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.
Master Lapidary Alexander Kreis grew up surrounded by gems and jewelry. His father managed a cutting facility and his mother was a goldsmith and jewelry designer. So it's no surprise that Alexander, alongside his mother Sonja Kreis, has continued to carry on their family's more than 500 year tradition of gemstone and jewelry manufacturing in Germany. Alexander masterfully creates the perfect harmony between the beauty nature has given us with his own interpretation of that wonder. He allows the stone's character to speak to him and looks into the "soul" of each crystal. The end result is a masterfully cut gemstone worthy of any connoisseur's collection. The Kreis' designs have been highlighted at global trade shows and it was at the 2014 Tucson show that Jewelry Television first discovered their wearable works of gemstone art and design.
Amanda started mining & selling gemstones at the early age of 12 in Colorado, while going on prospecting trips with her father & cousin. Amanda has always had a passion for gemstones & remembers her first find being a bright red garnet. She was hooked & hasn’t stopped searching for gemstones since.
Her award-winning career is featured on the popular TV series Prospectors, which follows her many mining exploits throughout the Rocky Mountains. In a predominately male profession, Amanda stands her ground & can go head to head with any prospector in the field.
In 2012, Amanda lost her husband to leukemia & became the sole provider to her family of 7 by mining & selling gems. She is mentoring her daughter in hopes she will also have a passion for the gemstone world. Amanda has recently partnered with & married fellow miner, Travis. They now share this high altitude life together.
After two decades of living the prospecting lifestyle, she has gained a wealth of experience. She has landed several large discoveries thanks to her ability to read rocks & dirt like a book, knowing exactly where to start digging to unearth rare & beautiful gems!
Amit Bhansali's roots in the gemstone industry date back some 40 years when his family first became gemstone dealers in Jaipur, India, one of the world's colored gemstone hubs. Amit received his degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship in the U.S. and worked in investment banking after graduation but soon followed his passion for gems and jewelry. Having grown up surrounded by gemstones, it was almost inevitable where his career path would lead him. His family began their business buying emerald rough, cutting it into gorgeous gems and then selling the finished gems. Amit’s family-owned business is centered around some of the most exotic gems seen on several home shopping networks, including Tanzanite, Paraiba Tourmaline, Alexandrite and Ethiopian Opal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Barbara Carleton straddles the fence between the right and left brain; she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration majoring in Management Information Systems. She also creates inspired beaded jewelry designs. This blend of technology and artistic talent motivated her to create Jewelry Designer Manager, a software program designed for jewelry designers to help them cost, price and sell their jewelry.
With over twenty years of experience as a sytems analyst and software developer, Barbara has assisted corporations such as Corporate Software, CSX Technology and SAIC with application development, software/hardware implementation, troubleshooting, training and support. When the personal computer was a new and exciting concept, Barbara was configuring and installing microcomputer systems and software to integrate with minicomputers, mainframes and local area networks. As a software developer she focused on database applications using programs such as Paradox, dBase and Access.
This unique blend of core technology and artistic creativity places Barbara Carleton's abilities in a unique position within the jewelry industry, evidenced by the Jewelry Designer Manager software program, the culmination of many years of software development combined with a passion for jewelry design.
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.
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 Charles & Colvard, the sole source for the most beautifully created gemstone in the world, Moissanite®.
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.
Following the completion of his jewelry studies in 1979, Chris Sellors established his first jewelry boutique at the tender age of 19. Initially, Chris spent a lot of time at the bench working with gemstones and producing the jewelry. Over the years, he has worked hard to develop a team of designers and jewelers with expert metal and lapidary skills who are at the heart of a business that specializes in British gemstones. His family business has now grown to include two generations working within the company. He has grown the company to include multiple stores in Derbyshire, Shropshire and North Yorkshire Counties, each strategically located in picturesque market town locations that allow customers to experience relaxed and enjoyable shopping.
Chris' company is a member of the National Association of Goldsmiths and the British Jewelers Association.
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!"
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.
Claire Mitchell FGA DGA is a Gemmology and Diamond instructor for Gem-A (The Gemmological Association of Great Britain) whose headquarters are in London’s jewellery district of Hatton Garden.
Claire’s passion and enthusiasm for gemstones, minerals and teaching gemmology has taken her on a fulfilling journey. Starting her career in the UK jewellery trade in 1990 then joining Gem-A in 2004 as an instructor. During this time she has ventured to the gemstone mines of East Africa, Brazil and Madagascar. Claire has also taught gemmology lab classes and seminars at IJL (International Jewellery London). AGTA gem show Tucson and has written pieces for UK jewellery trade publications including Retail Jeweller and Jewellery Focus.
