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Registration open for 2017 Santa Fe Symposium

Premier conference for jewelry makers and educators

Santa Fe SymposiumRegistration is now open for the 2017 Santa Fe Symposium®. This year’s Symposium will be held in Albuquerque, N.M. from May 21–24.

“There is one reason I attend the Santa Fe Symposium year after year without fail: I learn more there than I do through the rest of the year,” says Eddie Bell, one of the founders of the Symposium.

Estate jewelry speakers announced for 2017 Northwest Conference


NWJC SingerThe Northwest Jewelry Conference (NWJC) has announced the lineup for its fifth year of small group estate jewelry education August 11-13, 2017 in Seattle, WA.

“Our selected instructors are asked to give insightful and original presentations to challenge a passionate group of antique and period jewelry collectors, historians, dealers and appraisers,” explains director, Ted Irwin, “and then, join them at their tables. Our emphasis is on interaction and sharing information throughout the weekend.”

Jeweler to the Russian Tsars

Previous conference attendees overwhelmingly selected Fabergé to be the featured jeweler and two experts on Russian Imperial art, John Atzbach and Dr. Karen Ketterling, will present its history and masterful jewelry art, plus important keys to unveiling counterfeits. John developed a childhood fascination into an expertise now sought out by collectors, appraisers and museum curators. Karen recently joined John Atzbach Antiques. She is an art historian, auction specialist with Sotheby’s and past curator of Russian Art for the Hillwood Museum.

In a precursor to the Fabergé session, Linda Darty will share the various techniques of The Art of Enameling, teaching how to recognize and appreciate each style with hands on examples. Linda is a master enamelist, teaching world-wide from Tuscany workshops to the renowned Revere Academy in San Francisco. She is author of the book of this session’s name.

NWJC ShemonskyBorn in the USA

Two sessions will stress an American theme. Ulysses Grant Dietz will present Made in Newark, chronicling a hundred year influence on American jewelry and Gina Latendresse will give a History of American Natural Pearls. Ulysses is the curator of the Newark Museum and co-authored “The Glitter and the Gold - Fashioning America’s Jewelry.” Gina is the President of American Pearl Company, purveyors of American natural freshwater pearls since the 1950s. She will also provide a separate, extensive, hands on workshop of Exotic Natural Pearls of the World.

In a yearly feature called Another Place and Time, Diana Singer will provide a 360° look at the society, politics and events that helped shape the jewelry worn in the 1940s.  Owner of D & E Singer and President of the American Society of Jewelry Historians, Diana has presented at every NWJC with vibrant talks past students have deemed the most enjoyable.

Peter Shemonsky is the other highly popular yearly NWJC instructor (he and Diana consistently tie for best reviews) and will give an insightful look at the Asian influences on western jewelry in East Meets West. Peter is director for Heritage Auctions, San Francisco and has an exhaustive resume as a designer, goldsmith, historian and educator.   Peter has a second presentation in the works to be announced.

NWJC octahedronEvening Reception

The meet and greet, Friday evening reception will provide a thought-provoking first session Through the Eye of Robert Weldon.   The manager of photography and visual communications for GIA, Robert has photographed some of the world’s most important jewelry and gemstones.  He will share his stories and reveal secrets for unlocking the essence of a jewel or gem, whether for a catalog or an appraisal. 

The conference runs from Friday evening, August 11 to mid-afternoon, Sunday, August 13. Tuition of $795 includes all sessions, reception, full breakfasts, lunches and snacks at Cedarbrook Lodge. Enrollment is limited to four dozen. Information updates are available at www.nwjcon.com or 425-455-0985.


GIA’s colorful lineup at Tucson 2017 Gem Shows

Alumni party, colored stone services, unique exhibits, expert talks and more

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - GIA’s not-to-miss activities and services will enrich the visitor experience at the 2017 Tucson Shows, including an out-of-this-world alumni event, show service laboratory, fascinating exhibits, expert talks and much more. The Institute will have a presence at the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) GemFair™, Jan. 31 - Feb. 5, 2017, and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show (TGMS), Feb. 9-12, both taking place at the Tucson Convention Center.

Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair coming in February

BangkokThe Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), the Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Thai government has extended an invitation for U.S. jewelers to visit the upcoming 59th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair 2017. The Fair will be held February 22-26, 2017 at the IMPACT Exhibition & Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand.

GIA’s annual Board and Research meetings bring together international experts

GIA 4 26Board welcomes Barbara Dutrow and Stephen Kahler; honors Aron Suna and Hank Siegel for their 16 years of combined service

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - GIA’s Board of Governors inducted Dr. Barbara Dutrow, Adolphe G. Gueymard Professor of Geology at Louisiana State University; and Stephen Kahler, senior vice president of global sales operations for Swarovski Gemstones, as its newest members during its November 2016 board meeting held at the Institute’s Carlsbad, Calif. headquarters. Dione Kenyon, recently-retired president and CEO of The Jewelers Board of Trade, was elected Chair of the GIA Board of Governors, seceding John Green, president and CEO of Lux Bond & Green jewelers, who remains on the board. Aron Suna and Hank Siegel, who retired from the board during the annual meeting, were honored for their years of dedicated service. Glenn Nord, former president of GIA and a member of the board since 1983, was named Governor Emeritus.

ASA announces Appraising Gems & Jewelry for Advanced Assignments: Development and Report Writing

GJ203 is a required course for accreditation as a Gems and Jewelry appraiser in the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). The advanced curriculum builds on the terminology and valuation theory learned in PG201 and GJ202. The material covered in GJ203 includes topics not taught in previous GJ Principles of Valuation (PoV) courses, such as analyzing comparable sales results and writing a convincing argument supporting the value conclusion. The course provides students with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and confidence required to complete challenging assignments such as appraising for estate tax, equitable distribution or insurance loss claim.