Julia Ballentine has worked in the jewelry industry for more than twenty-five years, earning her certification as a Graduate Gemologist with the Gemological Institute of America early on. In 1992, she began her career at Christie’s Auction House in New York, where she was a cataloguer and gemologist. This was followed by many years at Tiffany & Co where she worked as a Buyer, a Product Development Manager for Engagement, Statement and Schlumberger jewelry, and also as the Manager of the Tiffany Pearl Lab. In 2001 she left Tiffany to go back into the antique and estate jewelry world with an exclusive boutique jeweler on Madison Avenue catering to a sophisticated and demanding clientele. Her experience also includes jewelry design course work at NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology and Appraisal Certification through USPAP. She has been a member of the Jewelers Board of Trade since 2005.
Over time, she discovered that there was a need for excellent customer service and help navigating what can be a very tricky industry. In the spring of 2005, taking advantage of the relationships with suppliers and craftsman that she had built in her years in the industry, she launched her business on a referral- only basis. It was a natural progression to start Julia Ballentine Fine Jewelry, sourcing beautiful, high quality jewelry for her friends and private clients.
Today, she is happy to launch her web site which includes available beautiful, fun pieces. This web site represents a fraction of the pieces that she sources and designs for her clients. Please take a look around; she is happy to consult on individual projects as time permits.