Clement Sabbagh is a second generation gemstone miner, cutter and wholesaler. Clement’s father and uncle began the family business in 1961. He lived in Israel for 3 years and specialized as an emerald cutter. He became a Graduate Gemologist in 1986 and graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1991.
He is the current director of International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) as well as current executive board member. He was the chairman of the ICA Congress in Rio, Brazil in 2011. He also serves as a member of the Brazilian Institute of Gems and Precious Metals. Clement was also the Director for the Gem and Jeweler Association of the State of Minas Gerais from 2000-2004 and was the ambassador for ICA in Brazil from 2003-2007. In 2005, he received an award from the International Colored Stones Association for outstanding services for the Colored Stone Industry. He organized the 2006-2007 Brazil Gem Show and is always a participant at the major international gem shows across the globe.
Craig Selimotic Danforth, Director of Global Business Development for GIA, spearheads the Institute’s relationships with gem and jewelry industry companies having interconnected worldwide operations. He collaborates with the Institute’s Education, Laboratory, and Instrument divisions to provide a holistic approach and integrated access to GIA’s entire suite of services. Likewise, he works in concert with the Institute’s locations around the world to offer focused touch points to heighten the client experience.
Danforth, an Accredited Jewelry Professional and Pearls graduate, has been with GIA since 2008. He has more than 20 years of experience in training, sales, marketing and finance and was formerly the Director of Training for Cartier North America, providing education for its retail and wholesale networks. Danforth earned a bachelor of arts degree in government and art history from Hamilton College in New York state, an MBA in international luxury brand management from École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) in France, and began his career in corporate finance and private banking in New York City before joining the jewelry industry.
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.
Eran’s family has been in the gemstone and jewelry business for years. In his home he grew up immersed in gemstone facts, mineralogy, and stories from the mines and markets of the world.
After graduating in gemology at GCI - Israeli Gemology Center at the Ramat Gan Diamond Exchange, he was off to India and China, then back to Europe and the USA. He has trained for years to be the current generation’s stone buyer. He travels the world searching, sorting and selecting both rough material and finished stones for the company and of course… brings back the stories with him.
Eran has many years of on-air experience with electronic retailing. He has appeared on gemstone and jewelry shows in Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany and the USA. He is currently writing for a television talk show in Israel and has enjoyed being a radio broadcaster.
Fabrizio Troilo received his Graduate Gemologist degree from the Istituto Gemmologico Italiano in Milano, Italy, and he has studied at the University of Turin in Italy for more than 12 years. Often on the go, Fabrizio works as a geologist on research projects in various countries and has published works about the gemstone mining efforts occurring there. To date, he has traveled to the gem-producing countries of Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Thailand, Switzerland and now Morocco. Fabrizio was honored to lead a team of Moroccan and Italian gemologists who studied the geology, mining and the internal and external features of the Moroccan amethyst. After their studies were completed, he and his team authored an in-depth article about the Moroccan amethyst, which was published in a major industry magazine in early 2015. Realizing how rare these unique inclusions were after viewing the first crystals, he spent 2 months testing and studying the crystals at length. Fabrizio’s resume includes working for rough gem dealers and owning his own gemstone company. In his “spare time”, Fabrizio guides field trips in the Swiss Alps.
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.
Fernando Dasilva is a designer whose work levitates around 3 elements: simplicity, texture and style. He is constantly looking for the inner beauty of anything in the world.
In 2005, Women’s Wear Daily highlighted Fernando as a designer to watch. He has contributed to several beading magazines and jewelry design inspirational books. His first book “Bead and Wire Jewelry Exposed” was co-authored with fellow Beadalon design team members Katie Hacker and Margot Potter.
His work can be seen at www.dasilvajewelry.com and tracked on his lifestyle blog www.daliciuus.blogspot.com.
Favorite Beading Technique: "All the basic techniques are my favorites. My design approach is not defined by my technique but by my innate gift of seeing beyond the obvious and my sense of color and style."
What inspires you to make jewelry? "My inspiration comes from the desire of support myself through my creations. Some days I get inspiration from my spirituality, some days from my culture, other days from my dreams and some days I have no inspiration whatsoever. Sometimes even when I don’t feel inspired and I have a request for a new design, I start manipulating components and something uniquely fresh comes, and then in those days I am just lucky."
