WHO WE ARE
MELISSA WOLFGANG AMENC
Co-Founder & President
Melissa is a 6th generation precious stone and jewellery dealer. She earned her Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, California. With her diploma in hand, Melissa moved to Geneva, Switzerland, briefly working with her father and then joining the jewellery department at Christie’s where she was an intern, followed by working between the jewellery department and the office of the President. After two years she moved on to work for de Grisogono as a gemstone buyer for their jewellery and watch collections.
In 2001 Melissa joined her family business, Golay Fils & Stahl, where she travels the world buying and selling gems and jewels.
Melissa is an active member of various industry associations including the foundation board of the Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF), the ethics committee, and the executive board of the Association Suisse de Négociants en Pierres Précieuses (Swiss Precious Stone Dealers Association - ASNP-VSE).
WHAT WE DO
If you get, give. If you learn, teach.
The Glitterati is a non-profit association aiming to create synergy amongst women in the jewellery and watch industry through support, education, and mentoring.
Amongst its activities, The Glitterati
Supports and informs its members with quarterly newsletters featuring Inspiring Women, interviews, GlitteratiGirl guest edits and exhibition information with occasional email blasts and social media promotion upon request.
Organises conferences and webinars with discussions on various topics, featuring Inspiring Women from all arenas of the jewellery and watch industry.
Maybe even an inspiring man or two!
Mentorship Everyone starts somewhere, and we are committed to our members growth. Many of us were privileged to start our careers working alongside some of the industry’s most talented people and realise the importance of paying that privilege forward. The Glitterati has put together a mentorship committee compiled of women with vast experience in a variety of areas of the industry, speaking several languages.In creating small working groups or one to one teams, we hope to connect seasoned professionals with less experienced members to create an environment where all can flourish.
The Glitterati is inclusive to women of all ages and tenures of the jewellery and watch industry. From CEO’s to interns alike, there is a membership type for everyone.
Our goal is to be inclusive of people working in all positions with all incomes, all while considering the established membership criteria.
3 consecutive years of employment in the industry
3 consecutive years as a director or owner of an active registered company
Industry references and/or a member connection
All applications are subject to approval and pending payment.
THE GLITTERATI HAS 2 TYPES OF MEMBERSHIPS:
- Individual Member -
Memberships for professional individuals with 3 or more years of employment experience in the jewellery or watch industry, regardless of their position.
Chf. 100.- annually
event fees may apply
- Mentorship Member -
Memberships for professional individuals who are just starting out and/or have been in the industry less than 3 years who would like to benefit from our mentorship committee.
No membership fees
until 3 years of work experience attained
event fees may apply