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”.