When not making jewelry... "I am cleaning and rearranging my house, cooking, listening to music, reading pop magazines, catching a movie, visiting an art exhibition or daydreaming about [the] future."
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.
Geoffrey has over 12 years experience in retail sales and auctions of luxury jewelry, gemstones and fine art. He is a published author and has a passion for telling ‘the story’ behind each gem, leaving his clientele highly satisfied as well as enlightened about their legacy purchase. With a diploma in television broadcast, Geoffrey’s dynamic persona launched a highly successful career in the luxury travel and lifestyle industry. He has traveled to the Tanzanite mines in Africa and the Ammolite mining area in Canada. Geoffrey has an appreciation for beautiful works of art as well as those created by Mother Nature. He’s also a long-time sales and motivational speaker to luxury resorts and travel marketing organizations in the Caribbean. Geoffrey was born in Jamaica West Indies and grew up in Canada.
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.
Gwen explored a variety of creative outlets, from cake decorating to quilting to lampworking, until she discovered making jewelry with Wire, Metal and Fire. They inspire her creativity and fuel her passion for teaching.
Gwen is the inventor of the Riveting Essentials tools – a set of tools that makes riveting easy and nearly foolproof. As Gwen said recently: “These are the tools for riveting that I have been trying to find for years. In my own work, they let me handle riveting tasks that I always thought were too difficult. In the classroom, these tools have changed riveting for my students. The beginner student will be amazed at their instant riveting success. I love that “A-HA!” moment, when a student realizes how simple riveting can be with these tools!"
As an instructor, Gwen loves the interaction and camaraderie of the classroom. Her mission is to make metal working techniques accessible to everyone, so that students learn more than they expected, and have fun doing it. Students can expect Gwen to share her knowledge and creativity freely, with a dash of humor and lots of caring patience.
Gwen is privileged to share her talents with students in her own studio, Metal Art Lab in San Antonio, and studios across Texas. Also look for her classes at Bead Fest Santa Fe, Bead Fest Texas and Bead & Button (Milwaukee, WI).
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!
Jamie Terrell is enjoying her fifth season as featured headliner with the Titanic Museum Attractions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Branson, Missouri. Multi-talented actress, singer, dancer, public speaker and voice-over artist, Jamie is also one of the world’s leading Titanic historians & lead trainer to all the Titanic Museum Attraction crew members. In her recurring role as a Titanic First Class maid, and as Titanic hostess, guide and events performer, she has become a recognized “Titanic celebrity” in both communities.
Her love of performing led to leading roles in major theme park productions across America, notably, “Snow White” at (Disney World in Orlando, Florida) Working as an actress and model, her face has been featured in ads, promotion pieces and in a towering “blow-up” on the Times Square billboard in New York City.
Jamie’s unique talents have captivated audiences since she first appeared on stage at the age of 3 with her family’s touring music show. Growing up in Texas she became heavily involved in the Beauty Pageant circuit, acquiring over 400 titles on regional, state and national levels. She is currently a certified pageant judge in all 50 states.
Jamie speaks fluent Spanish and is a much sought after voice-over artist, public speaker and valued spokesperson for national Latino advertising campaigns. She lived in Quito, Ecuador for some time, where she taught classical ballet, English and theatre arts.
Jamie makes her home in Branson, Missouri. She’s a single, goal oriented achiever who has made it her business to know the Titanic story - and those of everybody on board - from beginning to end.
Janice Mae is a self-proclaimed Paper Bead Princess and has a collection of Paper Bead Tiaras to prove it. She is passionate about recycling magazines into paper beads and making them into elegant wearable jewelry. She blogs about paper beads and currently took on the challenge of creating one piece of paper bead jewelry every single day for 365 days, needless to say she sleeps and wakes up thinking about paper beads. This very engaging hobby has become quite addicting to her in a good way.
She started a company with her sister Joann, her sister's husband Jun and her son Marc to help Philippine women augment their income by making paper beads, and a portion of their profit is allocated to buy school supplies for underprivileged Filipino kids. They are on their third year inspiring others to start making their own beads and providing the tools for them to start a new hobby. Recycling magazines and catalogs may not solve our problem of polluting the earth but it will help us be conscious of doing one little thing towards helping the environment.
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.
