Tuesday, December 21, 2010

New Seminar Posted on Website

Nicolas Luchsinger, Van Cleef & Arpel’s (Morning Lecture)
Unique pieces and prestigious special orders :
an illustration of
Van Cleef & Arpels creativity

Masterpieces in the heart of the royal romances and historical events throughout the continents  and in the hearts of the stars, from screen icons to divas.

If you have not yet registered please do so as soon as possible as space is filling quickly.  Call Sandy for Group and Student discounts.  631-471-1922

Happy Holdiays!!

Sandy Lewand

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New Seminar Posted on Website

Harrice Miller 

Bling’s the Thing

For eons humankind has found a way to express individuality, creativity, status and community through personal adornment. For modern women it often takes the form of jewelry and in the 20th century to the present time, costume or fashion jewelry has allowed both designers and wearers to express themselves with the unfettered usage of materials and imagination.

Harrice Miller will illustrate colorful examples of breathtaking costume jewelry from the 1930s up to the present time including designers Chanel, Haskell, Kenneth Jay Lane, Mazer, Marcel Boucher, Eisenberg, Trifari, Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, Prada, Vera Wang, Lanvin, Marni and others.  Modern day couture designers have entered an age of celebrating the sparkle and glamour costume jewelry lends to their creations, as seen in the pages of the leading fashion magazines and on the runways of New York, Paris, London and Milan.

Not registered yet?  It's not too late!  Call Sandy 631.471.1922 or email

Harry Winston

Tom Burstein of "Harry Winston" to speak on "The Evolving History of Harry Winston" on January 23, 2011 at Jewelry Camp to be hosted at FIT in New York City.  To register call Sandy at 631.471.1922 or email

Saturday, December 11, 2010

New Seminar Posted on Website

Reema Keswani, Golconda
Antique Diamonds: From Golconda and Beyond
We will begin our journey at the fabled mines of Golconda, in India, which produced some of the most sought after diamonds, including the legendary Hope & the Kohinoor diamonds. Long considered the jewel in India's crown, Golconda was the world's only and most important source of diamonds for centuries. We will then explore the history and lore of antique diamonds from Brazil and South Africa, important new diamond sources during the 19th and 20th centuries, and trace the evolution of diamond cuts, including the rose-cut, the old mine cut and the Asscher-cut diamond. Finally, we will end with examples of the use of antique cutting styles in jewelry, including the current resurgence in popularity of these cuts with twentieth century designers.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Join Us!

Join us at “FIT”, January 23, 2011
For the First One Day Jewelry Camp
Join us January 23, 2011 for an educational day at The Fashion Institute of Technology.  The day begins with 2 main room lectures with Tom Burstein of “Harry Winston” and Nicolas Luchsinger of “Van Cleef & Arpel’s.”  A luncheon (included) will follow the morning lectures after which we will have 3 Breakout Sessions consisting of 4 classes each session.  The classes are approximately 1 1/2 hours each (some classes may run over by a few minutes due to questions and answers.)
Speakers for the Breakout Sessions to Include:
Donna Bilak
Harrice Miller
Ulysses Grant Dietz
Cindy Edelstein
Reema Keswani
Michael Coan
Registration is limited to 125.  
$295.00 (includes luncheon)
Special Group and Student Discounts Available.
Please call for more information  631.471.1922 or 631.377.9766

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Summer Dates For Jewelry Camp 2011

We are please to announce the dates for the Summer Session of Jewelry Camp 2011.  The dates and location are as follows:

July 22, 23 and 24th, 2011
Hofstra University


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Happy Holidays to Everyone!!!!

