JTV is proud to present our distinguished panel of experts. With decades of diverse experience in the jewelry, jewelry making, and gemstone markets, our experts are uniquely qualified as well-respected leaders in their industry. Take a few moments to get to know them better.
When people ask me, “Why is your art-business called ‘Amee Runs with Scissors?’’ I usually just laugh and say that it sounds a whole lot sexier than “Amee Eats Paste.” In truth, it has more to do with my creative process than I can usually articulate in a five-minute conversation without sounding like I might need a jacket that ties in the back. You see, in my day-to-day reality, I am actually a bit of a rule-follower… a box-checking, i-dotting, t-crossing, ultra-responsible kind of girl. My creative spirit, however, seems to be about as predictable as a sugared up six-year-old. I know this because when I am truly immersed in something really creative, coming up with something wholly new, I become aware of strange, inexplicable sensation of surreptitiousness… an “almost-guilt…” like I’m getting away with something sort of mischievous and I might – at any moment – be… caught! Doing what, you ask? I have no idea.
But I have come to trust this feeling – to listen to this wild-eyed, slightly-manic inner-child who might whisper something as wacky as, “I wonder would happen if I mix Tang and chocolate milk,” because she’s just as likely to say, “Hey! Let’s put some Ultra-suede in the Sizzix machine!”
I work out of my home in New Hampshire making one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable-art textile-jewelry. I teach private and group classes and my technique, Soutache-and-Bead Embroidery involves hand-stitching yards and yards of soutache braid and hundreds of tiny beads.Shop Jewel School
Andrew Fellows, F.G.A. (Fellow of the Gemmological Association) is the Gemmology and Diamond tutor for Gem-A. An honors graduate of the University of Central England in Birmingham with a B.A. in Economics, he began his professional career in 1992 in production and specification control at G&A Manufacturing, Ltd, the UK’s largest manufacturer of jewellery. In 2004 he joined Marlows Certified Diamonds, one of the UK’s leading certified diamond specialists, as an in-house gemologist and diamond grader as well as retail jeweller and acting IT manager. Andrew joined Gem-A in 2011 and travels extensively for Gem-A.
Anie's passion for perfection grew since her early teens as a bench jeweler for her father's renowned business. Having to combine work with homework, she constantly searched for quicker, better and safer ways to get excellent results. Anie's philosophy eventually led to the development of the most innovative polishing and finishing system: The JOOLTOOL®.
The JOOLTOOL® uses its own patented see-through disks to make polishing and finishing easy, fast and safe. Partnering with abrasive giant 3M, the JOOLTOOL® achieves oustanding quality finishes that would satisfy the most discerning jewelry experts. In fact, world famous designers consult with Anie for manufacturing ultra-high-end jewelry lines. Their best kept secret, the JOOLTOOL®, is now available for all artists to enjoy.Shop the JOOLTOOL® Collection
You can say that Anne Bever was raised with a turquoise heart. She was born in the heart of Turquoise country, Phoenix, and was influenced by the people who first celebrated turquoise. Anne’s father was the first non- Native American ever allowed to dance in a Comanche ceremony. Anne's father was an architect and connoisseur of anthropology; he raised his daughter to have the appreciation of the same knowledge and crafts. Anne fell in love with turquoise the moment she was given her first piece of jewelry at age 3. A Navajo cuff with five pieces of Sleeping Beauty turquoise artfully set by a native hand. In downtown Phoenix, the Hopi and Navajo artists would sell their goods to the passers-by from hand weaved blankets on the ground. Many of those artists now have galleries in Old Town Scottsdale and permanent exhibits at the Heard Museum. During this time, Anne’s house was opened for the invited Hopi artists, Apache dancers and Navajo weavers to stay during their museum exhibits and fairs.
Exposure to the rich cultures and fine arts of America’s Natives, gave her a profound love and appreciation for these artists, their culture and their crafts. These cultural connections lent her the opportunity to learn how to ride horseback from the Navajo at Canyon De Chelly, in northeastern Arizona, and herd sheep during the summers on a ranch in Texas. All the while, her mind was chasing her own desires and designs to adorn her life with turquoise jewelry from her roots and adopted heritage. Remembering her 16th birthday, she was given her mother’s engagement ring – a Zuni-inlayed turquoise heart - after which, she stated with joy “Some girls get a car – but I got my mom’s turquoise heart.” Anne was indeed raised with a Turquoise heart.
Anne came to jewelry design via ceramics. A studio potter for 25 years, she started making porcelain beads and pendants in 2005 and has been making beads and designing jewelry ever since.
A need to showcase her beads and pendants in finished pieces inspired her to use kumihimo braiding in her pieces. The interplay between the soft textiles in the braids and the hard surface of the clay created a juxtaposition that she finds appealing.
Anne began teaching kumihimo in 2007 and realized that the answers to many questions from her students were unavailable in print form. This lead to the book Braiding for Beaders which has quickly become the definitive book for jewelry designers who want to use braids. It is a “how to” book for jewelry designers who are interested in learning how to incorporate braids into jewelry designs.
In 2011 she has been working on 2 new booklets for the BeadSmith, one about kumihimo and the other about working with anodized aluminum as well as consulting with them about products and projects specific to kumihimo.Shop Jewel School
Antoinette Matlins, P.G., is an internationally respected gem and jewelry expert, author and lecturer. Recently honored with the international Accredited Gemologist Association’s highest award for Excellence in Gemology, Ms. Matlins is the author of many books that are widely used throughout the world by consumers and professionals in the gem and jewelry field.
Former Gemology Editor of National Jeweler magazine for almost a decade, her articles and comments on buying and selling gems and jewelry, and on gem investment, have appeared in many national and international consumer and trade publications. She is also the author of the “Gemstones” chapter in the Encyclopedia of Investments.
