Last updateThu, 17 May 2018 7am

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.”

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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.