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At a young age Jamie discovered she was very artistic. She graduated with a bachelors degree in art from California University of Pennsylvania in 2011. During that time she found her niche in a jewelry/metals class. This inspired her to pursue a career as a bench jeweler.
Jamie began her apprenticeship at David I. Helfer’s, Clark Building Pittsburgh. After 3 years, she was taught diamond setting at New Approach School for Jewelers in Franklin, Tennesse by the most renown diamond-setting instructor in the U.S today, Blaine Lewis. For 3 years she did jewelry repairs and diamond setting for a small family owned business in the Mon Valley. In the summer of 2016, Jamie was featured in the Cal U review magazine as the alumni spotlight. Jamie’s specialties are working under a high powered microscope and laser welding.
“My ultimate goal as a jeweler is to absorb as much skill and knowledge as possible in hopes of becoming a Master Jeweler.”
She considers her career a gift and loves what she does. She is proud to say she is a bench Jeweler and will be for life.
What is your favorite piece of jewelry and why?
My studs. They look great with anything I wear...whether it’s on a causal day or to a formal event. Plus, I always get a lot of compliments on them.
What is your favorite food?
Breakfast food! Because my dad always took me to diners when I was a kid.
If you had the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I love art history so I’d travel to Europe and explore as many countries as I could.
If you could have dinner with any person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I’d have dinner with Phil Collins so afterwards we can have drinks and sing all my favorite songs.
If you had the opportunity to purchase one piece of jewelry at Joyce’s Jewelry, what piece would you choose and why?
Since I’m always getting my hands dirty in the shop, I wouldn’t choose a ring. I’d have to go with an Omega. A nice watch can complement you as much as a flashy ring.