With more than 20 years’ experience in the jewelry industry, Claire Runken definitely knows her profession. As a passionate and successful product developer with a strategic focus on Europe, Claire enjoys an excellent reputation in the market. Her main strength, developed over several years, is the implementation of correctly priced, market-driven jewelry designs.
Claire’s experience reflects a diverse background garnered while living in several European countries. In fact, her life’s several twists have turned out to be a definite advantage.
Born in Bremen, Germany, Claire headed to Switzerland after completing her economic studies. She then went on to study French and history in Paris. Managing different start-up companies across several industries, Claire established business and subsidiary offices for these companies while living in Rome for six years and at the Costa del Sol, Spain for five years.
During the 90s, Claire completed a degree in International Business & Marketing at the North London University. Entering the jewelry industry shortly thereafter, Claire worked for one of the world’s biggest jewelry manufactures. Headquartered in England, this company also had production facilities and offices in China, Hong Kong and Thailand.
Once again living in Germany, Claire, together with her partner Roger Zuschlag, are now part of the Gem Adventurer™ team. They specialize in business and product development for the European market with a focus on direct response home shopping television. As part of Gem Adventurer™, Claire and Roger frequently travel to Asia to discover new and fascinating gemstones. In close collaboration with the team’s jewelry designers, they then develop new products and collections for the European market.