Happy New Year!
I am a newbie, both to the List and the Industry, and I have a
seemingly simple question to pose. How do I into this industry?
I have taken what I see as he logical first step and enrolled in the
GG, GJ program at GIA, in residence. Here I am, a year later, with
my GG diploma in hand with my GJ soon to follow, and some experience
on the sales floor. I have moved across the country, invested a good
deal of both time and money in this endeavor, and now it’s about
time to find the job to payoff my incurred debt.
My love affair with metals started in a poorly equipped High School
art room, with teachers that knew the minimum to get you started.
While their knowledge of the art may not have been the greatest,
their desire to nurture me through my explorations of the media was
tremendous! But I never felt that I had the talent to become a
Several years into my long winded collegiate ordeal, I decided to
take an intro level Jewelry class. I picked up right where I left
off, loving every minute of my time spent there. That professor felt
I had the talent and offered to set me up with a local jeweler as an
apprentice, but I failed to see in myself what he saw in me. I was
mistaking talent with knowledge, and decided that I would always
have metals as a hobby.
As time progressed, I ended up taking a part time sales position in
a mall based store in the mid-west. I figured that my passion for
the products would make up for my lack of general knowledge of
stones and jewelry. I was sorely wrong. As it turns out, it is VERY
difficult to sell something to the luxury market if you have no idea
what you are talking about. But the fire had been re-ignited. At 28
years old, I finally figured out that I had known all along what I
wanted to be when I grew up, a Jeweler.
One thing lead to another, and I ended up at GIA within six months
of learning of it’s existence. One of my fellow students turned me
on to this list (Thanks Chris!) and I have been avidly reading
since. As I’ve seen the names over and over again, and tried some
of the tricks and tips, I have come to trust the members of this
list. And that is why I torture you with this long winded query.
I guess the better phrasing of the question would be, If in my
shoes, how would you proceed? What tips, ideas, or warnings do you
have for me?
Thanks in Advance!