Can you tell us about your current role at Zimmer Brothers Jewelers?
I am the first female president of Zimmer Brothers Jewelers, which has served New York’s Hudson Valley for over 130 years. I oversee the company, working closely with my team and clients in sales, purchasing jewelry, and handling the acquisition of diamonds and gemstones.
Working to elevate other women within the jewelry industry, however, is at the heart of what I do. My inaugural initiatives have included several partnerships with global nonprofits: Moyo Gems, Gem Legacy and Diamonds Do Good. This allows Zimmer Brothers Jewelers and its customers to positively contribute to the global gemstone industry with every transaction.
What is the best advice you’ve received?
My father has always told me to believe in myself, be kind and patient, and never lose my sense of humor.
What is the family’s business motto, and have you created your own?
My family’s business motto has always been “We Are One.” My grandfather used to tell my father this on a daily basis throughout their 40 years working together; now my father says it to me, and we text it to each other all the time! It refers to how intuitive our decision-making processes are, the depth of support we have for each other, and how in-tune we are as a whole. Over the years, this has extended to our entire team.
What is your first diamond memory?
When I was 12 years old, Serge Boro from Lazare Kaplan International, aka “Mr. Ideal Cut,” came to our store to do a diamond-cutting demonstration. I got to sit beside him and watch a master at work. It was amazing to see something so rough and unassuming transformed into the most dazzling thing I had ever seen!
What do you do when you are off work?
When I’m not working, you can find me with my daughters or in my hot tub, relaxing and enjoying a cocktail.
Is there a book or movie you recommend to all of your friends and colleagues?
Crazy Rich Asians. The movie has all of my favorite things — stunning jewelry, beautiful love stories and family traditions.
What is your wish for 2024?
I wish for steady growth for Zimmer Brothers Jewelers stores, health for my family and team, and more fun!
Main image: Jocelyn Zimmer. (Zimmer Brothers Jewelers)
This article is from the January-February 2024 issue of Rapaport Magazine. View other articles here.