Pamela Wiggins Siegel, 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 shops on Ruby Lane and eBay which can be visited through her informational website and blog: Chic Antiques by Pamela.
Pamela draws on her many years of experience in journalism, editing, and public relations to contribute graphic design, 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 conventions for jewelry collectors welcoming attendees from around the globe.
Her book Warman’s Costume Jewelry (Krause Publications) 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). Her latest book is “Collecting with Kids” (Krause Publications).
Pamela has written for many national and regional publications, including CJCI Magazine published in 2010. She is currently a contributing editor with Heritage Magazine and writes a jewelry-related monthly column for Antique Trader. 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 topics.
Pamela resides in Central Texas with her husband, Jay B. Siegel, who gleefully serves as her jewelry photographer. Jay also contributed his photography and editing skills to CJCI Magazine and continues to support CJCI in numerous ways. His photography also appears in Warman’s Costume Jewelry.