Jewel grew up in California and was a natural to swing dance as well a being beautiful and sexy. During the 1940s, Jewel would dance in many contests with dean as well as perform with him in motion pictures. Jewel danced with Dean Collins for over ten years on and off the screen. Jewel has been said to be 'the greatest female swing dancer that ever lived.'
Her style can be seen in many swing dance movies of the past, as well as in many swing dancers of today, emulating her unique style, today known as Hollywood style. Her cool relaxed style and smooth movement made her a joy to watch. Jewel's "Switches" were unmatchable.
Jewel was inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame in 1990 (Stellar Star Award.)