Ms. Matlins has gained wide recognition as a dedicated consumer advocate. She has spearheaded the Accredited Gemologists Association’s nationwide campaign against gemstone investment telemarketing scams. A popular media guest, she has been seen on ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN, educating consumers about gems and jewelry and exposing fraud.Shop Pearl Jewelry
Bryan began collecting minerals while growing up in Michigan. Later, at the Colorado School of Mines as a Geological Engineering student, Bryan honed his collecting skills by organizing mineral specimen mining ventures. In 1985, he and his wife Kathryn, founded Collector’s Edge Minerals, Inc. and embarked upon a life-long quest to explore for exotic and beautiful mineral specimens.
Bryan has explored for minerals on 5 continents encompassing 50 mining exploration projects during the past 30 years. His company has won awards for the preservation and conservation of mineral treasures; most notably the Carnegie Mineralogical Award and the Colorado School of Mines Medal. The company’s mineral discoveries are exhibited at mineral museums and mineral shows throughout the United States, Europe and most recently, China. Many are exhibited in the company’s showroom in Golden, Colorado.
Bryan is an accomplished author publishing mineral specimen articles for more than a dozen mineral magazines world-wide. He sits on the advisory boards of two Colorado museums and worked with State legislators on the project to create Colorado’s official State mineral: Rhodochrosite.
Candie Cooper is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining unique materials and color combinations inspired by extensive travel and her years living in China. Candie is the author of Necklace-ology (Lark Books 2012), Metalworking 101 for Beaders (Lark Books 2009), Felted Jewelry (Lark Books 2007), and Designer Needle Felting (Lark Books 2007). Candie is the host for the Public Television series “Hands On” and has appeared on “Beads, Baubles and Jewels.” She also teaches creative workshops nationally for adults and children. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Art Education and Fine Arts from Purdue University.Shop Jewel School
At the age of 17, Charles was brought into the jewelry industry via the family business. He developed a keen eye for quality and style and thought about how nice it would be if all women could afford to wear elegant creations of fine jewelry. Charles Winston then formed his own jewelry manufacturing company creating fabulous jewelry utilizing sterling silver or gold. He incorporated cubic zirconia in lieu of diamonds and used lab-created (synthetic) gemstones rather than their natural counterparts. After the success of his CZ jewelry collection, Charles recognized the need for a line of jewelry that was a step up from CZ yet still affordable. He solved that problem by partnering with Jewelry Television®, one of the nation’s premier Moissanite retailers, and creating the Moissanite Fire™ Collection.
Charles Winston is internationally recognized as a leading jewelry designer of diamond jewelry, Moissanite® jewelry and CZ jewelry. His focus on cutting edge design, high quality and value has been the key to his success. He can be seen on television shopping networks worldwide.Shop Moissanite Fire Jewelry
After gaining 20 years of experience in the home shopping field, Christiane Ross joined the Jewel School team as Product and Brand Coordinator. She is a GIA certified AJP (Accredited Jewelry Professional), a Senior Level Certified Art Clay Instructor and a degreed video production specialist.
Christiane's passion revolves around her many hobbies. She is an accomplished seamstress and jewelry maker. She also enjoys beading, wire-wrapping and chainmaille. “I am continually delighted to learn from every expert I meet through Jewel School!"Shop Jewel School
A Graduate Gemologist, Christopher acts as a customer advocate by inspecting and testing gemstones as they come into Jewelry Television to ensure they are exactly what our customers expect. He is an avid collector of antique jewelry, gemstones and mineral specimens. Employed at Jewelry Television since 2006, Christopher spends much of his time immersed in the fascinating world of gemstones and mineral specimens.
Christopher’s passion for collecting valuables and precious stones began when he was shopping at a retired jeweler’s garage sale and he purchased a parcel of colored gemstones and a “lump of metal” that turned out to be GOLD! From that moment forward, the treasure hunt was on! But occasionally, he does become a commodities trader as he keeps an ever-watchful eye on precious metal prices. Unfortunately for his wallet, though, most of the treasures he acquires are never resold as they simply get added to his ever-growing collections. Christopher especially enjoys collecting vintage pocket watches and Mexican antique silver jewelry.
He attended the University of Tennessee, majoring in Business Administration. He has volunteered his time with a local gemological society. Christopher is always excited to attend major gemstone trade shows and is always on the look-out for the next great gem to bring JTV customers. Working closely with our vendors, Christopher has built a business rapport with them that allows for an easy trust and mutually beneficial working relationship. His favorite gem? Without a doubt, OPAL!
Cindy was raised in Boulder, Colorado and Christchurch, New Zealand. Daughter of a scientist and inventor, Cindy has always been an entrepreneur and curious about how things worked. Trained as a goldsmith and holding a degree in business marketing, she established her own line of silver and gold jewelry and ran a factory in the Philippines for three years designing and marketing her own line.
Always an innovator, Cindy knew the potential of selling jewelry online but needed an affordable way to photograph her pieces without spending a fortune to hire a professional photographer. Frustrated by hot spots, shadows and inconsistent lighting, Cindy developed the Cloud Dome for her own use and has shared it with artists worldwide. The Cloud Dome is the perfect accessory for any photographer of any skill level aiming to achieve the highest quality digital photographs.Shop Jewel School
Dale "Cougar" Armstrong is a diehard rockhound, lapidary, and a full-time wire jewelry artist, instructor and author, with a background in cloisonné and repoussé prior to making wire jewelry. With more than 35 years of combined experience, Dale uses absolutely no solder or glue in her classic wire jewelry designs, and teaches how at national jewelry making events across the country. Author of the bestselling book, "Wirework: An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Wire Wrapping", she has also made several different series of instructional DVDs and has taught on national television. Dale works with nationally known jewelry supply companies and she is a member of the Beadalon Design Team. Her award winning work has appeared in many printed publications and is sold in galleries and gift shops. Dale's working studio 'Cougars Creations' is located in southeast Tennessee.
