Professional Insider :In the Industry
Welcome to Camp
How some jewelers spent their summer vacations learning about period
Summertime, and it was off to the 19th Annual Antique & Period Jewelry
and Gemstone Conference, July 14-18, for a throng of about 300 participants
and 25 staff members. This was the first year "Jewelry Camp" was
held at Providence College in Rhode Island and despite the minor adjustments
of settling into a new venue the conference was generally considered
the best to date. As in previous years, "Jump Start," an introductory
program for those with no previous experience in antique jewelry, preceded
the general conference on July 12-14.
The rigorous daily schedules for Jump Start and the conference included
three morning lectures for general attendance and two elective workshops
in the afternoon.
The first three evenings of the conference featured after-dinner lectures
also. Even though this made a truly rich and varied program with something
to please every interest, it created frustration because it was impossible
to take advantage of all workshops offered. The workshop topics were intriguing
in their diversity, touching on everything from Internet searches to jewelry
repair, hallmarks to pricing antique diamonds.
The conference began in earnest on the evening of July 14 with Christie
Romero presenting the results of her painstaking research in "Revising
Jewelry History." The following morning, American jewelers were highlighted
with lectures by Anthony Hopenhajm on "Seaman Schepps," Elise
Misiorowski on "Raymond Yard" and a sizzling presentation by Diana
Singer on "Oscar Heyman, Julius Cohen and Harry Winston." Other
not-able presentations in-cluded Lynn Loube speaking about "Messages
and Metaphors," Peter Shemonsky's "Enameling Techniques,"
Anna Miller speaking about "Cameos," Joyce Jonas on "Lalique
and the Symbolists" and C.R. "Cap" Beesley on the problems
every jeweler faces in "Gemstone Enhancements & Their Liabilities."
A lobster bake on Friday evening had everyone up to their elbows in drawn
butter. After the last morsel was consumed and the butter wiped off chins
and fingers, the entire faculty participated in "Ask the Experts,"
where conference attendees lined up to find out more about puzzling pieces
in their possession.
On the last day of the conference, Gloria Lieberman provided insight
into the "Changing Auction Market," and Judy Rudoe of the British
Museum discussed "Finger Rings." The ever-popular "Show & Sell"
concluded the conference, with dealers in the group setting up booths to
display their jewelry and participants and staff shopping happily for bargains.
Joyce Jonas was conference director; Antoinette Matlins was recovering
from pneumonia but nevertheless gave 12 lectures on gem identification,
pearls and gems in antique jewelry; and Peter Shemonsky gave nine lectures
and filled in for Joseph Sataloff, conference founder and former director,
who was unable to attend the event. In addition, Judy Cohen made her bookstore
booth available throughout the day.
The conference ended on a particularly high note with Jonas's announcement
that plans are in the works for a scholarship in honor of Joseph Sataloff.
Details of the scholarship will be announced at a later date.
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