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.
Brenda worked as an artist whose heart began beating in the world of realism until she made an unplanned trip to the Middle East in 2000 - a trip that changed everything. On that trip she had her first henna tattoo experience. She was absolutely captivated by the intricate, beautiful henna designs and began to incorporate the "swirls, curves, and twisting lines of the traditional henna tattoo" into her art.
Her second epiphany was when she randomly ran across unfunished wood bangles and the rest is, as they say, history. Now Brenda's brand of art is on in the same with Bajidoo, a name often interchanged for her own.
Cem is a jeweler from Istanbul and inspired by the deep cultural heritage of Turkey. He loves to create distinctive jewelry with eye-catching styles. He has been working in the jewelry industry for almost a decade and leads merchandising and design work. Cem also manages major accounts in the U.S. such as TV channels, major retail chains and the industry’s forefront wholesalers.
Cem was born in Van, a city famous for its Urartu culture in the eastern part of Turkey. He spent his childhood in Izmir on the west coast of Turkey and then moved to Istanbul. Currently a regular on Istanbul-New York flights, Cem resides both in Istanbul and New York.
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.
One of the premier accessory designers in the country, Carolina Amato has been at the helm of the luxury accessories company that bears her name for more than 30 years. Her signature label gloves, hats, scarves, wraps and other accessories for men and women can be found in the most prestigious department and specialty stores through the U.S as well as England, Japan, Canada and South Korea. Carolina’s designs are regularly featured in top fashion magazines.
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.
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.
Steve Arnold is a professional meteorite hunter, television host and entrepreneur. For the past 21 years, Steve has made a career of hunting for, selling, trading and brokering meteorites. During that time he has worked with countless private collectors, scientists, and museum curators in an effort to help them enhance their array of specimens. Over the years, his dedication to making new discoveries has, undoubtedly, helped further the study of meteoritics.
Steve’s work has been documented in hundreds of newspapers around the world including a front page, column one, feature story in the L.A. Times. Newsweek, Astronomy, Sky and Telescope, Astronomy Now, Meteorite Magazine, and WIRED Magazine have run feature articles highlighting his numerous accomplishments. Steve has guest starred in several television shows including Travel Channel’s Cash and Treasures, WIRED Science on PBS, NBC’s Today Show, National Geographic, and Discovery’s documentary Cosmic Collisions, just to name a few.
Steve hosted the award winning television series, Meteorite Men, which airs on Science Channel in the United States and on many of Discovery’s networks in international markets. The series ran successfully for three seasons where a total of 23 episodes were made. Steve and his good friend and hunting partner, Geoff Notkin, have introduced millions of viewers to the excitement of hunting for meteorites in Canada, Chile’s dry Atacama Desert, Australia’s desolate Outback, north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden, Russia, Poland and all across the United States.
Aya was born and raised in the countryside of Israel. Many generations of family members involved in the arts played a role in shaping Aya's artistic spirit. Sculpture, poetry, philosophy, music, was a daily part of Aya’s life. She went on to study fine arts and literature at Haifa University and film making in London.
As good as gold is how a popular working woman’s magazine referred to Aya when she was honored as one of the top 50 American women business owners. She is an active member and supporter of the Woman’s Jewelry Association. Aya continuously attracts attention for her imaginative approach to jewelry design and fresh marketing concepts. Her jewelry has appeared in top fashion magazines as well as numerous jewelry trade magazines. Aya's office and showroom sits on Fifth Avenue in New York City, with a new Flagship store in Tel Aviv, Israel. Aya travels the world discovering the latest trends.
With a demanding work schedule, many business trips, world travel and philanthropic pursuits, Aya balances the demands of her international business and still enjoys a rich family life. She looks forward to the time spent with her three children. Aya is also an avid collector of modern art, a champion supporter of the performing arts, and an advocate for various charities.
“Both jewelry and film give you an elated feeling and elicit an emotional response. Both are not really necessities, but they enrich your soul and life and beautify the world. What would life be without them?”
Lilla Balint is a marketing coordinator at John Bead Corporation. There she is able to exercise her creativity and schooling in various marketing functions such as; branding, advertising, jewelry making, public relations, blogging, and coordinating all facets of John Bead’s marketing department.