“Every person has the right to feel empowered and look fantastic.” is the motto of Emmy® Award-winning Stylist and Best-Selling Author David Zyla. David’s passion is helping people discover and embrace the most authentic, very best versions of themselves, using color as the foundation.
David and his unique approach to style and color have been featured in a variety of media. As a stylist, he has collaborated with some of the most recognizable faces of contemporary culture. He shared his theory and helped thousands find their authentic style with the release of his best-selling books The Color of Style (Dutton) and Color Your Style (Plume).
David attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and often serves as a guest lecturer at major design institutions, museums, and schools. He lives in New York City and travels extensively throughout the United States and Europe speaking about his theory and consulting to private clients.
Elian Schlesinger has spent more than half his life involved in every aspect of the jewelry business. Born the second of two children in Tel Aviv, Israel. Elian Worked in South Africa along side a famous diamond mine and diamond cutting center. He moved to the states to start his own jewelry business where he developed lightweight durable jewelry product. Elian currently resides in Westchester, NY. The appeal of timeless, high quality Italian jewelry at affordable prices is what separates Moda al Massimo Collection from other offerings on competing channels.
Federico Terenzoni was born in Arezzo, Italy. Later he studied communications in Siena, a beautiful medieval town between Florence and Arezzo. The town has always been an inspiration to Federico. After living in the United Kingdom, Brazil and the United States, he returned to Italy to develop a line of jewelry along with designers and artisans who are the heart and soul of Splendido Oro. Meaning glittering or shimmering in Italian, Splendido Oro is a line of handcrafted Italian gold, all designed in Tuscany, Italy.
Federico’s motto is: "If it is not comfortable, it is not modern: but beside comfort it is about women feeling good and when they feel good, they look good; so Splendido wishes to be tuned to what they need and what they would love to have. This is what makes the product different and emotional: emotions are very important for Splendido."
Federico is married with two children. He loves spending time with his family traveling around the Tuscan hills surrounding themselves with nature.
Gail DeLuca grew up in Chicago, IL where she earned her Bachelor of Arts, and has lived in California, Texas, Virginia and Maryland before landing in East Tennessee in 1998. Gail opened a bead shop, White Fox Beads, in 2006 and has never looked back. Gail's favorite mediums to work with are seed beads and metal clay. She holds certifications in both Art Clay and PMC and is a founding member of the East Tennessee Chapter of the PMC Guild and a juried member of the Foothills Craft Guild. She is also a member of the Blount County Arts and Crafts Guild, the Embroidery Guild of America and the Knoxville Gem and Mineral Society. She teaches classes as her schedule permits and has a personal quest to bring new techniques to her students and customers.Shop Jewel School
George Williams began his love of gemstones when his family moved from Kingston, Jamaica to Australia just after he graduated from high school. The family had barely settled in Canberra when he took off for Sydney to buy opals. Just by chance he met an older, established miner with a mine at the famed Lightning Ridge. That began the daring young man’s affair with opals! He eventually took over the mine, his first but not the last. By the age of 21, George Williams says he had bought and sold over a million dollars worth of opals!
Born in southern Mississippi, George Williams has spent much of his life outside the United States, working in the gem trade. And, oh, what a life it has been! Fluent in Portuguese, he has lived on three continents and was the on-site owner of an emerald mine in Brazil with 50 miners and six cutters. Today, George works out of our BBJ offices in Bangkok, Thailand after spending two years at JTV’s Knoxville headquarters. Passionate about traveling into the bush or to the source, George Williams has many fascinating stories about his life long journey romancing gemstones.
Ghitee moved to the United States in 1987 to learn the craft of making jewelry. After working for a silver jewelry manufacturer for 26 years, her passion for designing jewelry was calling and she began to create jewelry inspired by her love of Mexico and the American Southwest. Ghitee loves to travel the world, gathering new ideas and inspirations to infuse into her jewelry collection. She loves to incorporate her love of silver and gemstones by fashioning them into unique jewelry items that women love to wear everyday. From homeland to heartfelt, Ghitee is passionate in creating this collection that speaks to individual style and adds a colorful fashion sense to any wardrobe.
Dr Jack Ogden, a leading expert on jewelry history and a jewelry industry consultant and analyst. Until July 2012 he was chief executive of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem–A) and devised and wrote the GemBasics introductory gemology course now offered through JTV. He now works for Gem-A part time in an editorial and ambassadorial role. He is a member of the fourth generation of a well-known British jewelry business, but after a brief period with his family older jewelry prevailed and he entered the consulting field, working with museums, auction houses, dealers, and collectors worldwide primarily on problems of authenticity of historical jewelry. He has written and lectured widely on ancient and historic jewelry and taught courses at The J. Paul Getty Museum, Smithsonian Institution, NYU Institute of Fine Arts, and Institute of Archaeology (London). His 1982 book Jewellery of the Ancient World remains the standard work on early jewelry technology. An elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London , he has a doctorate from Durham University (Egyptology), the Gem–A Gemmology Diploma (with distinction) and the Diploma in Art Profession Law and Ethics (with distinction) from the Institute of Art Law. He was secretary general to CIBJO (The World Jewellery Confederation, 1995—2000).
Jackie Truty left a career as a surgical nurse to become a true Renaissance artisan. She has studied for years to acquire extensive knowledge and background in a myriad of mediums including fused, dichroic, slumped glass, wire art, and lapidary arts in addition to being one of the premier Metal Clay experts and instructors in the world today! As a certified Master instructor, GIA Graduate Gemologist and CEO of Art Clay World, USA; Jackie has shared her knowledge throughout the world in classes, a DVD, magazines, and books.
