Tatyana Vyalkin is a passionate craftswoman of jewelry, custom design and colored gemstone cutter with a proclivity for transforming her clients' personal style into wearable art. Her attention to intricate detail, artistry and extensive training lead her to consistently produce exquisite pieces that satisfy even the most demanding clients. In 2013 Tatyana started her own business Tatyana's Jewelry as a fine gemstone facetor and gem carver, selling her work to retail customers as well as to independent jewelry stores.
Fine gemstone facetor
Hand tool familiarity
Small business development
Retail inventory management
Business operations organization
Ability to prioritize
Independent Jewelry Store Owner08/2013 to CurrentTatyana's JewelryMinnetonka, MN
Tatyana opened her own store location, which she operates to this day.Stocking and restocking inventory, shipping/receiving, engaging in sales, inventory-taking and reconciling cash receipts. Managing the receptionist area, including greeting visitors and responding to telephone and in-person requests for jewelry making and repairs. Handling all media and public relations inquiries. Maintaining the front desk and reception area in a neat and organized fashion. Managing daily office operations and maintenance of equipment.
Jeweler, Goldsmith, Pear Stringer, Sales07/2007 to 12/2012Studio C Designs IncSt. Louis Park, MNWorked at independent jewelry store as bench jewelry technician. Job required many skills from taking customer orders and writing up tickets, phone calls to customers, to jewelry making, casting, fabricating and hand-crafting unique designs. Jewelry repairs included sizing, polishing requests from warrantied customers, used laser welder to complete repairs, replaced broken clasps and mounts. Documented customer requests with care and answered phones with professionalism.
Education and Training
GemologyGIACarlsbad, CA, USA
Coursework included Gemstone Identification, Pearls & Diamonds. GIA helps build solid foundation of diamond product knowledge and the skills one need to present jewelry and stones effectively. Explain gem stone & diamond clarity, cut, color, and carat weight to customers and help them understand how these factors relate to the diamond's value. Discuss how gemological laboratories measure diamonds and grade them for color, clarity, and cut. Present the basics of recognizing and disclosing treated, synthetic, and imitation diamonds. Advise customers about diamond durability, care, and cleaning. Demonstrate awareness of basic procedures for jewelry store security. Use product knowledge along with features and benefits to present diamonds ethically with full disclosure. Tatyana to this day continues her education taking online classes and keeping current with the industry.
Jewelry2012New Approach School For JewelersVirginia Beach, VA, USALearning stone setting, wax carving, jewelry making.
Tatyana was first introduced to loose colored gems at the Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show in 2002, where she discovered the beauty of colored gemstones. The show inspired her to take private lessons to learn to carve and polish gems. It took two years of daily practice on taking stones from rough to lustrous and becoming experienced gemstone facetor and gem carver. Tatyana has growing reputation as a gemstone artist. Tatyana's distinction as a talented gemstones artist and jeweler is undisputed. She is regularly invited by jewelry stores to preside over roundtable gem shows – intimate sales events for exclusive clients offering her gems. Tatyana is very passionate about colored gemstones and wants to share the beauty and wonder of natural colored gemstones.
Activities and Honors
Tatyana is involved with many field related professional affiliations.