Sandy and Edward
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wallis Simpson's jewels sell big at London auction

Wallis Simpson's jewels sell big at London auction

A set of jewels once owned by American socialite Wallis Simpson — the woman who wooed King Edward VIII from the British throne — fetched nearly 8 million pounds ($12.5 million) at auction late Tuesday.
Sotheby's said it sold the entire complement of 20 brooches, bracelets and other gems, highlights of which included an onyx and diamond Cartier bracelet in the shape of a panther; a jewel-encrusted flamingo clip and a heart-shaped brooch with the initials W.E. — Wallis and Edward — commissioned for the couple's 20th wedding anniversary.
Click image to see photos of the jewels

Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
The dramatic, emerald-eyed panther bracelet was the star of the sale, despite a few missing stones. Sotheby's said it sold for 4.5 million pounds, the highest price it'd ever received for a bracelet at auction.
All the jewels once belonged to Simpson and Edward, who abdicated to marry the twice-divorced 40-year-old in 1937.
Their relationship caused a scandal that culminated when the king made an abdication broadcast to the nation in December 1936, declaring "I have found it impossible ... to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love." The British government opposed the king's marriage to Simpson, leaving him little choice if he wanted to marry her.
David Bennett, head of Sotheby's jewelry for Europe and the Middle East, said last month that the gems represented "the most important jewelry collection put together in the 20th century."
The items were last sold in 1987, as part of a Sotheby's auction that fetched $50 million, still a record for a jewelry collection. Sotheby's would not disclose the identity of the current seller.
The story of Edward and Mrs. Simpson continues to fascinate, and is currently being turned into a movie, "W.E.," directed by Madonna.
The identity of the jewels' purchaser wasn't made public.

Fantastic fakes Get into the pleasures of oldtime costume jewelry

Forget the diamonds, girls! OK, don't forget them exactly, but don't overlook the next best thing — vintage costume jewelry.

Many wonderful designers from the 1930s, '40s, '50s and even '60s made beautiful, colorful and imaginative pieces. They started out as a way to offer affordable jewelry to the masses, and the good thing is, they are still relatively inexpensive today.
These pieces are great to wear, fun to collect and make terrific gifts. There's quite an assortment, too.
With all types of different looks, from Art Deco, to Victorian, Egyptian, Asian, Renaissance and quirky Pop Art, there's something to suit every taste.
Some of the more popular designs got their inspiration from nature, with flower themes, fruit, birds and bugs. Some were more elegant, depicting ballet dancers, crowns or swirly ribbons and bows. Others were simply abstract.
Designers from these years often used rhinestones to simulate the diamond effect. But they were so pretty, women didn't mind that they were "fake."
They could be clear rhinestones or colorful ones, creating striking, glittery looks on pins, necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
Other materials used included copper, wood, shell, enamel and Bakelite, an early plastic popular in the '30s and '40s.
These days, the fun of collecting vintage jewelry is in the search.
As most antique shops and flea markets offer some assortment, you never know what unique piece you're going to find. And prices can range from a few dollars to a few hundred if it's a rare, signed piece.
If you're in the market for vintage costume jewelry, keep the following in mind.
• Condition. The most common problem with most costume jewelry is missing stones. It's hard to spot on a first look.
Don't let the glitter blind you. Take a good, hard look with a jeweler's loupe, if possible, to make sure all are there.

If you're really in love, don't fret, it's possible to find a jeweler who could replace a stone, but of course you will pay for this service, so keep that in mind when pricing it out.

Other problems include broken clasps (or sometimes missing clasps), dents or scratches.


• Quality. When you pick up a vintage pin or bracelet, take note of how it feels. The better-made items will generally feel a little heavier than cheaply made ones.
Turn it over and look at how it was put together. After you look at enough of this type of jewelry, you'll get a feel as to which pieces show the better craftsmanship.
Are the colors bright? Do those rhinestones shine? Does the clasp look like it was professionally made?
• Signatures. Not all vintage jewelry will be signed, but the very good pieces generally are.
Familiarize yourself with some of the designer names. You'll soon be able to spot your favorites.
Some very collectible designers from these years are Haskell, Trifari, Florenza, Coro, Mazer, Boucher, Hobe and Vendome.
Of course, there are many more. Go online or get a book that will tell you the many different names to look for.
If you're looking for something special to wear this holiday season, remember, glitter never goes out of style.
Karen Orloff is a children's book author and co-owner of the Dew Drop Inn Antiques Center in Philipstown. Her column appears every other week. Reach her at

Good Morning!