A third generation gem dealer, Jaimeen Shah's career in the gem industry began before his birth when his grandfather moved to Mombasa, Kenya, roughly 60 years ago and started their family-owned company by sourcing and exporting tsavorite rough material. The company later grew to dealing in many other African gems, including tsavorite, tanzanite, rhodolite, among others. Family members moved to Tanzania in the early 2000's to expand the business after export conditions became more favorable and the company quickly became one of the largest suppliers of rough Tanzanian gem material in the world. The company grew further to add a cutting facility in Jaipur, India, overseen by Jaimeen's parents, which is where Jaimeen's first stint in the family business began at the age of 16. After spending summer and winter breaks at the cutting facility, Jaimeen moved to the heart of the tanzanite market, Arusha, Tanzania, after graduating from college. There, he spent another 2 years learning another major aspect of the business from his uncle - buying rough material. At the same time, he also worked alongside miners at a tsavorite/chrome tourmaline mine that his family co-owned. Once fully trained in all aspects of the business, Jaimeen moved to New York, not only becoming the first family salesperson but helping to oversee all aspects of the sales operations. Today, the family-owned business maintains a buying office in Arusha, a cutting facility in Jaipur and a sales office the U.S., allowing retailers such as JTV to know the gems we purchase from Jaimeen's company are sourced directly from the mines and miners in Africa, then processed and cut by Jaimeen's company, ensuring no piece of rough has left their possession once purchased!
In the almost 20 years in business there isn’t much Janyl hasn’t set or tried to set in her jewelry designs. Janyl’s imagination is endless and has been blessed to continue designing for the industry. This is why Janyl chose to create her designs with the silversmiths in Bali. She is able to use all these traditional Balinese techniques and incorporated gemstones into her distinctive contemporary and timeless designs. She continues to sketch and work with the smiths to create eye catching one of a kinds that every woman needs to add to their collection. Janyl always likes to design in full collections, so she likes to create earring, pendant, ring and bracelet in every gathering. She designs all silver collections with gemstones such as: topaz, quartz, moonstones, agates and drusy quartz. She loves to choose different types of cutting methods such as; polished, faceted, checkerboard, and fancy cuts. Janyl uses granulation and filigree techniques and which are all handcrafted by using master silversmiths to create authentic pieces of jewelry not commonly seen in jewelry stores. She enjoys working with the smiths to create new and different things that challenge her and the smiths to find solutions to create her exclusive jewelry.
Jay Boyle has been a gem dealer since January 1980, and in 1981 he became a GIA Graduate Gemologist in residence. He has extensive overseas buying experience, and has traveled to and purchased directly from many of the world's colored gem mining regions. These regions include Mogok, Burma, Cosquez and Muzo emerald mines in Columbia; sapphire mines in Sri Lanka and Kanchanaburi, Thailand; as well as the tanzanite and ruby mines in Tanzania. He began selling and marketing gemstones to several major home shopping networks in 1989. Jay is experienced in all types and qualities of gemstones from inexpensive to rare, one-of-a-kind gemstones as well as gemstone enhancements and identifying natural untreated gemstones. Jay is recognized globally as one of the world's expert colored gemstone buyers and has been frequently quoted in industry trade journals, radio and TV shows as a gemstone expert.
Born into a large Irish family in Essex in the United Kingdom, Jerilee Bonner is an experienced television home shopping presenter with a passion for gemstones and jewelry. With a background in media production, Jerilee has been a familiar face on UK television for almost five years, with appearances on various home shopping channels and networks. For the last 4.5 years, she has worked for a UK home shopping network dedicated exclusively to jewelry sales, which has allowed her to expand her love of jewelry into a genuine interest in colored gemstones. In fact, Jerilee joined the network because of the opportunity to work exclusively with jewelry.
Trained in Thailand and the UK Jerilee has worked alongside some of the world's leading gemologists, gem buyers, and lapidary experts. Having sold over 150 different gemstone varieties, Jerilee possesses an excellent understanding and appreciation of colored gemstones, along with the unique ability to express their diverse attributes as clear benefits to custom-ers.
Jerilee’s love of everything glittery is likely the driving force behind her excitement for the amazing gemstones she sees every day, but she also has another creative outlet: designing vintage-style stationary, art, aprons and home wares in her spare time. Jerilee sells her branded products at stores in London and the Netherlands under the brand, Bertha & Humphrey. Founded by Jerilee in 2008, Bertha & Humphrey was coined by combining her nick-name, ‘big’ Bertha, with the name of her beloved Shih Tzu, Humphrey.
Jill Wiseman lived a traditional, “8-to-5” corporate existence until a chance encounter with beads in 2001 changed everything. Her black and white world suddenly became full of color and texture, sparkle and shine, and things would never be the same. Before long, Jill couldn’t contain her beady joy another moment and had to share the world of beadweaving with others. She became a full-time beadweaving jewelry designer and teacher in 2004 and has had the pleasure of teaching at national bead shows like Bead&Button and Bead Fest ever since, as well as traveling to bead stores and bead societies for classes full of laughter and bead learning.
She is the author of Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes, and was honored to be chosen as one of Beadwork magazine’s ‘Designers of the Year’ for 2013.
Jill makes her home in Austin, Texas, with her mother, as well as two dogs and two cats who only occasionally eat the beads.Shop Jewel School
John Dyer, a master gem cutter, puts the spotlight on cutting stones with his explanations of gemstone "windows" or "fish-eyes", poor polish, crooked girdles, and facet "meetpoints" that don't actually meet!
He is known worldwide for his artistic ability and passion for precision. He has won 38 cutting awards since 2002 including 34 AGTA Cutting Edge Awards, taking a total of 9 first place prizes. Additionally, John is the only gem cutter who has swept all the awards in one category, which he did in both 2005 and 2007. These many awards firmly establish him as a leader in his field John travels widely to procure the finest gem rough. He then crafts it into unique gem creations that grace the wardrobes of the most discerning jewelry buyers and rare gemstone collectors.