Since 1978 Jere has been providing fabulous giftware that has kept his customers returning again and again. Striving to achieve a long-held goal of establishing lasting relationships both domestically and abroad, he is very proud of the company he has built on a rock solid foundation of trust and good will. Jere’s goal is to provide his customers with the very finest giftware line available.
All of his products are designed by Jere and hand-crafted by skilled artisans with some of the finest materials available in the world today.
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 MacKay is an accomplished designer, author and consultant. Her name is synonymous with innovation and she is known for her genuine enthusiasm, love of nature and boundless spirit. Combined with over twenty-five years of creative work experience, Jill is one of the most skilled and sought after designers in our country today. This self-taught artist had humble beginnings, learning basic silversmithing in high school where she fell in love with jewelry design. Her romance with ornament, form and function never ceased and her own sterling silver line marketed under Jill MacKay continues to evolve and charm the industry’s jewelry makers and buyers. Jill licenses her jewelry designs to large chain stores and manufacturers as well as developing and manufacturing her own lines. Her prolific ability for design innovation keeps her busy. Jill MacKay products currently sell in over 2000 stores internationally.
In addition to being a celebrated teacher, author and lecturer, Jill’s work has appeared on stage and screen and she has won numerous national and international awards. Jill is perhaps best known for having been the jewelry designer for the daytime drama The Guiding Light, and for her work on Paramount Studio’s Star Trek: The Next Generation. Inspired by the beauty and wonder of the natural world, Jill’s style has been described as "provocative organic abstraction combined with romantic ornamental sensibility."
Seriously committed to giving back through the arts, Jill has won many national awards for her gifts of time and talent to those less fortunate and solving social issues through the arts. In her own words - “Creativity is more about making a life than making a living. It’s a bridge that gives us all a way to make beauty in the present.” Jill is on the National Trend Team forecasting jewelry trends for the creative industries. A prolific designer, Jill is consistently pushing the boundaries of design and originality. She lives and works from her studios in Gibsonia, PA.
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.
Joe Silvera graduated with a BFA in Metalsmithing with honors from California State University at Long Beach in 1991 and then apprenticed as a goldsmith. His favorite technique is lost wax casting with which he likes to carve detailed sculptures of animals and more. Joe is a popular metals teacher who teaches classes in the Bay Area at Baubles and Beads in Berkeley and San Rafael, and at his studio classroom in Berkeley. He also teaches nationally at festivals like the Bead & Button Show and Bead Fest. His classes provide a foundation in the fundamentals of jewelry making mixed with laughter and creativity.
Johanna Bagley’s passion and true love of jewelry was born from her deep roots in the jewelry industry. Her grandfather was a gold miner, her father a jeweler and jewelry designer and her mother a master gemstone lapidary. Growing up surrounded by beautiful jewelry and gems, she developed her passion for creating beauty all around her, not only in her life but especially in her jewelry designs. For the woman who searches for creativity and beauty in her surroundings, Johanna Bagley for Bella Luce is a glamorous collection that has the look of fine diamonds and gemstones, all set in lustrous sterling silver. Her playfully whimsical designs will instantly draw you in by infusing a little color and fun into your jewelry wardrobe. Johanna Bagley for Bella Luce is the perfect marriage of playful, colorful style with the exquisite quality of our fine diamond simulant line of Bella Luce. Enjoy Johanna Bagley for Bella Luce, sure to inspire creativity in the daily life of today’s modern woman.
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.
Jose Hess, a native of Germany, started as an apprentice goldsmith at age 14 in Columbia, South America. At 17, he immigrated to the United States, where he worked in various jewelry manufacturing companies. Jose Hess started his own business as a designer model maker. He created his own collection of very high-end gold, platinum and diamond designs and began selling directly to retailers. At the time, jewelry designers were not selling under their own names. Jose Hess was instrumental in changing this, as he convinced jewelers to sell his creations under his name. Master goldsmith, designer and gemologist, Hess' roots and career path portray an artist and entrepreneur whose vision, sense of style and quality standards continue to keep him in the forefront of American jewelry design.
Jose is an industry leader, highly respected and actively involved. He was the first American president of World Jewelry Confederation (CIBJO Confederation Internationale de la Bijouterie), an international trade association whose mission is to establish uniform standards for the jewelry industry worldwide. Jose is a mentor and educator, he has taught model making at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and often addresses student groups on goldsmith and jewelry design. Jose holds numerous national and international awards.
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."
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.
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.