Good Morning!

If you would like to promote your business on the Jewelry Camp Blog and/or website please contact Sandy at  Space is limited!


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

We would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving from our Family to Yours!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Great New Book for Your Collection

Elizabeth Irvine Bray

Paul Flato
Jeweler to the Stars
Elizabeth Irvine Bray
Antique Collectors’ Club ٠ 9781851496242
$85.00 Hardback ٠ 10x13 inches ٠ 224 pages
A tribute to the life and work of the original Hollywood
jeweler - Paul E. Flato (1900-1999)
Paul Flato: Jeweler to the Stars celebrates the work of Hollywood's
first celebrity jeweler. The lavishly illustrated book will feature
stunning examples of the jewels as well as the stars, socialites
and heiresses who wore them. At the height of Flato's career, he
was more famous than Tiffany & Co. or Harry Winston.
Branching into motion pictures at the pinnacle of Hollywood's
Golden Era, Flato designed jewelry for a total of six films,
including Holiday (1938) with Katherine Hepburn and the
disastrous flop, Two Faced Woman (1941), the last film Greta
Garbo ever made. But, in 1943 at the peak of his celebrity, Flato
found himself facing financial ruin and heading "up the river" to
Sing Sing Prison as his career and reputation plummeted. Now,
more than a half-century later, Flato's distinctive jewelry, still
fresh and chic, has reemerged to a new audience and jewelry
connoisseurs alike. The book will be a tribute to one of
America's greatest jewelers.
As well as images of the jewelry, sourced from auction houses
and private collections, this book includes never-before-seen
photographs from the Flato family archives, important New York
and Hollywood clients wearing Flato’s designs, film stills, studio
Publishing October 2010
A Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America in New York, Elizabeth Irvine Bray was a
jewelry specialist with Christie's auction house for over 7 years. She is currently a consultant and appraiser
based in Los Angeles.
Press Contact

Lisanne Beretta, ACC Distribution, 6 West 18th Street, 4B, New York, NY 10011
T 212-645-1111 E W

Monday, November 15, 2010

Oz. Pt added to design contest prize

New York—Metal supplier and refiner Johnson Matthey NY is adding one troy ounce of pure platinum to the prize package offered for its new platinum jewelry design contest.

The ounce, which is the equivalent of 20 pennyweights, is intended to help the contest winners—three will be chosen in total—craft the piece they sketched out to enter. The ounce is an addition to the $30,000 in prizes already on the table for the contest's trio of victors.

The "Johnson Matthey Sustainable Design Award" contest is open to American-based emerging designers—those with less than five years' design experience, postgraduates or those in their final year of school—whether independent or working for a manufacturer or retailer. Designers who wish to enter should submit a drawing or image of a unique, wearable and sustainable piece in 950 ppt platinum to Though stones and other materials can be included, the design should be predominately platinum.

The deadline for entries is Nov. 25. Only the three competition winners selected by the judges will have to make their pieces. Winning pieces will be on display at an invitation-only cocktail party during the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America's (MJSA) Expo on March 15 in New York City.

For more information on Johnson Matthey NY sustainability, visit For contest questions, e-mail Johnson Matthey's Mark Danks at or call (212) 245-6790.

Award sponsors include Platinum Guild International, Rare Creative, Carrera Casting Corporation and media sponsor MJSA.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Womens Jewelry Association Holiday Party

 If you haven't registered for the Women's Jewelry Associations annual holiday party time is running out!  Just click on the link to get started. 

See you there!


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

2000-2010: GIA’s Fall Gems & Gemology Reviews

Have you registered for The Jewelry Camp Day at FIT?
$295.00-January 23, 2011
9 am to 6 pm
Includes Luncheon
Tom Burstein of Harry Winston and Nicolas Luchsinger of VCA
Contact Sandy 631.471.1922

2000-2010: GIA’s Fall Gems & Gemology Reviews
Decade of Gemological and Industry Developments

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Nov. 2, 2010 – The Fall 2010 issue of Gems & Gemology (G&G), now available, focuses on major industry developments that shaped the millennium’s first decade. This special edition of the quarterly scientific journal, published by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), features a retrospective on changes in marketing and distribution, gem localities, treatments and analytical techniques.