She is a graduate of Ryerson University with a 4 year Degree in Fashion Garment design. As a result of graduating from a highly intensive fashion design school and interning in Toronto and New York City, Lilla has the professional capability of designing through various mixed media jewelry and accessory creations such as; jewelry making, metal smithing, handbags, hairpieces, scarves, leather working, and whatever connects to the latest fashions.
Working at John Bead has given Lilla the resources to work with a large variety of different materials and components and has allowed her to express her inner creativity desires.
Bruce Barlow has been in the gem and mineral business for 30 years. He grew up in California and has a Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America. Bruce started rockhounding with an uncle as a kid, joined a lapidary club and competed in club gem shows, then learned in a junior high jewelry class that he could make money selling jewelry to teachers and neighbors! He trained as a custom goldsmith for several years. In 1983 he moved to Arizona and began doing trade shows. He fell in love with the mining end of the business and began collecting his own materials.
Bruce held the collecting rights contract to the Bagdad Copper Mine for many years and has traveled all over the world sourcing new materials. He does everything lapidary related, from mining, to cutting and polishing, to jewelry. He is well known for his designer cabochons and his stunning free form polished pieces, some as large as 350 pounds. He hand selects all his materials and will cut the heart out of a stone to get the best possible cabochon. In doing this he maintains the highest quality of cabochons available. Bruce has a passion for the rock and mineral field and truly enjoys what he does.
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.
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.
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.
Fourth generation president of Beria Collection, Wais Beria started his career at the early age of 20 working along side of Mr. Ali Beria. Wais looked up to his father in many ways by watching how he developed and designed magnificant jewerly collections. Today Wais continues to follow in his fathers footsteps and continues to grow in the jewelry business. His inspirations come from art, architectural items and many travel adventures. His imagination and attitude to "break the rules" has yielded his company many unique signature collections that are timeless collections of today. Wais frequents Indonesia where he is intimately involved in every aspect including overseeing artisans bring his creations to life. Wais is a perfectionist and expects only the best to be produced under his long legacy living name....Beria Collection.
You can say that Anne Bever was raised with a turquoise heart. She was born in the heart of Turquoise country, Phoenix, and was influenced by the people who first celebrated turquoise. Anne’s father was the first non- Native American ever allowed to dance in a Comanche ceremony. Anne's father was an architect and connoisseur of anthropology; he raised his daughter to have the appreciation of the same knowledge and crafts. Anne fell in love with turquoise the moment she was given her first piece of jewelry at age 3. A Navajo cuff with five pieces of Sleeping Beauty turquoise artfully set by a native hand. In downtown Phoenix, the Hopi and Navajo artists would sell their goods to the passers-by from hand weaved blankets on the ground. Many of those artists now have galleries in Old Town Scottsdale and permanent exhibits at the Heard Museum. During this time, Anne’s house was opened for the invited Hopi artists, Apache dancers and Navajo weavers to stay during their museum exhibits and fairs.
Exposure to the rich cultures and fine arts of America’s Natives, gave her a profound love and appreciation for these artists, their culture and their crafts. These cultural connections lent her the opportunity to learn how to ride horseback from the Navajo at Canyon De Chelly, in northeastern Arizona, and herd sheep during the summers on a ranch in Texas. All the while, her mind was chasing her own desires and designs to adorn her life with turquoise jewelry from her roots and adopted heritage. Remembering her 16th birthday, she was given her mother’s engagement ring – a Zuni-inlayed turquoise heart - after which, she stated with joy “Some girls get a car – but I got my mom’s turquoise heart.” Anne was indeed raised with a Turquoise heart.
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.
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.
As an international on-air guest for Zultanite®, Jerilee is captivated by this phenomenal gemstone due its plethora of changing hues and her personal experience of seeing Zultanite’s colorful brilliance and scintillation standout amongst a line up 60 pieces of jewelry with other gemstones. Naturally, she is delighted to introduce Zultanite® to jewelry and gem shoppers around the globe.
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 seven year old Shih Tzu, Humphrey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lyra’s love for crafts began as a child. From knitting to scrapbooking for her friends, Lyra found many different ways to express her creative side. Now, with her mother, Lyra has found a love for crafting paper beads! What began as a hobby has become a family obsession. Lyra is currently a nurse and full-time student. She plans to attend Pharmacy School.
