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InsideQ: What are you currently reading?
Judith: The biography of legendary art dealer, Leo Castelli. It's fascinating to learn how an individual, through his personal touch and vision, transformed a business.
InsideQ: What’s something customers don’t know about you?
Judith: I make a great brisket.
InsideQ: What have you done in your career that you never thought you’d accomplish?
Judith: Have two stores on Madison Avenue. It's a dream come true!
InsideQ: What’s your greatest indulgence?
Judith: Free time.
InsideQ: If you weren’t a jewelry designer, what would you be?
Judith: A sculptor. Outside of designing, my other greatest passion is art.
InsideQ: Which museum do you frequent most often?
Judith: All the New York City art museums, but my favorites are the Museum of Modern Art and The New Museum. Whenever there's a new exhibit, I carve out time to see it. One of the perks of living in New York City is all the great art. I also visit many art galleries to see what's new and cutting-edge.
InsideQ: Tell us about your granddaughters.
Judith: They range in age from 5 to 17, and even the youngest has a little piece of “Ripka” in her jewelry box. I have fun watching them play in my jewelry box, much the same way I played in my mother’s. It also gives me a thrill to see them drawing and sketching. Who knows, I could have my future design team already in the family!
InsideQ: What's been one of your most rewarding career moments?
Judith: When I was invited to Washington DC by the then incumbent First Lady Hillary Clinton for a Women’s Leadership Council forum on children’s healthcare.
InsideQ: What advice would you give to an aspiring entrepreneur?
Judith: Always believe in yourself and your dreams. You can accomplish anything you put your mind to. When I look back at how and why I made certain decisions throughout my career, what makes me smile is that I created my own destiny, and it's important for an aspiring entrepreneur to know that he or she can, too. The key is to be creative and then execute. Anything is possible. As my father used to tell me, the harder you work, the luckier you get. The other piece of advice, which is applicable beyond business, is you are your own agent of change and the architect of your own life. My story is one of passion, persistence and performance, as well as a love story, a love for jewelry and my family. If an entrepreneur has a true love and passion for something and combines it with persistence and great performance, then the sky’s the limit!