Kathy began her professional career with Eastman Kodak Company as a sales account executive. After working with Kodak for almost 10 years she retired from corporate life to stay home and raise her two children, Allison and Andrew. When her youngest was in school full time, she wanted to pursue a career that would give her the flexibility to be there for her children and in 2002, Kathy and her husband David opened The Place to Bead in Naperville Illinois, the first full service bead store in the area. During her search for unique and eye-catching beads for the store, Kathy developed a passion for Venetian beads, their history, and the Venetian culture. In 2004, Kathy and her husband expanded the business with the addition of Bella Venetian Beads and are now the largest importers of genuine Venetian beads in the country.
Kathy wants to help maintain the integrity and history of Venetian beads and has been a guest speaker at NAJA National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (Tuscon show, Feb. 2009) and, Gemological Institute of America Alumni Manhattan Chapter, spring 2009, to share this information. She continues to manage and teach classes at The Place to Bead and also is the show promoter for the bi-annual Suburban Bead Encounter. Kathy enjoys traveling to Europe and in 2008 organized a Mediterranean Bead Cruise with land excursions to Venice, Murano, Torcello, and Burano. Kathy resides in Naperville with her husband David, their children, and Sparky and Buster her two dogs. In her spare time Kathy enjoys attending her daughter’s soccer games in Florida, her son’s baseball games and tournaments, volunteers at ADOPT (Animals Deserving Of Proper Treatment) and is planning another bead cruise.
Always passionate about teaching and learning, Katie Baum transitioned from a middle-school classroom teacher to focusing on metal clay full-time in 2007. With degrees in Biology, Psychology and Education, she tries to balance creative expression with logical instructions, hopefully enabling students of all backgrounds to comfortably experiment with and learn about metal clay techniques. Katie began her affair with metal clay in the summer of 2005, and worked her way up to Art Clay Senior Instructorship by August 2007. Currently working with Art Clay World, USA, Katie is the Marketing Director, Distributorship Account Manager, Curriculum Coordinator, and is also the current Director of the international Art Clay Society. As Director of the Art Clay Society, she works to increase collaboration, education and networking amongst all levels of metal clay artists and enthusiasts. Her first book, Fine Silver Keepsakes, was co-authored with Art Clay Instructor Judi Hendricks and was published in July 2009. Katie has been teaching frequently, traveling across the United States and internationally to do so. Her teaching venues have included bead shops, home studios, galleries, national conferences, accredited schools/institutions and international conferences.
While metal clay is her most frequent medium of choice, Katie loves to work with mixed media, including resins, mixed metals, gold applications, chainmaille, polymer clay, glass and ceramics. In May 2010, Katie was honored to be elected to the Board of the American Fired Arts Alliance, focusing again on education, collaboration and technique-sharing. In November 2010, Katie was accepted as the newest Art Clay Master Instructor, one of only nine in North America. She plans to continue teaching, sharing and enjoying metal clay as much as possible.
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."
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.
Laura Ripley Timmons, Owner of Vintage Moon, has designed her entire life and created jewelry professionally for the past 10 years, selling her unique designs across the nation. Her passion for color and design is obvious in each of her unusual creations. Vintage Moon Creations is a mix of old and new, making each piece truly one-of-a-kind.
In most recent years though, Laura has developed a new passion that feeds her soul: teaching, incorporating both her love for people and design. Laura travels the world teaching her unique creations and techniques. Teaching in such faraway places such as Bangkok, Toronto, or her own backyard, Laura incorporates both her love of people and her love for the industry. Laura is a published designer as well– look for her “Fashion 411” segment in “Bead Unique”, your 911 to the 411. Please visit www.vintagemoon.net for more information about Laura.
Lauren was born & raised in beautiful southern California. She was blessed with having an extremely talented & crafty mom. Her father was an equally talented Civil Engineer. She has a degree in Accounting, Paralegal Studies, & Pharmacy Technician, but loves learning and evolving. Most of her career was spent being “serious”. Now is the fun part of her life! She loves taking a raw material, like wire, and turning it into a gorgeous new creation. She also loves to bead, macramé, and do various forms of needlepoint. She is inspired by people and nature. She loves the simplicity and the complexity of nature. She also loves to see people's faces when she explains how her chainmaille is created. They always have wonderful suggestions for new creations! And of course her family always inspires and supports her.
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.