Julianna Hudgins is a well-known International Spokesperson, TV personality, author and jewelry designer. Julianna is often referred to in the craft industry as the "Fire Behind the Wire" because she was one of the first artists to see the possibilities of wire as a craft trend and to develop products and projects to bring wire to the craft consumer. Julianna has made numerous appearances on National Television including HGTV, PBS, HSN, and QVC, and was elected by the Craft & Hobby Association to present the latest trends and wire working techniques at the Japan Hobby show in Tokyo. She has penned four insightful books on beading and wire working and was Owner of JewelCraft, an importing company of beads, crystals and jewelry findings. She is a GIA certified AJP (Accredited Jewelry Professional).
What inspires you: "I am most inspired by the sounds of the ocean. I love color and start most of my jewelry projects by falling in love with a bead, gemstone or pendant that catches my eye."
What is your greatest accomplishment as a jewelry designer: "I am most proud of helping to bring the Artistic Wire Brand to life within the Craft & Hobby Industry and inspiring people around the world to use wire in all of their creative endeavors."
What do you enjoy most about your work: "I truly enjoy inspiring and teaching people through out the world how to connect with their inner creative spirit."
What is your favorite jewelry making technique: "I truly love working on a Beading Loom and incorporating my passion for wire working in all of my jewelry pieces."Shop Jewel School
Kate Richbourg was raised on a small farm in Gilroy, California. As a child, she would spend hours stringing beads and creating her own jewelry. It was a phase she never quite outgrew. After completing college, while trying to get excited about the transition to a corporate career, Kate saw a want ad for a bead store and lost no time in applying. Soon she was teaching classes and writing articles that were published regularly in magazines. During this time she took a basic metalworking class at a local community college that opened her eyes to the possibilities of what metalworking had to offer the jewelry designer. She began teaching metalworking to the masses and never looked back.
Simply put, Kate Richbourg loves jewelry. She loves to teach it. She loves to make it. She loves to wear it. Teaching and designing jewelry since 1992, she teaches at national shows, bead societies and bead shops and is published in a variety of jewelry magazines and is the author of the popular blog “We Can Make That at Home." She has also appeared on several episodes of the DIY and HGTV network shows “DIY Jewelry” and “Craft Lab.” Kate’s first book Simple Soldering: A Beginner’s Guide to Jewelry Making releases Winter 2012 from Interweave Press.Shop Jewel School
Kathy Bradley was raised in North Alabama but has called Knoxville home since 1990. Ever since a 5th grade teacher told her she had "no artistic ability," she has been on a quest to prove her wrong. Kathy is always expanding her knowledge and has explored many different mediums to express herself. In 2008 Kathy began studying metalsmithing with precious metal, bronze and copper clays and has taken courses at six art institutions in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia. She often incorporates gemstones, lampworked beads and other glass beads into her designs. You can say that Kathy has proven that 5th grade teacher wrong after 30 plus years experience of fine craft media. Kathy shares her love of copper by teaching a course for the University of Tennessee's Non-Credit Program, classes at the Oak Ridge Art Center and in Knoxville at White Fox Bead Studio.Shop Jewel School
Katie Hacker has written or co-authored more than 20 books about beading and crafts, including Katie's Beading Secrets (Hot Off The Press 2009) and Bead & Wire Jewelry Exposed (F+W Pubs 2009). She also presents "Beading Lessons" on each episode of the public television show Beads, Baubles & Jewels, which has been on the air since 2004.
Katie contributes how-to beading projects to a variety of publications and is a columnist for Beadwork magazine. You will find her teaching classes at the Bead & Button Show, BeadFest, the Craft & Hobby Association tradeshows, and the annual Create Your Style with CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements Event in Tucson.
Favorite Beading Technique: Katie's favorite beading technique right now is taking traditional stitching techniques like right angle weave and figuring out how to do them with beading wire. Her favorite projects are the ones that look complicated but are actually easy to make.
What inspires Katie to make jewelry? Katie loves making jewelry because it is satisfying to be able to make something in an evening and wear it the next day. She enjoys showing people how simple it is to create their own fabulous accessories.
When not making jewelry... Katie enjoys spending time with her family, reading, crafting, taking pictures, traveling, hanging out with friends, keeping honeybees, and helping on the family farm."Shop Jewel School
Laura Gasparrini, M.A., is an artist, writer, educator, counselor and inventor. She has been teaching the art of beadwork for over 15 years and creating jewelry since childhood. The principle designer and owner of Om Tara™, Laura is the inventor of the Om Tara™ Crimping Pliers and the developer of Om Tara™'s line of precision beading tools.
Laura creates Inspired Adornment™ and Talismans for women that honor and express the unique spirit of the wearer. Each piece is designed to emanate beauty, purpose and personal empowerment and made by hand using age-old beading techniques and focused spiritual intention.Shop Jewel School
Leslie Rogalski is an artist, editor, teacher, and media personality with a passion for creating jewelry. She travels around the country spreading the joys of making jewelry. The former editor in chief of a national bead magazine, author of the blog Sleepless Beader and many You Tube videos, her designs and articles have been and continue to be widely published in books and magazines from all the jewelry industry leaders. She is widely recognized as the creator of her acclaimed DoodleBeads DVDs, as well as from Jewelry Television and the PBS TV series Beads, Baubles, and Jewels.Shop Jewel School
Mark has an extensive career in the pearl industry that spans over 20 years, both in the United States and Asia. Mark is a familiar face in the home shopping industry and he has been associated with the JTV family for 15+ years. As a matter of fact, Mark is Tommy Brown’s brother, one of our favorite JTV gemstone hosts.