One of the most prominent leaders in the international jewelry industry today, Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri has served for the past 12 years as president of CIBJO, The World Jewelry Confederation, which is a body that united national jewelry and gemstone association from 43 countries around the world, and also includes many of the industry’s major international corporations.
In addition to being president of CIBJO, he also serves as president of the Italian Federation of Gold, Silver and Jewellery Wholesalers, is a member of the International Executive Council of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), a member of the Goldsmiths’ Company of London, a member of the European Assay Association, and chief financial officer of the World Diamond Council, a member of Goldsmiths' Hall London, and member of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA).
He also is a consultant to the Italian Ministry of Industry and Commerce, and to the European Economic Commission in the areas of harmonization of standards and value added tax (VAT) on gold. He is consultant to trade fair organizers across Europe, chief of the International Relations office of Confcommercio (Italian General Trade Organization) and a delegate to the Commission of Foreign Trade, specializing in the luxury industries. He has been delegate to World Trade Organization since 2000. He also is a member of the board of directors of Mondimpresa SCPA, an Italian government body for international relations and foreign trade, and a member of the board of the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade and Commerce.
Cindy Chandler is a Graduate Gemologist (GIA) and a former GIA instructor in jewelry design, diamond grading, colored store identification and evaluation, retail sales, and pearl grading. Her career is rich in the business of gems and jewelry. Cindy managed sales, inventory and staff for accessory areas with fine jewelry for Macy’s at several stores in southern California and she is a former Deputy Executive Director for the American Gem Society.
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.
Carmi Cimicata is a full time artist who specialized in handmade greeting cards, altered books, resin embellishments and wearable art pieces. She hand makes over 2000 cards a year in order to meet her clients demands at the Toronto One of A Kind shows.
She attained a visual arts degree from Ryerson University that provided a formal foundation for her art pursuits. Upon graduating from Ryerson, Carmi founded a highly recognized charity for young Canadians where she was executive director for sixteen years. She credits the charity experience for inspiring her to be cost conscious and effective while still making items that are elegant and professional.
Carmi is a regular crafts presenter on The Shopping Channel in Canada. She is the on-air presenter for 3 Birds, a paper crafts company and The Crafters Companion.
A Graduate Gemologist, Christopher acts as a customer advocate by inspecting and testing gem-stones 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!
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.
Carol Crye has been motivated by the arts since she was a little girl and loves working with color as she creates beautiful glass beads using imagination, fire, and just a touch of magic. A surgical nurse by day, Carol’s studio is located in the Knoxville, TN area. She is bringing her lampworking skills to Jewel School in our new studio.
Carol calmly coaxes students along as they learn the joy of forming glass beads and turning them into bumpy beauties that will play happily in bracelets, necklaces and anywhere else a jewelry maker chooses to add a unique twist to her designs.
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.
Heather DeSimone has been co-owner of The Beadin' Path since 1993. The company specializes in vintage jewelry components and unique jewelry supplies. Heather holds a degree in Fine Arts and has been designing jewelry since she first re-created her grandmother's telephone wire necklace at age 5. Heather also owns a lucite jewelry company called Leetie Lovendale that uses repurposed, mod 60's-early 80's finds. She is a mom to 2 boys, Maximus and Alex, and is married to her sweetie Chris. Heather resides off the coast of Maine.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
Monika is not only a brilliant designer, she embodies today’s New York woman who insists on value and quality. Monika has spent over 12 years in the fashion industry and knows what today’s women need and want in smart, easy to wear jewelry pieces. Pulling any outfit together, whether it is jeans and a T-shirt, or the little black dress for an upscale cocktail party, Monika knows how to enhance any woman’s wardrobe with just the right accessory to make an unforgettable statement. Women like to know that the person behind the designs is someone they can relate to and that the designer actually wears her own creations.
Christi’s work has been showcased in numerous books, magazines, galleries and exhibits. Her designs have won awards in national and international contests. Christi has also authored nine how-to books and several how-to magazine articles. She currently teaches throughout the world using humor and positive energy to encourage students.
Geoffrey has over 12 years experience in retail sales and auctions of luxury jewelry, gem-stones 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.
