How long does to take to be a jewelry buyer?
The first thing you need is a real interest! My father was a retired pharmacist and my mother was the bookkeeper in addition to being a homemaker. They always had an interest in antiques and estate jewelry.
On the way back from graduation with a BA in psychology my mother asked me what my plans were. As I had no idea, she suggested a school she had heard of; The Gemological Institute of America. Six months later I was enrolled.
After 6 months of study, I passed with 100% on both my diamond and colored stone grading courses. My first job was at Christies one of the world’s largest auction houses. I was head of the jewelry and silver departments at Christies East.
Then, I moved to the Caribbean, Curacao and St Maarten for 3 and 1/2 years where I worked for Spritzer and Fuhrmann; Jewelers of the Caribbean.
Then I worked in NYC for a Jewelry importer and estate jewelry buyer. I started doing antique shows and trade shows. In addition, I worked for a number of nationwide estate buyers.
Then, in the summer of 1999 after I dropped my daughter off at summer camp, I drove onto route 18 in East Brunswick and saw a for-rent sign in the store I’ve rented ever since 20 years ago!
Tuesdays are free evaluation days.
At National Estate we never ask you how much you want it’s unethical for a professional to ask.
Located on route 18 N. next to FedEx office