Mark has an incredible passion for pearls and specializes in Keshi, Biwa and Baroque pearls. He also loves the exotics like Scallop pearls, Natural pearls of all colors, Rainbow-lipped oyster pearls and American pearls, to name a few. Mark has worked closely with pearl farmers in Ago Bay Japan, which is where Mikimoto cultured the first Akoya pearl. Mark’s passion for pearls is evident as he is always anxious to share his knowledge and enthusiasm, along with some amazing stories!
Mark has been developing and designing pearl jewelry for literally tens of thousands of pearl collections. Mark prides his education and 20+ years experience, which have given him an extensive knowledge of pearls. Allow Mark Brown to cultivate your interest in pearls as he shares his wisdom for pearls.
Mary Beth Aluise is a Graduate Gemologist, who has been doing appraisal work for Jewelry Television since 1997. Prior to working at JTV, Mary Beth worked as the appraiser for jewelry stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware to include Bailey, Banks and Biddle, Kay Jewelers, Zales and Gordon's, as well as a personal business. Mary Beth holds a B.S. in Earth and Space Science from Bloomsburg University and a Graduate Gemologist Diploma from the Gemological Institute of America(in residence). She is a member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. Mary Beth continues her education through attending seminars and conferences around the United States. She has attended the Tuscon Gem Show for the past 23 years. She networks with gem and jewelry industry leaders, and continues her research through reading market periodicals and the internet to remain current in the ever changing world of gemstones. Mary Beth lives in Atlantic City with her husband, Rod and son, Roddy.
Maureen Oliveto, known to her friends as Reenie, has for a long time been an avid crafter devoting her creative energies to countless artistic projects. In recent years, she has developed a strong passion for creating beaded jewelry, turning what was once a hobby into a full-fledged business. She loves designing her signature line of necklaces, bracelets, anklets, and earrings, but the creation she is most proud of is the Easy Knotter®.
I love the look of knotted jewelry, but it was very time consuming to complete one necklace and it wasn't very evenly spaced. I was looking for a better way to knot and that is how I came up with the Easy Knotter®. I love finding the best beads possible and creating my line of wearable art. The Easy Knotter® is also great for scrapbooking.
A little bit more about me: I am married with two children, my daytime job is at the Cornwall Public Library in Cornwall, New York as a bookkeeper. I also give classes in jewelry making and jewelry design.
A little bit about the Easy Knotter®: The Easy Knotter® has been marketed for about two years and the response is overwhelming. People love it and tell me it's the best tool yet. What's great about the Easy Knotter® is that you don't need a lot of beads to make a beautiful necklace. It is perfect for all of your leftover beads. The Easy Knotter® has been featured in several crafting publications.Shop Jewel School
Melody MacDuffee has been making jewelry for over 30 years and with her experience has authored four books, included her latest "Decorative Wire Findings." She teaches wirework classes across the United States and has traveled as far as Morocco and West Africa to teach her signature techniques.
Also the co-founder and Executive Director of Soul of Somanya, a fair trade non-profit organization, Melody teaches how to use jewelry making to provide jobs and increase self-sufficiency for at-risk youth in Ghana.Shop Jewel School
I started building my bead stash when I was just a little girl, and I found a way to turn my passion into my career. I rediscovered beading in early 2000, and continue to add sparkly, shiny beads to my collection. Recently, I’ve also discovered a love of paper crafts and Art Journaling. By day, I am the Assistant New Product Manager at Beadalon and Artistic Wire after working as a Sales Executive there for 7 years. At Beadalon, I’ve had the opportunity to travel around the country visiting shops and local shows. Now, I get to look for new trends in the industry and bring them into the Beadalon product mix. Dream job? Shyeah!
After hours, I get to play and practice and discover new ways to use my fantastic stash of beading supplies. I’ve taught all kinds of beading, demonstrated at the Beadalon booth at CHA, Bead & Button, in Tucson and at the BeadFest shows. In 2013, I got certified as a Ranger Instructor at Ranger U. I’m a pretty lucky, crafty gal having a lot of fun with it all!Shop Jewel School
Celebrity stylist, Michael O’Connor has become one of America’s leading voices on style, jewelry and accessories. He is the “go-to” resource for editors and producers seeking an informed source for current trends, celebrity style and how to get the look for less. His work includes styling top celebrities for award shows and premieres. He’s a fashion contributor for national TV and print media and has extensive experience designing jewelry and accessories for a number of brands.Shop Michael O'Connor for Bella Luce
Michelle Hatcher has been involved in the Lightning Ridge black opal industry since childhood, which has allowed her a unique perspective of all facets of the industry. She and her husband Daniel are second generation owners/directors of a family-owned black opal mining company in Lightning Ridge, Australia. Her company, an International Coloured Gemstone Association member, has one of the best-equipped mining operations in the region and uses the latest, most advanced equipment used for prospecting, digging and washing black opal. Michelle’s husband Daniel leads the extensive mining operations while Michelle processes and cuts each of the Lightning Ridge black opals sold by their company. Michelle is one of the most highly regarded black opal cutters in Lightning Ridge, a talent developed from her years of hands-on experience with these precious black opals. Michelle holds a gemologist degree from the Gemmological Association of Australia (G.A.A.), is registered with the National Council of Jewellry Valuers of Australia (N.C.J.V.), teaches opal cutting at the Institute of Tafe and is a board member on the Lightning Ridge Miners Association Opal Advisory Service.
While I have spent the largest part of my adult life as a police officer, I have also been involved in arts and crafts most of my life. First starting with a woodworking, eventually trying out cross stitching, beading and much more.
One technique eluded me however, and that technique was looming. Instead of taking the traditional route of taking lessons on "how to loom" or buying books or searching the internet, I thought "how tough could this be?" I first purchased a very inexpensive wire loom, followed the instructions and made my first project. I felt I must have been doing something wrong, because when my project was finished, I had all these threads hanging down on each end of my project. Surely this couldn't be right! I purchased a loom that was a bit more expensive, with the same result, all those threads! I must be a slow learner, because I then purchased a much more expensive loom and confidently began my first project on that beauty. When I waded through the set up and warping instructions, I knew that I was doomed, once again, to dealing with all those threads! I knew there had to be a better way.
