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A Gem of a Summer

This summer, William Smith junior Dana Greechan had the opportunity to intern in the Global Sourcing Department of David Yurman Jewelry’s headquarters in New York City.

One of America’s leading fine jewelers, David Yurman and his company manufacture earrings, bracelets, rings and also a men’s line including widely renowned watches. The company is most well-known for its “cable jewelry which is made of twisting sterling silver ropes.

The Global Sourcing department is responsible for communicating with vendors to ensure that the company gets exactly what it wants and works with design and product engineering. Greechan, a double major in fine arts and art history, was responsible for a variety of different tasks.

“I would order different components — such as gemstones or diamonds — for pieces of jewelry in production, Greechan explained. “I also had to pick up the chains, gemstones, or diamonds I ordered and then sort them so that they could be sent to vendors all over the world, including Hong Kong, Italy and India. When the finished goods came back, I would again analyze them.

“In addition, I created merchandise orders, sales orders, purchase orders and invoices for the different vendors, Greechan said. “I also drafted spread sheets, instruction sheets, and organized the binders and paperwork for up-and-coming lines of jewelry.

On top of her responsibilities to her department, Greechan often gave her input and design ideas to the design department where Yurman himself works.

All this experience added up to a summer she won’t soon forget. “The experience was amazing and gave me a whole new perspective on what it takes to work in the fashion and luxury industry, said Greechan. “By working in such a unique department under informative and inspiring people, I definitely feel more prepared to pursue a career in design.