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Wednesday, 20 February, 2008

Job Spotlight: Celebrity Jewelry Coordinator

Millions of people would kill for a job like this: Celebrity Jewelry Coordinator.

Job title: Celebrity jewelry coordinator

Companies that hire them: All established fashion companies have public relations staff to handle press inquiries and those all-important celebrity placements. At high-end jewelry and couture houses, these roles are especially important because of the visibility of the awards shows at which stars sport their wares.

Number of jobs in the U.S.: There are about 100 major fashion companies in the U.S., with P.R. and celebrity teams at each ranging in size from one person to 10.

How much you can earn: Assistants in the public relations and celebrity arena might start out with salaries in the $35,000 to $45,000 range.

Shown here is Courtney Stursberg, a celebrity jewelry coordinator for H. Stern.

Last July, Courtney Stursberg, a public relations and celebrity coordinator at H. Stern, traveled to Paris with $8 million worth of diamond jewelry, including a pair of $500,000 diamond earrings. Stursberg and the gems were headed for the celebrity event of the summer, the wedding of Eva Longoria, star of Desperate Housewives, and Tony Parker, the star point guard of the San Antonio Spurs. The earrings and a few other pieces were designed specifically to match Longoria's wedding dress.

Why don't celebrities just wear fake jewelry? It's not like anybody can tell the difference. Maybe they do.

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