Jewel grew up was born in San Francisco but grew up in Southern California. She was a natural to swing dance as well as being beautiful and sexy. During the 1940s, Jewel would dance in many contests with Dean Collinsas 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.'
She was described as a quiet girl with a nice demeanor. 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 unique "Switches" were unmatchable. Jewel was inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Famein 1990 (Stellar Star Award.) Jewel passed away from cancer in 1962. She is interred at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, Ca.