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Our Instructors

Jenine Lepera Izzi studied art and design in New York City ad Florence, Italy for many years.  She has developed her own techniques in rendering jewlery designs. Her unique style of design is a culmination of training as an interior designer as well as a bench jeweler.  Her work synthesizes her lifelong interest in design, a facination with color, and an attention to detail that she brings into the classroom.

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Raymond Hakimi an award winning jewelry designer at Jewel of Ocean, who grew up in an industry business, is also a bench jeweler, metalsmith, dealer, importer, appraiser, jewelry industry historian, and educator.
 

Hiba Husayni is a trained architect with a passion for jewelry designing and 3D Modeling . She brings her international experience and world class jewelry training into the classroom. Hiba specializes in 2D-3D softwares such as 3Design, Shaper and Zbrush. She currently works as a CAD designer for a prestigious jewelry company in New York City.
 

Kristin Hanson won  the coveted 2007 Couture Awards as one of America’s top couture designers.  Hanson’s designs and dedicated work as an educator and natural color diamond specialist evolved to international recognition as a leader in the fine jewelry industry.   Kristin studied over 6 years classical European fine jewelry, first journeying to Colorado to study with legendary master goldsmith Harold O’Connor.  Today her collections are available in Neiman Marcus department stores across the country. 

 
Nancy Ross is a jewelry, image/stylist and marketing consultant, combining over three decades of experiences an educator, communicator, and marketing professional. She is an associate adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she has counseled students in internship and career development for over twenty years.

Through the continuing education program at FIT, she co-created and taught “The Business of Jewelry (How to Cut it in a Multi-Faceted Industry) – a course specifically crafted to help individuals establish and develop a professional approach for a successful jewelry career. Among her accomplishments, she has been a presenter at the National Antique Jewelry and Art Conference and JCK, the jewelry industry’s premier trade show.

She is a member of WJA, ASJH, ASJRA, The Art Deco Society, and Fashion Group International.

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Nancy Klein is a Marketing and Branding Professor at Parsons School of Design, she owns NLK® Consulting & Design, LLC, www.nancyklein.com and has also appeared on QVC and HSN selling her own brands. Nancy has worked in all facets of the jewelry industry for over 25 years.
 

Rémy Rotenier learned classic jewelry rendering and design of jeweled objects d’art including clocks, and desk accessories, as an intern at Cristofol Frères in Paris in 1984. Today he creates custom designs for private clients. He has developed his own collections including Rémy Rotenier for Bella Luce and Lutece by Rémy for Jewelry Television. Remy resides in New Mexico where he regularly teaches jewelry design and rendering classes.

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Martinu Schneegass grew up in Germany and obtained a Masters in Architecture in Darmstadt, Germany; then a second Masters in Fine Arts at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris. He participating in art shows in six countries, before moving to USA in 1980. He has worked in exhibit design and advertising, and has created his own fashion accessory line of ties, scarves, vests, and jackets under the name BoTé New York, with showrooms in five US cities. He has been freelancing for over 30 years.

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Vashti de Verteuil is the owner of Gallery Vercon, located on E9th Street in the East Village. She is a teaching professor at Parsons School of Design at The New School, and studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology, both universities in New York City. The artist was also a successful freelance designer ofscarves, belts, and jewelry for Yves St. Laurent and other Parisian couture houses.

 
Niyati Mehta was born into a family steeped in the gem and jewelry business for three generations. She honed her natural interest and flair for design by initially creating pieces for the family business and then by training in Mumbai, India, and in New York. She taught at Gemological Institute of America in Mumbai where she was a special consulting instructor for jewelry design and rendering. With 15 years of diverse experience, she now designs customized pieces with diamonds, color stones and pearls set in precious metals for private clients, and bridal jewelery for a firm in New York.

 
Janusz Kawa was born in Warsaw, Poland and studied photography and film at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has worked for many years as a fashion photographer in Paris and New York, and his photographs have appeared in major world publications such as French Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Australian Vogue American GQ, New York Times Magazine and Interview. He’s known for his portraits of world-renowned artists such as Morgan Freedman, Luciano Pavarotti, Ann Sophie Mutter, Louise Bourgeois, Daniel Day Lewis among others. He exhibits his personal work internationally and is faculty at The School of Visual Arts (SVA) and at International Center of Photography (ICP), as well he also conducts private workshops through PhotoRetreat. He is dedicated to providing students with strong technical skills, as well as the essentials of tapping into the creative spirit. To view his work visit: www.januszkawa.com

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