career in the jewelry industry began with a complete training
in all facets of 'bench work' or the manufacture of jewelry;
design, wax model making, casting, finishing, gemstone
setting, and hand engraving. After one and a half years
training at the bench, followed by one year as an apprentice
hand engraver, I transitioned into retail sales. At age
21, I accepted a management position in a jewelry store
with seven employees, doing one million dollars in sales.
Always seeking additional education, my next career advancement
step was to obtain my Graduate Gemologist in Residence
degree from the Gemological Institute of America where
I was offered a teaching position. I instead opted for
a partnership with a fellow Graduate Gemologist and we
worked for two years in South America, both in 'the bush'
buying diamond and gem rough crystals as well as in the
major cites buying estate jewelry. This experience brought
a great breadth and depth to my knowledge of the jewelry
industry. Returning to the States, I co-founded a diamond
jewelry manufacturing business, which we developed to
be ready for a public offering.
the timing in my chart called for a whole new career cycle
and the beginning of a seven year period associated with
knowledge and spiritual searching, I sold my interest
in the manufacturing business to my partner. After two
years of part-time transitioning out of the business,
I was off on my spiritual search full-time. My search
included studies of astrology, psychology and a few theological
systems, including Kabbalah, teachings of the Hawaiian
kahunas, and the beginnings of my personal work with mantras.
My psychological training entailed eleven years of dream
analysis with a brilliant psychiatrist and renowned master
of the dream world. My astrological consulting work was
immensely enhanced by this dreamwork and analysis.
first years of studying astrology consisted of going to
many major conferences, taking various classes locally,
and reading a lot. I then found my primary teacher, whose
training filled in any gaps and got my delineation skills
primed. At the time I was learning technical analysis
for trading the stock markets, so it was a natural for
me to investigate financial astrology. This research,
reading the charts of corporations and countries, lead
me to writing a column titled Getting Into The Market
for Aspects magazine, the magazine published by Aquarius
Workshops. I began consulting with individuals in 1998
and maintained a part time consulting practice until January
came back into my life, along with Vedic astrology at
the PRO-SIG, now the Organization of Professional Astrology
conference in November 1999. There I connected with some
members of ACVA, The American Council of Vedic Astrologers.
One of the Board Members of ACVA, one of the top American
Vedic Astrologers who I connected with at the conference,
upon hearing of my jewelry background suggested that I
return to my work with gems, with the additional knowledge
of the Vedic uses of gems.
began by reading everything that I could find in English
on the subject and you will find this list of books under
Sources & Links. I exhibited a collection of gems
and jewelry at the ACVA certification conference in Hawaii
in April of 2000. I studied Vedic astrology via conferences,
books and attending classes at The School of Vedic Astrology
in Brentwood. I have been making Vedic astrological jewelry
part time since the end of 1999, while continuing my Tropical,
or Western astrological consulting practice part time.
In January of 2003 I discontinued my astrological consulting
practice in order to work full time with Vedic gems and
jewelry. I am thrilled to be doing this work and feel
that all of my experience in both the jewelry industry
as well as astrology is being put to good use in the service
of assisting others in finding the right powerful healing
gem and in designing a beautiful piece of jewelry.
contact me for assistance with
your own custom designed and selected Vedic planetary
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