DIAMONDS AND SCOUNDRELS-- MY LIFE IN THE JEWELRY BUSINESS
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH AT 7PM
Chaucer's Books is pleased to welcome entrepreneur and memoirist, Adrienne Rubin, as she launches her new book about her adventures and escapades in the fine jewelry business.
When Adrienne Rubin enters into the jewelry business in 1970s Los Angeles, she is a maverick in a world dominated by men. She soon meets a young hotshot salesman who doesn't seem to struggle at all, and when he asks her to be his partner, she is excited to join him. She doesn't know him well, but she does know his father, and she believes he is as trustworthy "as the day is long." Diamonds and Scoundrels depicts how a woman in a man's world, with tenacity and sheer determination, can earn respect and obtain a true sense of accomplishment. Following Rubin's experiences in the jewelry industry through the '70s, '80s, and '90s, this is a tale of personal growth, and how she overcame challenges with courage and resilience. It's a story for women seeking a self-realized, fulfilling path toward a life well lived.
"…a lucid exposé of the jewelry industry." -- Kirkus
"Steeped in women’s empowerment and behind-the-scenes candor, Diamonds and Scoundrels is an entertaining memoir about entrepreneurship." -- Foreword Reviews.
Originally a high school French teacher, Adrienne Rubin published two cookbooks before making the decision to become an importer of fine jewelry, selling to the trade. She did business with stores all across the country, and eventually opened Avanti Fine Jewelry, her own jewelry store in Beverly Hills. Today she pursues other investments while spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren in Los Angeles.