Born and raised in New York City, Jamie fell in love with jewelry
at the age of twelve in her school's craft shop. By fourteen
designed the Lepinki ring, which is worn mid-way down the pinky
"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
first design and began selling her jewelry. While traveling
in Sri Lanka in
1983, she designed the first of her unique hand bracelets now
Coming from a family with an heirloom tradition, at sixteen
Jamie was honored
to be presented with the family heirloom lavaliere handed down
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
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
with the desire to create this "Heirloom Lace Collection."
time to raise her young son and write two successful children's
books for Scholastic, she returned to her first love, jewelry
"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.