The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2008 Ace© It Conference Scholarship to attend the 31st Annual Ace© It Winter Educational Conference scheduled on February 2-3, 2009 in Tucson, AZ.
Ms. Valerie Arteman, Madison, WI, is the 2008 winner of the annual Scholarship. Ms. Arteman is a current home study student with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Her jewelry journey started as a Fine Jewelry Coordinator for Sears Roebuck. She continued her career with various sales associate positions at many retail fine jewelry stores. Ms. Arteman observes that "as school with GIA winds down, I realize that my career is just beginning with the excitement of becoming an independent appraiser."
The NAJA Scholarship gives a gemology student a first hand experience of networking with appraisal professionals by attending the highly regarded NAJA educational experience during a time when Tucson devotes itself to gems, jewelry and minerals. NAJA believes that appraising is a viable career option for students of gemology.