Lisa Pavelka, began her career as an artist after retiring from television production.It all started with a hand-sculpted line of polymer clay miniatures she made from her home studio. Over the years and as her children grew, she expanded to teaching,demonstrating, writing, television appearances and her own line of signature creative products (manufactured and distributed by JHB International, www.buttons.com). Lisa has made dozens of TV appearances on networks including HGTV, PBS, and the Discovery Channel. To date, she has authored four books and two DVD’s on polymer clay art; including the now best-selling book “The Complete Book of Polymer Clay.”
Lisa is highly regarded throughout the world as a mixed-media artist. Now that her four children are grown, she devotes her full attention to helping others “discover their inner artist.” She is also known internationally for her workshops, creative cruises, and “artrepreneurial lectures.” In spite of her busy schedule, she still finds time to mentor aspiring artists and volunteer her creative talents to schools and groups.
Lisa’s work with crystals came to the attention of the prestigious Swarovski Crystal company over six years ago. She has been designing and teaching for them ever since and is now an official Ambassador for CRYSTALLIZED - Swarovski Elements.
As one of the world’s foremost authorities on the medium of polymer clay and an award-winning artist, Lisa also known for her designs with precious metal clays, wire, crystal, and resin. For more information about Lisa Pavelka and her product line please visit www.lisapavelka.com.
Inspired by the cultures of the world, Mackie Mullane shows her love of the earth through her eclectic and bohemian design sense. Her education in fashion, textiles, photography, design, pottery, painting and illustration formed her creative foundation; however, creating in her mother’s design studio as a child also helped shape the person she is today.
Mackie loves sharing her natural gift through education. She is a designer and educator for Vintaj® teaching workshops and contributing to the Vintaj® blog. Mackie is also the lead designer for Vintaj® Earth Jewelry Boutique and a featured designer and demonstrator for Sizzix® and Ranger.
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.
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.
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!
Drawing on 25 years of experience in fashion jewelry, Michael Waterman's collection celebrates all that's glamorous, elegant and desirable. Michael first enjoyed success as an actor, but his love of art andcreativity flourished into his own high-end fashion jewelry collection, where he found his niche in the fashion world. He began in a small store where luxury fashion jewelry was rarely seen, and business grew quickly as fashionistas flocked to buy something unique. Before long, Michael's growing customer base demanded more of his clean, fresh designs and glamorous statement pieces. That success leads to the Michael Waterman Collection, and to this day, it's Michael's passion and love of fashion that keeps the selection new, original and highly sought-after. He insists jewelry should never be looked on as an afterthought but viewed as an essential item for fashionable women. Michael would like this collection to attract aspirational women who love fashion and great quality they may find in designer stores in the UK. Though many celebrities buy his jewelry, Michael's aim is to make everyone feel special, which is why he's bringing his exclusive collection to JTV! You will love this collection of contemporary, easy to wear jewelry with great attention to detail. Stay on-trend with classic looks from the Michael Waterman Collection, exclusive to Jewelry Television and jtv.com.
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.
Patti Bullard is a Texas-based jewelry artist who specializes in working with glass and metals. Patti loves sharing her passion for making jewelry, which led her to found
Wired Up Beads, a jewelry tool and supply company based in Southlake, Texas. Wired Up Beads is home of Wired Up Beads University, a jewelry making school that teaches all facets of jewelry making.
As a jewelry designer, Patti noticed the need for a new line of tools crafted and engineered specifically for making jewelry. As a result, Patti developed a full line of jewelry making pliers that are versatile, easy on the hands, and gentle on the metal. Her contagious sense of humor is reflected in the name of her tools—they are known around the world as Wubbers Jewelry Making Pliers. The newest additions to the Wubbers line are the patent-pending Wubbers Looping Pliers and the Wubbers Square Mandrel Pliers.
Patti received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut. Though Patti has retired from practicing as a clinical psychologist, her love of helping continues to be her mission as she works to inspire others to pursue their own creativity through making jewelry.
Patti Geolat’s career began at the jewelry sales counter and today she is a widely known authority on appraisal, brokerage, and sale of fine jewelry. Her clientele includes a number of the world’s finest jewelry houses and an extensive network of private and industry collectors.
She served a 15 year term on the Board of Directors of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co., the jewelry industry’s leading insurer, including nine years as a chairman and a one-year term as interim CEO. She also chaired the Board of Governors of the American Gem Trade Association’s Gemological Testing Center and the AGTA’s Board of Governors.
Her credentials include: Graduate Gemologist (GIA), Fellow (FGA), Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) American Society of Appraisers, Associate in Risk Management (ARM) Insurance Institute of America, Chartered Insurance Operations Professional (CIOP).Patti currently serves on the boards of the North Texas Crime Commission and the Jewelers’ Security Alliance.
