As the tranquil hours of summer transition into crisp fall days, we are reminded that this new season is the time for family, friends, and celebrations.
While we begin to gear up for the holidays, we know things might be different this year. However, we can still be comforted in knowing that this time is best spent honoring the people who mean the most to us.
Our entire staff at National Rarities are essential to our business’s success and contribute to our everyday lives. However, we simply could not be successful without our jewelry manager and event leader, Jessica McCauley. It is this reason that we have selected Jessica for our Employee Spotlight. We are so appreciative of all her hard work and dedication! Please join us in commending our Employee Spotlight, Jessica McCauley!
Q1: Describe a brief history of yourself and your relevant training.
I had worked in high-end jewelry sales for 15 years before I started working at National Rarities. I appraised jewelry and was the head gold buyer at my work.
I am a graduate gemologist and have always been obsessed with jewelry. As a little girl, I would make jewelry myself. Before I attended GIA, I went to a small school where I learned hand-engraving, jewelry design, and jewelry repair.
Q2: What does a typical day look like for you at National Rarities?
I am the breakdown manager, and on a typical day in the office, you will see me surrounded by all the goodies that we have purchased from previous events. I’m lucky enough to be the one that gets to go through these items and decide what will be sold on our eBay store, on our website, and what pieces will go into our estate jewelry cases.
When I’m on the road, we spend the day in jewelry stores meeting people and going through their items to purchase or tell them the value of their pieces.
Q3: What is your favorite thing about working at National Rarities?
Since I was a teenager, I have always loved estate sales and thrift store shopping. This job allows me to see one-of-a-kind of jewelry, including rare toys and collectibles.
I also love being a part of the incredible team I work with; we all have different backgrounds and teach each other about our expertise. This job allows me to continue to learn about all kinds of things in the jewelry industry.
Q4: What is your favorite piece that you have purchased or sold? Do you have a story behind it?
My favorite piece we have bought was a vintage Cartier enameled timepiece necklace with rose-cut diamonds and seed pearls.
Stay tuned for our next National Rarities Employee Spotlight in October! We need to continue to recognize the good and look at the glass half full instead of half empty during this unprecedented time, and our fantastic team allows us to do so!