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.
A Tampa native, Deidre Gray has been in love with fashion since her first fashion show at the age of four. She received her bachelor's degree in fashion merchandising management while interning for a major cosmetics company. During and after college, Deidre worked as a model and fashion accessories manager for a high-end department store. Deidre has a knack for coordinating ensembles. She truly believes that you can look like a million bucks without spending a great deal of money. It all starts with the right accessories to pull your whole look together.
In 1975 Arthur founded Arthur Groom & Co. as a vertically integrated jewelry and gemstone business. He has offices in NJ (headquarters), NYC (lab & cutting facility), Bogota, Colombia (purchasing & cutting), Kabul, and Afghanistan (purchasing).
Arthur organized a traveling emerald tour in the U.S. with the museum that featured millions of dollars of emeralds as well as a world famous 50ct unenhanced emerald worth several million dollars. Both the emerald, named “The Freedom Emerald” and Arthur were featured on all the major networks. He has visited and explored the famous Mogok, Burma mining area where he purchased stones that were sold at two of the world’s largest auction houses. After several more years of research and millions of investment dollars, he created the ExCel Process – as it is used today for the clarity enhancement of emeralds.
Arthur has lectured at the Smithsonian and is a member of the Smithsonian’s Gem Hall advisory board. He has also donated several specimens to the museum that are on permanent display. He is a member of the Diamond Dealers Club, Jewelers of America, the International Color Gem-stone Association, the American Gem Society and the American Gem Trade Association.
Sherri Haab is a creative force in the jewelry-making industry. She teaches classes all over the world, writes best-selling how-to books, creates new craft products under her own label and runs Sherri Haab Designs. All of this stems from a childhood in Seattle where Sherri spent many rainy afternoons letting her creative energy run wild, crafting from salt dough, her mother’s fabric remnants and repurposed household items. She channeled these happy memories into her first best-selling craft books for kids. After discovering a knack for sharing her ideas through books, she went on to write many more, eventually settling into jewelry-making techniques. She was a pioneer in introducing Metal Clay to the American public when it first became available in 1996. Sherri became in-demand as a teacher with the introduction of her book The Art of Metal Clay. Her fascination with this revolutionary product led her to develop new techniques, and she found herself developing products when she couldn’t find what she needed. Sherri and her engineer husband Dan, now have several patents on their cutting-edge products such as the E3 Etch and E3 Electroform and her ITS image transfer products.
Sherri’s award-winning books include: The Incredible Clay Book (Klutz), The Art of Metal Clay, Metal Clay and Mixed Media Jewelry, The Art of Resin Jewelry, Beaded Macramé Jewelry and Designer Style Jewelry (Watson Guptill). Publishing honors include Craftrends 2006 & 2007 Best General Craft Book Award, Publisher's Weekly Cuffie Award, and Oppenheim's Toy Portfolio Gold Award. She has recently released how-to DVDs on Metal Clay and Resin Jewelry (CCP videos). Television appearances include: The Carol Duvall Show (HGTV), Jewelry Making (DIY), Good Things Utah (ABC) and Beads, Baubles and Jewels (PBS).
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."
Since 1998, Sayed Haider has been involved in all aspects of gemstones and diamond buying. He started his career by sorting and selling gemstones and diamonds. Soon after his goal became to manufacture and make fine jewelry affordable to everyone.
Sayed has spent years living in many countries like, India, Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and United States. He had the opportunity to travel to many countries and meet with various merchandisers and learn the details about designs and various requirements of different countries. Since 1999, he has been a guest host on various television-shopping channels in United States, Canada and UK.
His years of traveling and sourcing gemstones have given him the experience and knowledge necessary to create jewelry lines of his own. He has worked closely with designers from all over the world and loves the product development side of the business.
Whenever Sayed is not in the office or the factories, you might find him visiting museums to gain inspirations for designs and learn various details of history and different types cultures.
Sayed's extensive years in the industry have given him excellent insight with the manufacturing facilities especially in micro pave setting. Sayed loves offering something very unique to our customers.
Leah wrapped her first headpin when she was 12 and she has hardly set her pliers down since. She fearlessly embraces new mediums and has studied under various artisans including several at The William Holland School of Lapidary Arts and The Craft Alliance of St. Louis. Leah works and plays full time making custom jewelry and jewelry findings with her family at UnkamenGifts.
