Hi, I'm Emily Dubinsky, the founder of Emily Emmett, Inc. I started E|E because I couldn't NOT start it. How did that happen?
Let me explain. Most recently, I was working on Wall Street after getting my MBA at Columbia Business School. I had worked in the gem & jewelry industry before business school, and consequently I had a great network of gem dealers, bench jewelers, and stone setters. I was doing custom design work for fun in my spare time, because I just couldn't help myself.
So although I was working as an investment advisor, all my friends, family, and coworkers were coming to me for jewelry advice and design. My brilliant friend and teammate Beth--who has commissioned many upcycled designs from me and is one of my biggest supporters--frequently encouraged me to start my own business. One day it finally got through my thick skull. A-ha, Beth is so smart, and she's right--let's do this, Em! Emily Emmett, Inc. was born.
But let's rewind a bit. How did I end up as a gemologist in the gem & jewelry industry in the first place? Maybe it goes back to when I used to sell beaded bracelets at my sister's swim meets. Or maybe when I used to collect quartz crystal points at summer camp in Colorado. Or when my family took road trips through the great American West, and I was obsessed with collecting American Indian jewelry. Shout-out here to Mom and Dad for instilling a love of the outdoors in me!
Suffice it to say, I have simply always loved pretty things and earth materials. So when I ended up at Amherst College, the most natural thing to do was become a Geology major. And when I graduated from college--where I was, I must say, a super nerd--the most natural thing to do was keep going to school. So I enrolled in the Ph.D. program at Stanford University's School of Earth Sciences. Where I discovered that I was, actually, not that nerdy.
I chose to leave Stanford with a Master's degree, dead set on finding something fun to do. Gemstones, of course. The summer after graduation, I earned my Jewelry Technician diploma from the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco, where I learned the basics of jewelry fabrication and design. Then I got my Graduate Gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America, moving to GIA's headquarters in Carlsbad, CA to finish my GG degree.
While at the Carlsbad campus, I was hired as technical editor of Gems & Gemology, GIA's quarterly, peer-reviewed scientific journal. Within nine months, I was poached into GIA's Laboratory Division and transferred to their New York lab, where I rose through the ranks to become Senior Manager of the Colored Stones Research & Identification Group. I spent a year on assignment at GIA's Bangkok lab, where I managed a research project building GIA's ruby & sapphire country of origin database.
Most of the research I did at GIA centered on the cause of color in ruby and sapphire. That's how I met Dr. John Emmett, a retired physicist who became my research collaborator, mentor, and close friend. We are even still working on our research currently! Yes, I named my company in his honor. But that's an amazing story for another day (or another page--see About Emmett).
I loved doing research at GIA, but I had always dreamed of starting my own jewelry design firm. That's why I went back to business school. But I got sidetracked. Oh well, we're here now. I hope you enjoy what you see here on the E|E website. I hope we design something together for you soon!