I returned to one of first loves, woodworking, and stood staring at an oak board laying on my workbench all summer long trying to figure out to loom without all those warp threads hanging down at the end. One night as I lay sleeping about three o'clock in the morning, I sat straight up in bed - I knew what that "better way" was and how to do it. I jumped out of bed and quickly drew a sketch of how to loom without all threads being left over at the end. The next day, The Ricks Beading Loom was born.
Looming is now my passion, my favorite technique. Of course, I still do many projects using other off-loom techniques, but looming is so fast and easy now, using The Ricks Beading Loom. Without having to deal with all those threads at the end you can do many things that aren't possible with traditional looms.Shop Jewel School
Rehana Patel-Iannucci began her career in jewelry in 2002 as a jewelry designer and senior buyer for a large jewelry company. Her passion for jewelry and gemstones developed quickly, especially while working with well-known artists in the jewelry industry. Rehana now travels internationally attending trade shows and manufacturers and is always looking for new and innovative styles.Shop the Artisan Gem Collection of India
Born in Kalpi India, Raj started in the jewelry business in 1990. Raj began helping his brother part time in the management area, which included overseeing the trade show operations nationally as well as internationally.
As his interests grew, gemstones became more fascinating. Raj started to travel overseas to buy the rough material and design the jewelry. Now Raj is involved in the entire process selecting the gemstone rough to cutting and finally creating a unique piece of jewelry. As he likes to say "Nature created and we perfected".Shop the Artisan Gem Collection of India
Born and raised in Paris, one of Rotenier’s grandfathers designed lingerie, and his father and uncle owned their own firm designing and manufacturing custom fashion outerwear. Rémy received his bachelor’s degree in jewelry design from the French jeweler’s union BJO Formation and received a graduate degree in gemology from the National Institute of Gemology in Paris. In New York he received a certificate in diamond grading from the Gemological Institute of America.
As an intern at a high end jewelry shop in Paris, Rotenier learned classic jewelry rendering and design of jeweled objects d’art including clocks and desk accessories. In 1990 Rémy was hired by one of the most famous jewelry houses in New York as a staff designer. In 1994 he moved to Albuquerque as Design Director from 1994-2006 for a large jewelry manufacturer where he designed collections as well as all custom design orders. Rémy has developed his own lines of jewelry and creates custom designs for private clients even today. He regularly teaches jewelry design and rendering classes around the country, and has produced two educational DVDs which present his teaching methods in black and white design, and color rendering.
After receiving a quartz crystal as a gift from his father at a young age, Ronnie Molloy has been deeply interested in gems and geology. After studying business and marketing, Ronnie's first taste of the gemstone industry occurred when he began working for a small retail jewelry company. It soon became apparent to him that the finished jewelry itself was fascinating but the gemstones and their many different origins and stories were what truly intrigued him. After exhausting all the material at his disposal, Ronnie moved to South America to work alongside a very experienced gemstone buyer. From there, he moved to Governador Valadares, Brazil, a major gemstone hub, where he underwent schooling in sourcing, grading, sorting and identifying gemstones. He also learned to slice, pre-form and cut gemstones at that time. It was then that Ronnie had his first experience of gem hunting. Now a self-proclaimed English gemstone hunter, Ronnie has made many guest experiences on home shopping networks across the world, including Germany, Italy, the U.K., as well as in the U.S. When he isn't flying around the world hunting some of the rarest stones, Ronnie is based out of Thailand working with his company's gemstone rough and cutting facilities, and always keeping an eye out for new varieties that might spark a new gem hunt!
Stephan Reif is a Graduate Gemologist (GIA, Thailand) and has a degree in Business & Law from the University of Business and Economics in Vienna, Austria. He has worked within the gem industry for several years and his professional experience ranges from mining to faceting to the gemstone wholesale market. During his career, he has gained invaluable experience in gemstone mining at the Green Dragon Mine in Namibia, the biggest producer of gem quality Demantoid in the world, as well as the knowledge he has acquired about fine quality gem cutting in Thailand. Since 2009, Stephan Reif has headed Global Sales for FCD Ltd. and is responsible for marketing and distributing of Green Dragon Mine Demantoid. His achievements range from successfully introducing Demantoid to the booming Asian markets and positioning Green Dragon Mine Demantoid as a high quality natural gem-stone in Europe and the U.S.
Stephanie Eddy, a jewelry designer for more than 40 years, is involved in all aspects of bead and jewelry design and creation, from teaching to creating designer quality jewelry kits and tools, featuring "Steps by Steph" instructions.
She has experience working with a variety of medium, from glass fusing and blowing, stained glass, pottery, wire work, welding, fibers, watercolor, floral design, enameling and sculpture, as well as costume and set design. Stephanie branched out into wirework design in 2009 following the creation of her patented Lazee Daizee Viking Knit all-in-one tool. Her freeform wire design, "One Man's Pond Scum", won the 2009 Popular Vote Category In an Internet-wide wire sculpture competition.
Stephanie has taught at bead shows, stores and for bead societies across the U.S., as well as internationally at the Kobe Japan Art Show. Her beadwork has been displayed at the Tokyo Art Metropolitan Museum's Zen Exhibition; she is a featured artist in "The Art of Beading Stitches", among other publications; she has appeared in televised episodes of "Beads, Baubles & Jewels," and will represent Idaho in the upcoming Kalmbach publication "Beading Across America".Shop Jewel School
Steve’s passion for mineral specimens began at age 19, while studying physical geology at the University of Houston. Steve has had the privilege of presenting the world’s finest mineral treasures to collectors and museum curators around the globe. He’s also a published author and had a lead role in the creation of the “Mineral Treasures of the World” exhibit at the Geological Museum of China in 2010.