Hayley Henning is the Executive Director of the Tanzanite Foundation headquartered in New York and the face of the tanzanite brand as she drives awareness and desire for the gem with her numerous television and public appearances and speaking engagements.
In a jewelry career spanning nearly 20 years, Hayley’s focus and has been on jewelry and gemstones in the luxury marketplace. Her passion for colored gems was ignited in her native South Africa where she started her career and where she was responsible for growing a new and emerging market for colored gemstones.
Hayley provides tanzanite marketing tools for retailers and manufacturers and collaborates with jewelry designers, manufacturers and tanzanite dealers wishing to boost their sales by using the beautiful tanzanite gemstone. She is a member of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), New York Jewelers Group (NYJA) and Women’s Jewelry Association. (WJA) and American Gem Society (AGS)
Through her role at The Tanzanite Foundation, Hayley is committed to making a real difference in the lives of the people who live in the community outside the Tanzanite mining area. During frequent visits to Tanzania, she brings donations of furnishings, school supplies and sports equipment to the schools and orphanages in the area. She is also actively involved in setting up The Maasai Ladies Project - a wire wrapping jewelry making group of 12 Maasai women, who have developed their own Tumbled Tanzanite Jewelry Collection.
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 or 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."
Jaynee began her professional theatrical career at the age of 14. Performing in musical productions and various plays throughout England, essentially growing up in a dance studio or backstage. Jaynee’s mother had been a professional actress in the latter days of Vaudeville and Music Hall Entertainment and then owning and running the largest Dance Theatre Apparel store in Indiana.
At 19, Jaynee returned to United States and was cast with the Jack Mansell Dancers with Viva Las Vegas. Performing throughout the United States in various productions she met her husband in a musical production in Montgomery Alabama, they developed their own show, The Best of Vaudeville and the Movies and performed throughout Florida, the Mid-West, the Catskills in New York State, eventually arriving in Branson, Missouri. They have performed in various venues in Branson, MO. with their own act.
In between engagements Jaynee became connected with The Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson, Missouri. She plays herself, an English First Class Maid Jaynee and is proud to be considered a spokesperson for the World’s Largest Museum Attractions in Branson, MO. & Pigeon Forge, TN.
Lisa Niven Kelly is an award-winning artist, known for her innovative and intricate designs. Having gotten her start in classic beadwork, Lisa’s current work focuses on metal and wirework – including stamping on metal. Her designs and lessons have been featured in many jewelry-making publications including her best-selling book, “Stamped Metal Jewelry." For over 20 years, Lisa has been sharing her love of jewelry making by teaching students across the country. She was voted “Top 10 Teacher” by the editors and readers of Bead&Button Magazine Lisa is the founder of Beaducation.com, an online mecca for jewelry makers, offering streaming video classes, product instruction videos, and high quality tools and supplies.
Nina started creating needlework in her teens and has evolved from crocheting and cross-stitching to beading. A certified kitchen designer by trade, Nina has been a bead artist by passion since 2005. A published bead artist and teacher, she has been able to use her expertise in other mediums to design exquisite wearable art.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Lewis Menaker got his start by helping his nephew and niece begin a business selling traditional hand-carved marble vases from a region near Tibet. He was first introduced to this art form when his nephew brought back photos from a trip through Asia of craftsmen making the marble pieces. At first, he did not believe that the vases could be real, so he had to make a trip across the world to see these vases being made by hand. The pieces of marble are hollowed out then carved to create magnificent one-of-a-kind items. Dr. Menaker has promised himself to never sell a piece he would not have in his own home, and that he would do everything he could to preserve the craft and support the artists. Many of these marble items are displayed at the Birmingham Museum of Art.
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.
Erin was born and raised in Montreal, often called the fashion capital of Canada. She attended Concordia University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood & Elementary Education, and enjoyed teaching in local primary schools. Erin was bitten by the travel bug during college and has traveled the world working on cruise ships as a Port & Shopping Ambassador. Erin spent a decade representing and promoting over fifty international designer brands of jewelry, watches and accessories. She loved connecting with her cruisers each week and helping them find that special piece of jewelry.
