Born and raised in New York City, Jamie fell in love with jewelry making
at the age of twelve in her school's craft shop. By fourteen she had
designed the Lepinki ring, which is worn mid-way down the pinky finger to
"balance the hand." In her late teens she was cutting her own turquoise on
the lapidary in her bedroom workshop. By nineteen, she had copyrighted her
first design and began selling her jewelry. While traveling in Sri Lanka in
1983, she designed the first of her unique hand bracelets now called,
"Hand Lace."

Coming from a family with an heirloom tradition, at sixteen Jamie was honored
to be presented with the family heirloom lavaliere handed down from her
great-grandmother, to her grandmother, and then her mother. As a result of
this gift, her mother was then faced with the dilemma of replacing the
heirloom lavaliere she had worn since a teen, and finding new ones for her
two younger daughters. Jamie saw the need and felt it herself when 14 years
ago it was time to find a lavaliere for her goddaughter and another for her
bridesmaid. As the solution, Jamie's first two lavalieres were born along
with the desire to create this "Heirloom Lace Collection."

While taking time to raise her young son and write two successful children's
books for Scholastic, she returned to her first love, jewelry design. The
"Heirloom Lace Collection" was launched in August 2001, at a show of American
artists sponsored by The NALL Foundation in Vence, France, for the who's who
of the Cote D'Azur and Monaco.

Jamie lives in Los Angeles with her son.


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