Pamela Y. Wiggins, co-founder of Costume Jewelry Collectors Int’l, is a freelance writer, editor, and appraiser specializing in antiques and collectibles with an emphasis on collectible costume jewelry. She is also the proprietor of Chic Antiques by Pamela Wiggins, and serves as a costume jewelry appraiser for individuals through ValueThisNow.com.
Pamela draws on her many years of experience in journalism, editing, and public relations to contribute graphic design, Web content, editing, and writing skills to CJCI. Her event planning background includes hosting several “mini” conventions for jewelry enthusiasts in Texas prior to co-founding CJCI, and assisting in the planning of numerous events as a public relations professional. This expertise guides her as she works with Melinda Lewis to plan CJCI’s yearly conventions for jewelry collectors welcoming attendees from around the globe.
Her book Warman’s Costume Jewelry (Krause Publications), published in 2014, covers jewelry ranging from late-Victorian to contemporary collectible pieces. Her past work as an author includes writing the introduction for Warman’s Jewelry 5th Edition (Krause Publications) and penning Buying and Selling Antiques & Collectibles on eBay (Thomson Course Technology).
Pamela also serves as the antiques expert for About.com where she shares information on jewelry and other varied topics. She has written for many national and regional publications, including CJCI Magazine published in 2010. She is currently a contributing editor with Heritage Magazine, and has written for Where GuestBook New York, Treasures Magazine, and Numismatist among many others. Pamela has also been a guest on a number of television and radio programs, and she enjoys lecturing for groups of all sizes on jewelry-related topics.
Pamela resides in Central Texas with Jay B. Siegel, her extremely supportive spousal equivalent, who assists with CJCI’s yearly conventions. Jay contributed his photography and editing skills to CJCI Magazine in 2010 and continues to support CJCI in numerous ways. His photography also appears in Warman’s Costume Jewelry.