After finding her land legs, Erin continued to follow her passion for jewelry as a guest expert for an international designer jewelry brand on Canada's Shopping Channel. Today Erin is thrilled to join the JTV family as a Style and Trend Expert, bringing you the latest and greatest in the jewelry world.
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.
An avid crafter and passionate lover of all things colorful and expressive, Dale found her true creative calling when she entered into the beading and jewelry-making world in 1999. The interplay of colors and style combinations won her over completely. She loves to explore the huge range of new bead styles and the many techniques possible. At her core is being able to express and interpret the variety of jewelry-making options and best of all she savors the process of creating and giving one-of-a-kind jewelry and fashion accessories to family and friends.
Dale has had the sincere pleasure of working with many reputable companies within the craft industry, including B Blumenthal & Co., Simplicity Patterns, and Offray Ribbon. In the culmination of a blessed career path, Dale is now the Business Lead for the Fashion Arts division at EK Success Brands. She enjoys collaborating with her team in the development of many unique jewelry-making and fashion components in addition to representing the sparkly products within the Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements brand.
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.
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).
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.
Shawn, as well as two of his siblings (including his twin brother) grew up in the jewelry field. He became a Certified Jeweler in 1980 at Bowman Technical Jewelry School. Later in his career, he completed his studies to become a G.I.A. Graduate Gemologist. Shawn has travelled the world since his teen years, and as his career evolved, so did his sharp buying skills as he travelled to exotic locations like Colombia, Vietnam, and China. He was a Senior Gemstone Buyer for Jewelry Television for nearly 10 years, often appearing on air with our hosts during gemstone shows. Now, his lifelong passion for colored gemstones, pearls and diamonds continues as he brings new and exciting gemstones to Jewelry Television customers.
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.
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.
Ever since she was a child, Morro Bay, California resident Paula Radke knew she was going to make her living as an artist. After dabbling in a wide variety of artistic mediums, including printmaking, silver casting and pottery, she discovered that glasswork was her passion. Utilizing a "Dichroic" process, she is able to create remarkable glass beads that change colors when viewed from different angles. "Dichroic glass is just a very special material, the way it changes with the light and it's just flashy and pretty," she says, "it's unique and beautiful." Radke now has her products in nearly 1,000 outlets, including jewelry designers, craft stores such as A.C. Moores and Michaels, and just recently sent some glass pieces to a glass museum in Kobe, Japan.
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.
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.
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.
James is the 6th generation of his family to enter the jewellery industry. After completing a history degree in the late 90's, James worked for renowned jewellers Boodle and Dunthorne as their gemstone buyer and production manager. This company was selected by DeBeers to run the pilot for what became the DeBeers 'Forever Mark' and involved extensive collaboration between miners, cutters and the retailer to arrive at a product that was suitable for branding. Following this role, James ran the UK operations of the world's oldest diamond merchant firm - Backes and Strauss - where one of his many projects including sourcing and supply of diamonds for the now infamous Damien Hirst skull.
James holds gemmological qualifications both from Gem-A and the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong. He served on the Gem-A board from 2005, becoming Chairman in 2009. In 2012, James was asked to relinquish this position in order to take over as CEO.
In addition to his duties at Gem-A, James is currently working on updating the 3rd edition of Eric Bruton's 'Diamonds' and creating a new advanced gemmology course concentrating on the theory and practical applications of advanced gemmological lab equipment; this will form the basis of the final year of a new degree course (available from Gem-A) awarded by Birmingham University.
Leslie Rogalski is an artist, editor, teacher, and media personality with a passion for creating jewelry. As a CREATE YOUR STYLE WITH SWAROVSKi ambassador and a design team member for Beadalon, 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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and is the only male Ambassador for Create Your Style with CRYSTALLIZED Swarovski Elements. 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."
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.
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".
Thirty years and 3,000,000 pounds later, Richard Simmons is still going strong. Using his unique wit, passion and enthusiasm, Simmons, the nation’s most revered fitness expert, continues his crusade to reach out to the masses, encouraging them to take control of their fitness destiny. Delivering a serious message with his trademark humor, Simmons has helped millions of overweight men and women lose more than 3,000,000 pounds by adopting sensible balanced eating programs and exercise regimes that are energetic, fun and motivating.
