PERSONAL STATEMENT

 

I am an extremely creative, highly competitive and hardworking jewelry professional eager to be challenged and grow technically in the jewelry industry. As a self-motivated, self-disciplined and determined jewelry designer I have always sought a successful career that could utilize my best qualities, talents and skills.  My experience as a jewelry designer and the direct contact I have had with customers gives me the ability to tap into what the clientele is looking for while building long lasting relationships. As an ambitious designer, I have excellent teamwork skills combined with the discipline to work extremely well on my own if required. My jewelry and CAD design experience make me a well-suited candidate for a position at a dynamic and progressive jewelry company where innovative hard work is the driving force in achieving excellence.        

 

EXPERIENCE

 

Nikki Michelle Jewelry                                                                   2014 - Present

Owner / Designer                                                                          Los   Angeles, CA

  • Jewelry showcased at several venues, but not limited to: (Beverly Hills Art Show, Pan African American Film Festival, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and the Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz Festival)

  • Designed jewelry for celebrities including but not limited to: (Sigourney Weaver, Tony Rock, Shirley Jones​, Kim Coles, Patrice Fisher, Nicolette Sheridan, Loretta Divine, Tamera Mowery, Roma Maffia, Kate Adair, Victoria Auth, and Randee St. Nicholas)

  • Jewelry Designs featured in multiple magazines including: Rolling Stone, Essence, Daeida, Rolling Out, and Precious Times, etc.  

  • Designs featured on several television shows and movies: Redemption of a Dog, Desperate Housewives, Eli Stone, ​Zane’s Sex Chronicles, The Jump Off and The Cheater’s Club to name a few

  • Designs used in MUD Cosmetics marketing campaign    

  • Recognized as a fine artist -wearable art at the Beverly Hills Art Show “Affair in the Gardens”

  • Jewelry worn on red carpet at the Oscars and Spirit Awards

  • Instructed jewelry lessons at the California African American Museum

  • Wholesale Buyer at Tucson Gem and Mineral, Santa Monica Gem and Jewelry and JCK - Las Vegas Jewelry Shows       

  • Established relationships with jewelry vendors and purchased jewelry design materials

  • Extensive jewelry sales and merchandising experience at industry tradeshows, national conventions as well as with individual clientele

  • Excel in providing excellent customer service and developed strong customer relationships

  • Jewelry product photographer

 

Greg Anthony Jewelry                                                         July 2014- Dec 2014

                                                                                                         Los Angeles, CA       

                  

  • Translating sketches and/ or written instructions into 3D CAD jewelry models using Matrix 7.5

  • Implementing best CAD modeling techniques to produce quality manufacturing structure for jewelry production

  • Documenting measurements of pre existing client jewelry and diamonds with calibers to reproduce accurate duplications of jewelry as well as custom designs

  • Produce photorealistic renderings of CAD models using V-Ray a plug-in for Matrix 7.5

  • Render jewelry image with accurate measurements, stone count and metal type/weight of CAD model in all 4 viewports to provide customer with precise layout of jewelry before manufacturing

  • Make any adjustments to CAD model if requested for customer approval prior to manufacturing

 

EDUCATION

 

Gemological Institute of America, (GIA)                                                                    Jewelry Design and Technology, JDT Program                                  Jan 2014

                                                                                                                  Carlsbad, CA                                                                                                                                              GIA Scholarship Recipient and SBC – Student Body Committee – Class Representative

 

  • Layout jewelry designs using CAD – Rhinoceros, Matrix 7, Matrix 7.5

  • Employ principles of design theory and develop motifs and design concepts

  • Successfully take jewelry designs from concepts to photo-realistic renderings

  • Understand design and engineering concepts for successful one-of-a-kind, custom and production manufacturing

  • Identify which factors of CAD engineering layout influence successful manufacturing

  • Prepare casting-ready prototype models using a variety of rapid prototype equipment

 

 

Hampton University                                                                        1999-  2004

Bachelors of Arts, BA in English                                                                                                                                                                                            Hampton, VA                                                                                                                                               

 

COMPUTER SKILLS

 

  • CAD – Rhino, and Matrix

  • Microsoft Office – Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point  

  • Mac Book Preview Image/Editing Software

  • Logo Design

 

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

 

  • One of 14 students selected and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity- Project in Lakeside

  • Mentored and trained an award winning autistic “youth” jewelry designer

  • Donated over 50 jewelry pieces to several charitable events and organizations, for example: 19th Annual Divas Simply Singing; The Kieherra Foundation's ​​​Spotlight on Sisters Awards; The Hershe Group, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and Delta Sigma Theta Sororities        

2013 © Exclusive Jewelry Collection by Nikki Michelle.  

All Rights Reserved.

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