We have a dynamic team of jewellery consultant experts at Jenna Clifford. We asked our team of sales executives and designers a few questions (how did they come to know Jenna, what they do within their roles, why they chose this profession and what they do in their spare time) in order for you to get to know them better.
ANN TOERIEN, Design Consultant
I first met Jenna when I visited Annette at the Morningside studio in 1996. As a design consultant I am involved in the sale of jewellery from our ready to wear collections, jewellery remodellings and the design of bespoke jewellery for clients looking for something unique. I love working with people, seeing them satisfied with a beautiful purchase. I spend my free time on our farm in the Waterberg, outdoors is where I love to be!
ANNETTE PALFRAMAN, Senior Design Consultant
Jenna and I met close to thirty five years ago when Jenna was running her own swimming school. Jenna taught my two sons to swim, they were 5 and 8 years of age at the time. As a senior design consultant I specialise in bespoke creations and remodellings for clients and I also design jewellery for our ready to wear collections. I studied drafting many years ago but never did I dream of working in the jewellery industry. It was Jenna who convinced me that I should consider a career in the jewellery industry when we met. I always loved design and I love meeting and working with people – so this really was the perfect career for me. When I first joined Jenna I worked alongside her as her assistant and a few months into the job Jenna noticed that I had potential. I thank her every day for that insight as I know that this is my perfect career designation. In my free time I love spending time with my animals, gardening, cooking.
BERNIE BROSKIE, Senior Sales Consultant
I had always known about Jenna Clifford, having worked in the jewellery industry for many years. Whilst working at another jeweller in Sandton, I was approached by Jon Kotze to come in for an interview with Jenna Clifford, some might call it chance I like to think of it as destiny – and that’s how I came to work for Jenna Clifford! As a senior sales consultant I work with ready to wear collections, engagement rings, corporate gifting, remodellings and bespoke designs for clients who want to commission something special. I have a real passion for Jenna’s work and have always loved the fact that we have a very special brand with such unique designs, all driven by a larger than life personality that is found in Jenna! I like to spend my spare time with my precious family and have been known to always have a bottle of bubbly going with customers and friends (in and out of the office!)
JON KOTZE, Senior Sales Executive
Jenna and I met at dinner in 1992, Jenna was then dating my brother, Dex. They soon got married and I joined the growing family business in 1993. As a senior sales executive I am involved in sales of our ready to wear collections, combined with bespoke commissions and remodellings. I also have a passion for diamonds and love to get involved in teaching clients all about diamonds – their grading, colour, cuts and clarity. I also specialise in advising clients on investment diamonds, precious and semi-precious stones and cultured pearls. As a man who loves watches – I also enjoy selling Tag Heuer and Victorinox Swiss Army watches. In my spare time you will find me gardening, horse riding or taking the JC guard dogs out for their daily exercise. I have a passion for fitness too!
LESLEY MCKNIGHT, Sales Executive
I have known Jenna personally for many years and was further inspired when working with Jenna when presenting the Dream Big trophy to Robin Sharma when he visited South Africa a few years ago. As a Sales Executive I am involved with all aspects of the brand (design, remodelling, engagement rings) and I also specialise in corporate gifting strategies for corporates looking to make their mark and strategically gift their clients. Why did I choose this profession? My inquisitive nature to understand the in depth alchemistic primordial gem world thereby empowering all who seek its creative magic. I love reading, walking in nature, deeper learning.
VENESSA MERTZ, Personal Assistant to Annette Palframan
I met Jenna 10 years ago when I came for my first interview as a Personal Assistant for Annette.
As a Personal Assistant to Annette I do all her diary bookings, liaising with clients and complete our client valuations for insurance purposes. I am a people person and like to inter act with people and assist where I can. I spend my free time with my family, they are very precious to me. I also enjoy reading in my spare time.