Susan Elisabeth Thomas began designing and selling jewelry when she was five. The curly-headed blonde went door-to-door with colorful yarn crocheted necklaces for sale. Encouraged by her success with her East Tennessee neighbors and driven by an optimistic spirit, Susan continued to design jewelry. She eventually discovered other mediums including brass, sterling silver and semi-precious gemstones to create her jewelry. Her current venture began with the idea that beautiful assembled jewelry should be affordable, easy to wear and well made from quality materials. Although her mediums have changed, Susan still creates each piece of jewelry with the same spirit of optimism that she did as a child…in hopes that it will find its way into your wardrobe and become one of your favorites!Shop Jewel School
Tony Malvagna is just a guy from Brooklyn, New York and is fortunate to travel around the world. He is a lifetime New Yorker and no matter where he goes, his heart will always remain somewhere between Brooklyn and Park Avenue. After graduating from St. Johns University with degrees in Marketing and Accounting, a curious sequence of events landed his first job in the jewelry industry. Working for a New York based company he traveled the road for ten years selling jewelry to major retailers. In fact, it was during this time on the road that he learned “the business”. He developed a keen understanding of merchandising, styling, and trends that enabled him to move on in 1994 and create The Park Avenue Collection. The Park Avenue Collection has been seen around the world and now is available on Jewelry Television. This is such a wonderful opportunity to offer this fantastic collection to all of Park Avenue loyal followers, and at the same time introduce it to the many, many fans of Jewelry Television.
Tony Thompson, Manager of the JTV Jewelry Shop, holds a diploma from GIA in Jewelry Design and Technology. Jewelry is a family business in a way for Tony. While he took the 26 week course on the GIA California campus, his twin brother completed GIA’s Graduate Gemologist program. They spent six months on the West Coast and returned home with diplomas and skills to advance their careers.
Tony studied CAD design software, product concept development, manufacturing techniques, rapid prototyping and developed metalworking skills he uses every day for Jewelry Television customers. He enjoys creating a one of a kind ring casting on demand, for example, to showcase a high quality gemstone purchase by a JTV customer.
As manager, he works with a dozen bench jewelers plus professional gem cutters. If you need a repair and send it to JTV, Tony will know about it and make sure it is just right before it leaves the building on its way back to you.
Toros Kejejian is a world-renowned master jeweler. From a young age, he was trained in this field by his grandfather and his father, starting out by sweeping the workshop floors for a summer and then moving on to watching his grandfather work before finally being allowed to try his own hand at silver. Struggling at first to see the difference between his own work and the caliber of work for which he would someday come to be known, Toros was prodded by his grandfather to accept nothing short of perfection, and over time, he became ultimately dedicated to his creative endeavors in such a way that he has developed into the type of artist for which the Kejejian family was known to produce in Lebanon.
Relocating to the United States during the Lebanon Civil War in 1985, Toros at first found a job in Los Angeles as a diamond setter. For two years he scrimped and saved, knowing what his goal was and confident that he would once again soon be in business for himself. In 1987, Toros launched TYCOON, the company for which he would become best known. Even early on, Toros was a young designer whose name carried a connotation of perfection. He was respected for his careful attention to detail and for the spectacular creativity of his designs, and now that technological advances have itself revolutionized the industry, this has only become truer.
A former paratrooper turned award-winning jewelry designer, Udi Behr is a native Israeli who lived through three wars determined to create things of beauty and promote peace. After learning his trade in the Tel Aviv diamond industry, Udi's fame as an original designer took off upon is arrival in New York City in 1983. Udi has won acclaim everywhere from high profile newspapers to magazines for hs iconic Love and Pride jewelry, including Designer of the Year honors from Luxury Magazine. His jewelry collections have been showcased in leading retail stores, boutiques and high end department stores. In 2011, Udi was also comissioned by a major TV network to design, create and market jewelry accessories from over 200 current and past TV shows.
With the help of her father, Sarkis, who is a master jeweler and designer himself, is exactly how Vanna started designing jewelry. She would always find herself sketching various designs and would ask her father to put them into production and create a piece just for her. Vanna was fortunate to bring the designs she envisioned along side her father who has over 45 years in the jewelry business.
Though jewelry design has been the family business for three generations, Papa never meant for his little girl to follow in his footsteps. “For you…great things” he often said, as young Vanna would peer over his shoulder at the platinum wonders unfolding under his pencil.
Papa got his way – or so he thought. While Vanna dutifully fulfilled his ambitions by excelling as a multi-lingual scholastic star, for Vanna, none of it extinguished her fierce, unremitting passion to sketch, imagine, and bring to life-sculpted precious metal in ways never before seen or worn.
Today the next generation of bridal and fashion design has arrived. Led by a member of the very age group her product will serve, Vanna K is entirely in sync with her customers' sensibilities, taste, and shared vision of timeless beauty.
Vanna K specializes in micro pave, which is a jewelry creation process involving the precise placement of small stones (diamonds in this case) over the entire work. This process results in incredible brilliance and fantastic shine unlike anything you have ever seen.
Vanna K has been seen in numerous fashion magazines, commercials and celebrities on and off the red carpet. Most recently Vanna was awarded the prestigious 2011 Jewelers’ Choice Award design for best earring design voted on by more than 12,000 jewelers.
With 30 years experience in the Jewelry Industry, Wyatt White is known as, Product Manager, Author, Jeweler, expert Pearl Stringer, Inventor of jewelry findings and most recently the Patent Pending Banding Pliers. Currently Product Manager and Education Director at Beadalon, working to make wire wrapping, wire techniques, stringing and manufacturing easier and more efficient for the novice and experienced user.Shop Jewel School
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