Throughout the years Richard still gets his greatest satisfaction from reaching out and literally touching his students. Recognizing that his audience spans all across America, Simmons averages some 250 days on tour each year. Whether it’s a women’s expo, a nursing home, a high school, children’s hospital, shopping mall or corporate seminar, Simmons considers himself fortunate to come face to face with hundreds of thousands of people each year. Concerned about the financial impact of obesity in the workplace, several executive organizations have recently invited Simmons to speak to their members about ways to encourage their workers to lose weight.
Still fighting the fitness battle with humor and enthusiasm, Simmons vows to never give up and promises that he will continue his crusade until it’s time for him to teach classes at the Pearly Gates.
Exclusively Debbi has been working with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS for about 5 years. She has used most bead shapes, flatback and hotfix, a variety of fancy stones, sew on stones, pendants, pearls and is starting to work with round/chaton stones and resin.
She has been teaching a variety of art workshops for both adults and children for about 10 years. She started teaching using SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS about 5 years ago. Her Brilliant Bangle made with Swarovski Elements was featured in the April 2007 issue of Bead&Button Magazine.
With a flash of genius and a little outside the box thinking Denise Stevens invented a new beading tool called the BeDazzler™ Bead Express™. The idea came out of the need to save time while beading a project. When designing the BeDazzler™ Bead Express™ she not only wanted to save time but also kept in mind the importance of producing "high quality beadwork." Beading long strands of custom beadwork in a fraction of the time it normally takes beading the old fashioned way "one by one" with a time saving idea in mind she designed the BeDazzler™ Bead Express™.
Being a mother if 3 Denise knows the importance of saving time. The BeDazzler™ Bead Express™ liberates both the time it takes and the tediousness of the beading process. She is also an award winning designer who has created several products such as plantable stationery, paper that grows real wildflowers.
She is very excited to see the BeDazzler™ Bead Express™ finally make it into the marketplace. It will truly revolutionalize the beading industry. This was not the first of her inventions and will not be the last. Inventing is her passion. Beading and jewelry making is now her main focus. Be on the lookout for more of her ideas.
Guy Stimpson was born in Peterborough, England, but moved with his family to the U.S. when he was 14 years old. He traveled back to England to attend the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, England and studied Economics. He later returned to the U.S. and became one of the first salespersons for Charles & Colvard. Later, he began working for a large Moissanite distributor and continued to hone his natural selling skills and grow his Moissanite knowledge.
Guy has been dedicated to Moissanite gemstones and jewelry for over 13 years. He has mastered his Moissanite knowledge through his direct work with Charles & Colvard, working and training retailers as well as selling to consumers over the years. He has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. selling to and meeting the Moissanite customers. He is able to recognize the needs of today’s jewelry customer and help them to decide on the exact piece that will leave a lasting memory. Guy is also able to answer the challenging questions that consumers are asking about Moissanite. His excitement and passion continues to grow for Moissanite, “the most brilliant jewel in the world”, which Guy says is “the most amazing product in the jewelry business today!” A loving husband and father of 3, Guys lives his life surrounded by beauty: there is the beauty of his family and the beauty of Moissanite. Both have added much to his life in many different ways and helped to make his life today very special.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 is an Ambassador for Create Your Style with Crystallized Swarovski Elements™, and 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.
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.
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.
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.
Claire Vessot, Senior Designer for ELLE Magazine’s ELLE Time & Jewelry, holds 19 Industry Design Awards and a fierce passion for jewelry fashion. A native of Montreal, Claire has a background that includes Fine Arts and Fashion at Toronto's Ryerson University where she soon discovered jewelry as her primary interest. After an intensive apprenticeship with a leading Toronto based independent jeweler ~ she returned to Montreal to join the Design Team at Henry Birks & Sons for the next 6 years. To broaden her horizons, she then started designing fashion jewelry to contrast her fine jewelry background. “I have always wanted to design something truly fine with fresh ever-changing themes. I know I’m onto something exciting and know it’s right when the design takes a certain unexpected turn that is surprising. The inspiring philosophy throughout my work, as someone whispered to me once, is simply, “stay close to beauty”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.