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.
Rehanna Patel-Ianucci 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. Rehanna now travels internationally attending trade shows and manufacturers and is always looking for new and innovative styles.
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".
Born and raised in Paris to a French-Polish father and French-North African mother, one of Rémy's grandfathers designed lingerie, and his father and uncle owned their own firm designing and manufacturing custom leather and fur outerwear in Paris. 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 Cristofol Frères in Paris, Rémy studied with Jacqueline Roblin and learned classic jewelry rendering and design of jeweled objets d'art including clocks and desk accessories. In 1994 he moved to Albuquerque as Senior Designer and later Design Director for a large jewelry manufacturer where he designed collections as well as all custom design orders. Rémy has developed his own line of jewelry and creates custom designs for private clients even today. He regularly teaches jewelry design and rendering privately in New Mexico as well as classes around the country.
Rémy has drawn and painted all his life. He studied painting with various instructors and prepared extensively for the admissions exam for the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. In recent years he has been inspired to work in a more loose and expressive style through study with David Welch in Albuquerque.
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!
Salah is a Moroccan amethyst expert born and raised in Morocco, and is one of three owners of the Moroccan amethyst mine. He became interested in gem mining and eventually became a Moroccan amethyst expert after being introduced to gem mining by a geologist cousin. Salah is intricately involved in the day to day operations of the mine, and visits twice a month to oversee operations.
With an engineering degree from a major French university and a 20 year career as a general manager for several international companies to add to his gemstone expertise, Salah is a welcome addition to the JTV family of experts.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Samuel is a 2nd generation gemstone miner, cutter and wholesaler. A G.I.A. graduate gemologist since 1987, he currently holds the title of C.F.O. in his family-owned business. With his tremendous business acumen, Samuel is also the C.E.O. of the Business Administration School of Governador Valadares. Samuel currently sits on the Board of Directors of The Brazilian Institute of Gems and Precious Metals. He also served as Vice President of Gem and Jeweler Association of the state of Minas Gerais from 2004 to 2008 and he served as the Brazil Gem Show’s General Director from 2006 to 2008. Samuel was honored with the medal "Merit of the Industry" by the Industry Federation of Minas Gerais State in 2004. He also received an honorary citizenship granted by the Chamber of Councilors of Governador Valadares in 2000.
Sandra loves the organic look and feel of jewelry made with cords and strings such as Waxed Irish Linen, leather, silk, nylon, etc. Her Knotty Do-It-All cord knotting tool was originally developed to solve a problem most people face when using cord in their designs, finishing the ends. Sandra disliked end caps for all the usual reasons: no ready availability in different sizes or styles, non-dependable connections to the cord causing jewelry loss, high cost, etc. The Knotty Do-It-All was her answer to eliminating the end cap/finishing problem. From that point forward she has continued to expand the board’s capabilities so that it now allows users to perform a wide variety of cord knotting styles and techniques.
Sandra greatly enjoys creating new and unusual styles of jewelry using the board she created and works on new designs and concepts every day. She enjoys teaching and is thrilled that what she has invented has allowed so many people to make exciting jewelry more quickly, accurately, and easily.
I have been making jewelry since I was a teenager. I am now a full-time jewelry designer with dreams of owning my own brick and mortar shop. In the meantime, I sell my designs online and specialize in custom designs for special occasions as well as giving new life to customer’s favorite vintage or broken jewelry pieces by working them into a brand new, one of a kind design.
I’m an inspired by classic vintage styles and try to incorporate them into popular trends in the industry when I can. I am also inspired by the creative and amazingly talented designers I am privileged to work with at Beadalon. They inspire me to push the limits of what I can do and to try new techniques and styles.
My greatest accomplishments as a jewelry designer are in the small victories of learning a new technique. I am constantly learning and trying new things. When I learn a new technique it opens a new creative door for me and I can look at my older designs with fresh eyes and find new inspiration within my own work.
Jewelry design is a creative outlet for me. It is very therapeutic to create pieces of jewelry. It allows me time to be alone with my thoughts and decompress after a long or particularly stressful day.
Sara Oehler (pronounced Ay-ler) or simplified to Sara O is a well-known designer residing in sunny Phoenix, Arizona.
