Arlington, VA 22209
  (703) 807-2000
  *Located at the Virginia end of the Key Bridge
Added Celebration at this event!!!!!! 
Please come out and help us celebrate GIA’s 80th Anniversary, and our 27th year as an Alumni Chapter. We will have a cake and there will be party decorations etc. and maybe a special guest. We will also have on display 27 years of our DC GIA Alumni Chapter history. This will be a no-miss meeting. Please plan to attend the celebration.
Next Chapter Meeting:  May 4 - Joyce Jonas (American Heiresses)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Rago Auctions
Anthony Barnes
Rago Arts and Auction Center

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Three Additional Lectures & Seminars

Paula Bixel
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 

Michael Goldstein
Antique Diamonds 101
Participants will have a hands on experience working with antique diamonds and jewelry.  Emphasis will be on the methodology for measuring and grading antique stones that are mounted. There will be an overview of the market for antique diamonds as well as tips for pricing them.  Everyone attending must have a leverage gauge and calculator.

Elizabeth Irvine Bray
Paul Flato: Jeweler to the Stars
Elizabeth Irvine Bray will speak about her book Paul Flato:Jeweler to the Stars. This beautifully illustrated book celebrates the work of Hollywood's first celebrity jeweler and features stunning examples of the jewels as well as the stars, socialites, and heiresses who wore them.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Jewelry Camp: ASA Courses

Jewelry Camp: ASA Courses: "Last Chance to Register for March! Mar 17-20 | Bethesda, MDEarn up to 27 CPE Credits Start or continue your appraisal training with the ..."

ASA Courses

Last Chance to Register for March!

Mar 17-20 | Bethesda, MD
Earn up to 27 CPE Credits

Start or continue your appraisal training with the American Society of Appraisers. ASA is recognized throughout the world for excellence in appraisal education. Our knowledgeable instructors have met superior academic standards and have proven track records and real-world practice. Whether a novice practitioner or a seasoned appraiser, ASA's training will increase your expertise and your profession.

Introduction to Business Valuation Part 1 (BV201)
BV201 will introduce the novice practitioner to the three basic approaches to valuation. The valuation process as outlined in Revenue Ruling 59-60 will be the focus of the course, including instruction on how to do company, industry and economic and financial analysis.

MTS: Advanced Topics & Report Writing (ME204)
The objective of ME204 is to apply all the knowledge gained in the previous courses to the valuing of facilities and the completion of a professional appraisal report. A few topics to be discussed include lease structures, true/tax and leverage leases and conditional sales agreements.

National Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (SE100)
Mar 18-19
The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the recognized standards governing professional appraisals. This is the 15-hour National USPAP course approved by the Appraisal Standards Board of the Appraisal Foundation. Students are provided a current USPAP manual and book at the course site.

Two Great Auctions Coming Up At Rago Arts

If you would like a complete list of items contact me at jewelrycamp@me. com and I will forward .pdf file.


D i s c o v e r y A u c t i o n
Friday, April 8, 2011 9:00 am
J E W E L RY / SILVER A u c t i o n
Sunday, April 10, 2011 noon
20th c. MODERN
19th/20TH C. FINE ART
Sports memorabilia
art glass and LALIQUE

All lots pictured in color online at
Absentee and phone bids gladly accepted.
Online bidding through
April 2–6 • 12 noon to 5 pm • Open until 7 pm on April 7 • Door open April 8 at 7;30 am, April 9/10 at 9 am
333 North Main Street and 204 North Union Street Annex
333 North Main Street • Lam bertvill e, NJ 08530 • ragoa • info@ragoa • t: 609.397.9374 • f: 609.397.9377

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Three New Breakout Sessions

Three new breakout sessions posted on the website today!  

JewelryCamp 2011, Tarrytown 15-17 July
Donna Bilak

(Main Room Lecture)
Flora Bejeweled: Horticulture, Jewelry and the Victorian Language of Flowers

The 19th century marked a great age of horticultural interest within Victorian society, through botanical expeditions that brought plants from all over the British empire, to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew where they were they were studied and admired by the public and professionals alike, and via nurseries that sold cultivars for display in the Victorian home. During this time, floral jewelry enjoyed immense popularity in England. Significantly, it was connected to a highly sophisticated language of flowers whereby sentiments were expressed through floral arrangements – thus, floral jewelry was given and worn as tokens of love and friendship. This talk explores the fascinating relationship between botany, fashion and etiquette and their influence on 19th-century floral jewelry design in England, which transformed the expression of human emotion into jeweled bouquets.

(Breakout Session)
Western European Jewelry Design, 1800-1900
This seminar presents an overview of artistic styles, discoveries and technological advances that both influenced and characterized jewelry production in 19th-century Europe. Within this framework, we will examine Neoclassical, Victorian and Second French Empire styles, as well as Arts and Crafts, Wiener Werkstätte, and Art Nouveau.

Lisa Stockhammer-Mial

(Breakout Session)
Wishful Thinking? A Guide to Identifying Authentic Period vs. Reproduction

A detailed photographic journey exploring some of the major clues and
identifiers with the aim of discerning authentic period jewelry from modern
copies or revival styles. Covers Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and the Art
Deco periods. Compares through digital photography actual examples of period
jewelry with modern copies and revivals. Relevant for today's buyer, all are
taken from today's diverse marketplace. 

Carolyn Jacoby

(Breakout Session)
The Remarkable World of Paspaley Perliculture

 Experience the remarkable world of Paspaley perliculture and the development of the finest and most beautiful pearl in the world.  Learn the criteria used to assess and evaluate the physical and quality characteristics that determine the beauty and value of South Sea cultured pearls.  Prepare to be swept away in wonder!

This is just the beginning!  I will be posting many more topics that will be covered this summer at Jewelry Camp!  If you have not already subscribed to our blog, please do so and visit the website regularly for up to the minute information.

To Register please call Sandy at 631-471-1922 or 631-377-9766

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Jewelry Camp Summer 2011

 This year’s Jewelry Camp’s Program/Manual is being expanded to include the speaker’s notes and handouts, articles, stories, reference charts and tables related to the Jewelry industry. It will also include color advertising for people buying and selling Antique and Estate jewelry and related tools.

Also included in the Jewelry Camp Program will be:

All Speaker Bio’s and Contact Information

A roster of Attendee’s, names, email addresses (with approval)

Contact information for Jewelry, Appraisal and related societies and organizations.

We are also including a separate “Dealer Night” section.

Per request there will also be pages left blank for note taking.

Each attendee will receive a program, speakers and advertisers will receive multiple copies for distribution. Copies are also available for sale

Advertising to include black and white classified ads for buying, selling and services. Starting at $7.50 per line to $125.00 for a business card.

Color ads are full, half and quarter pages.

Back Cover, Sold.  The back inside and front inside covers are still available.
Rates by request, please call Sandy 631 – 471-1922 or