Meet The Team
Custom Manager, Diamond Dazzler
My love affair with jewelry started young. I still wear my first gold baby ring although it doesn't quite fit the same as it did when I was a baby. I remember walking by After Midnight Jewelers when I was in high school wishing to be able to work there. It didn't take long for my dream to come true. I was working in a dreadful corporate retail job when Scott rescued me! I’m so glad he did. I've grown a lot as a person working here. I used to be very quiet and extremely shy. All of our wonderful clients helped bring me out of my shell. Having something like a love for jewelry in common with every person who walks through our door makes work not feel like work at all.
When I'm not working I love to cook. My fiance, Aaron, is always a willing guinea pig. I haven't made a thing that he hasn't liked. His favorite by far has been Gnocchi. Although I'm not sure he could tell you what they’re called. I remember being young and “helping” my mom make dinners. That's where it all started, in my first apartment, I remember craving my mom’s red sauce. I called her for the recipe and she told me “my nose will know when I get it right” and I figured it out myself. When it was time for Aaron and I to buy our house in 2019 I based most of my house buying decision on how much cabinet space I would have in the kitchen. I spent so much time in the kitchen that I wasn't willing to sacrifice what I wanted in that regard.
I like to call the amazing people I work with my strange little work family, and it's true, I've never worked with a better group of people.
Collette was born and raised in Westchester, New York, graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelors in Psychology, and moved to Vermont with her family a few years ago.
In her free time, she enjoys time with her dog Monte Cristo, cheering on the Ole Miss Rebels, working out, the lake, baking, and traveling.
She has been with After Midnight Jewelers since 2019 where she enjoys learning couples’ stories and drooling over jewelry. Collette’s favorite jewelry typically features diamonds set in rose gold.
She loves using her creativity to design one-of-a-kind custom jewelry for couples and upcoming generations to cherish.
With her student-mentality, she is passionate about ongoing industry research, and taking jewelry education courses to assist customers in delivering a smile to the face of their loved ones.
Before moving to the beautiful state of Vermont, I grew up in New York City and spent time living in Pennsylvania. I have 4 wonderful children; 3 daughters and a son. Outside of work, I love music, movies and playing sports especially baseball, basketball, football, tennis, and cycling.
Never had I envisioned working in a jewelry store. I had some knowledge of jewelry and an appreciation for a few family heirloom pieces I had inherited, but I did not foresee the wonderful journey I would take when I started here at After Midnight.
I am thankful to Scott for the opportunity. He invested in me to become DCA Diamond Certified, which has enhanced my ability to speak confidently to my clients about diamonds and the beautiful pieces they purchase.
I enjoy working at After Midnight, because I have an outgoing personality and enjoy meeting new people. I’m also fluent in 3 languages (English, Spanish, and American Sign Language) all which has been an advantage when working with the public in my various professions
As I continue this journey working in a fine jewelry store, I look forward to increasing my expertise in this field and making a difference in the lives of people I meet.
Come see me in the store – I can’t wait to meet you!
I started working at After Midnight in July of 2018 and quickly found a passion for the Jewelry industry. Scott was willing to take a chance on me even though I was still in high school at the time and I will be forever grateful that he did. The team here at After Midnight has become my family and I can’t imagine my life without them.
I’ve learned and grown a lot through each experience I’ve had here and became DCA Diamond Certified. I continue furthering my ability to assist our clients with finding the right jewelry to fit their personal styles and sentimental moments. I look forward to getting to meet new people everyday and always enjoy seeing familiar faces when they return.
Outside of After Midnight I am a makeup artist and am currently studying at a film based makeup school in Los Angeles, CA. When I’m not creating different makeups I’m likely spending time with my wonderful family and of course my four-legged friends (some of which I’ve met right here at AMJ!) Since my first day I knew I would always consider After Midnight Jewelers a home away from home and I’m certain that you will feel the same.
Liaison to the Humane Society of Chittenden County
I have been the official liaison between After Midnight Jewelers and the Humane Society of Chittenden County for over 6 years! I have helped support and place hundreds of cats and dogs, my unwavering love for all people and pets has been an inspiration to everyone I meet. Woof!
Stones and gems have always been special to me.
I started cutting stones when I was 12 years old. There was just something about the colors and smooth surface that intrigued me then, and still does now. That was over 50 years ago. My career has taken many twists and turns, starting with fairs and craft shows. For 8 years in the 80's and 90's, I was "Ye Old Gem Cutter" at the NY Renaissance Faire. I sold handmade magic wands set with crystals and gems and one of a kind earrings over the course of 64 weekends.
For over 20 years I attended the Tucson gem and mineral shows and saw everything magical that our solid earth has to offer. Phenomenal star sapphires, bicolor ametrines straight from Bolivia, imperial topaz from Oro Preto, Brazil and on and on.
In 1989, I opened After Midnight in the University Mall. We were open there for 30 years. 362 days per year. In November 2019, I moved across the street to the Blue Mall to get bigger, more private, personal space.
The same magic goes into all of my custom work and repairs to this day.
Our space is now one of the safest shopping environments in the state with a NASA technology state of the art air purification system.
Our store is now private, personal, and protected.
We love our new home. Please visit us and feel the magic.