Sara Oehler co-authored the book Show Your Colors, published by Kalmbach in January 2012. She has designed and written for numerous publications including: BeadStyle, Bead&Button, Bead Trends, Stringing, Jewelry in Fashion Trends, Simply Beads, The Flow and Today’s Creative Home Arts. She has had her design featured on the cover to two magazines: 2011 September issue of BeadStyle and 2012 June issue of Bead&Button.
As “Ask Sara” of Soft Flex® Company, she has had her work featured in several advertisements, signs, fliers, postcards, and more. Sara Oehler has attended, showed her designs, demoed and taught within the Soft Flex® Company booth at hundreds of bead shows in her 13 year career with them. The SoftFlexGirl blog that she created and maintains currently has over 1400 followers and features design ideas, articles, book reviews, hot fashion trends and color inspirations for jewelry making.
Shane McClure, director of Identification Services, is a gem identification expert with more than 30 years of experience. An accomplished gem photographer, he has written extensively for Gems & Gemology (G&G) and other journals, and is co-editor of G&G’s Lab Notes section. He has won G&G’s Most Valuable Article Award seven times on topics such as diffusion-treated sapphires, the identification of filled diamonds, and gemstone enhancement and detection in the 1990’s and has twice been an author on articles that have won the American Gem Society (AGS) Richard T. Liddicoat Award for outstanding journalism in the jewelry trade. In 2007 he was the recipient of the Antonio C. Bonanno Award for excellence in gemology.
Shelly Sergent has spent more than 30 years in the jewelry industry. Starting at age 16 as a holiday season gift wrap girl for Zales Jewelers, Shelly quickly realized her passion for fine gems, design and first class client services. She learned the business of the jewelry industry climbing the ranks from gift wrap gal to sales, service, philanthropy and eventually management. She came to understand the study of fine gems, jewelry making and learning to recognize the finishing details that separate handcrafted, designer pieces of jewelry from a stream line manufactured piece…both of which are important to jewelry lovers the world over.
Shelly worked hard to establish herself as an industry ‘go to girl’ for fine, rare colored gems and design. She has had the privilege of working with some of today’s top design houses and is grateful for the mentoring, time and shared passion she’s learned from brokers, designers and collectors from around the world.
Shelly’s philosophy has proven tried and true over the years: to build, nurture and maintain relationships with clients and suppliers by being honest and transparent in all aspects of doing business and establishing long standing relationships. Shelly understands that the sale isn’t always the pinnacle of her work but understanding what each person’s needs are will bring success, fun and a sharing of the intimate nature of the jewelry world.
Fast forward to today…Shelly has the amazing job as lead curator for a world class gem and jewelry collection, Somewhere In The Rainbow. Somewhere In The Rainbow’s mission is to bring hands on education, understanding and appreciation of fine colored gems and artisan crafted jewelry to museums, retail stores and educational facilities dedicated to enjoying and appreciating the rarity, beauty and value of these gems and master artisan’s works.
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".
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!
Terry Chandler, the President and CEO of The Diamond Council of America, has led the DCA to be one of the industry’s leading education and training resources with over two hundred members representing over four thousand retail jewelry stores. Beginning his 22 year retail jewelry career in Paducah, KY, Terry has been involved in every aspect of the retail jewelry industry including training, operations, development, management, and, now, distance education and association management.
Before becoming the President of The Diamond Council of America, Chandler served on the DCA board for twelve years. He is also a member of the DeBeers USA Carat Club and serves as a director on the Boards of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, Jewelers Charity Fund, and the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Jewelry Show. To top it off, Terry is also a member of the 24 Karat Club Southeastern United States and serves on the Board and Executive committee of that organization. To recognize all of his accomplishments, Terry Chandler became a 1994 inductee into Alpha Beta Kappa, the National Honor Society of the Diamond council of America.
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.
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.
Victor Sabbagh was born and raised in the midst of beautiful colored gemstones. He began his gemstone education in early childhood as he constantly strove to learn more about the beautiful gemstones from his country. Ever since, he has remained vigilant in continuing his knowledge of colored gems and the gemstone industry, from the mine to the marketplace. His gemstone adventure began at the tender age of 13 when his grandfather asked the employees of the family's gemstone processing factory in Governador Valadares, Brazil, to teach Victor how to cut and polish gemstones. Since that time, Victor's excitement for the amazing world of gemstones has only grown! In 2002, he began working in his family's third generation gemstone company and now routinely attends all the major gemstone trade shows around the world. With a degree in marketing, Victor has managed his company’s Marketing and Sales division since 2013.
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.