Judith Ripka Speaks at WJA Conference

20 Mar

Judith Ripka Speaks at WJA Conference

Judith Ripka is a well-known designer of fine jewelry, winning many prestigious awards such as the DeBeers' Award for Diamond Design. Recently, she spoke at the Women's Jewelry Association's Women in the Know Conference at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I would have loved to have been there, as I'm sure many aspired jewelry designers would be. Nothing beats getting advice from someone who has already made her way to the top. Here is a little of what she had to say according to National Jeweler Network:

Being persistent and surrounding yourself with positive, encouraging friends and associates can catapult your business into the big time, jewelry-design powerhouse Judith Ripka told attendees of the Women's Jewelry Association's Women in the Know Conference at the Fashion Institute of Technology on Friday.

Passion for creating jewelry can also take your business a long way, she added.

"Even if it had not become my business, I would still design jewelry," Ripka said. "Persistence is one of the keys to my success. I've sketched two days a week religiously for 34 years."

Ripka told the story of her business, the Judith Ripka Companies Inc., a multimillion-dollar wholesale and retail jewelry company that now employs 150 people (90 percent of whom are women) and is opening its 13th retail store in Las Vegas this year. [...]

But when Ripka started out, she was a struggling mother of three running her business out of the living room of her house in Long Island, where she was one of the few working mothers in her neighborhood at the time.

She balanced caring for the children with sketching during all of her free moments, initially selling jewelry out of her own living room from a $12 case she bought in the Bowery section of Manhattan.

Her business got off the ground with a $1,000 loan from a dear friend who was among those who encouraged her as she began making jewelry at a manufacturing facility in 1973, Ripka said. Other friends lent her cars to get around since she didn't own a vehicle.

"Don't have anyone around you who doesn't wish you well," Ripka said. "There were countless people along the way who told me to give up, that the chances were slim. But I am telling you, the chances are not slim."

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  3. Lynn Ramsey March 21, 2007 at 11:40 am #

    Hi, thanks for posting the very inspiring story about Judith Ripka’s presentation to the Women’s Jewelry Association “Women In The Know Conference.” She was a heart-warming and encouraging Opening Keynoter for a memorable day of networking and educaitonal speakers.

    Lynn Ramsey
    WJA Publicity Chair

  4. Lynn Ramsey March 21, 2007 at 11:52 am #

    Hi, thanks for posting the very inspiring story about Judith Ripka’s presentation to the Women’s Jewelry Association “Women In The Know Conference.” She was a heart-warming and encouraging Opening Keynoter for a memorable day of networking and educational speakers.

    Lynn Ramsey
    WJA Publicity Chair

  5. Tammy March 24, 2007 at 11:48 am #

    I only wish I could have been there. The jewelry industry is tough. It’s nice to hear someone successful with encouraging words.

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