The lead story, by Russell Shor and Robert Weldon, examines the milestone events that impacted the way diamonds, colored stones and pearls were bought and sold in the past decade. From De Beers’ abandonment of its single-channel distribution role, to the rise of online retail and the controversies surrounding “blood” diamonds, the article covers the most significant industry trends.

Another G&G story, by Dr. James Shigley and coauthors, summarizes the new diamond, colored stone and pearl sources of the millennium, as well as known localities that remain active. The article includes a stylish wall chart of major world gem-producing regions, a comprehensive table of colored stone localities, and supplemental resources in the online G&G Data Depository. 

A decade that began with high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) color enhancement of diamonds also witnessed the beryllium diffusion of sapphire and many other challenging and controversial processes. Shane McClure heads a report on the sophisticated new gem treatments of the 2000s and methods of identifying them.

The final article, by Dr. Christopher M. Breeding and coauthors, examines the technological innovations that have shaped gemology in recent years. These include chemical microanalysis techniques, real-time fluorescence and X-ray imaging, and nanoscale analysis.

“These four retrospective articles deliver timely knowledge for every gem and jewelry professional,” said G&G editor-in-chief Alice Keller. “In chronicling the past decade, they offer essential insight on the state of the industry today.”

In addition, a retrospective article on synthetics and simulants will appear in the Winter 2010 issue of G&G.

To purchase the Fall 2010 G&G or to subscribe, visit, contact circulation coordinator Martha Rivera at or call toll-free (800) 421-7250, ext. 7142. From outside the U.S. and Canada, call (760) 603-4000, ext. 7142.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween! Watch out for the spooks :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Upcoming Industry Events

If you have an event that you would like to include on the website please forward to me @

Have a Great Day!

Sandy Lewand

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Couple of Seminars Available at Jewelry Camp in January at FIT!

Donna Bilak
The Rise and Fall of the French Crown Jewels: A Biography of an Auction

The 1887 auction of the French Crown Jewels by decree of the French Third Republic was a major event that resonated around the world. Essentially, the republican government that replaced the overthrown emperor Napoleon III intended to scatter these historic symbols of royalty to foreclose any attempt to restore the monarchy. But for the French jewelers whose creations made the collection famous, it was their reputation and cultural heritage that was on the block. And for the American jewelry house Tiffany & Co., it was the making of a market. This lecture explores the collection from various angles, considering the interrelationship between Empress Eugénie’s taste in floral jewelry, 19th-century botany, and the aesthetic of the French Crown Jewels during the Second French Empire; the role of the collection in Belle Époque society on both sides of the Atlantic; and the ramifications of the auction itself in terms of the design and production of European and American haute joaillerie.
Cindy Edelstein, Jeweler's Resource
How to Grow Your Business & Connections Using Social Media

Everyone is twittering but how do you make sure you don't sound like a twit? They're all on Facebook but who should you friend? And "like"? And more importantly, who will friend you? And why?
Spend 60 minutes with Cindy Edelstein and explore your options, learn who's doing what online and how you can jump into the social networking fray and have it be more than a fun time zapper. If you're not networking online you're not in the game and you're not maximizing your professional marketing.
Learn how to help your business reach out to today's fans and the next luxury consumer - the Gen Y shopper who's totally plugged in and interested in information, connection and 24/7 communication.

I will be posting the seminars as available!

A Great Story...

The link below goes to a fellow Jewelry Camp Attendee from Belgium, this is such an awesome ring and an even better story to go with it!

Enjoy everyday,


Friday, October 22, 2010

You Will be Missed Barry!

It is with great sadness to inform you of the passing of Barry Weber.....

 Barry Weber was president of Edith Weber Inc. of Madison Avenue in New York City. Edith Weber Antique Jewelry has specialized in fine antique jewelry for more than 50 years. 
Barry Weber has dealt in fine antique jewelry for more than 30 years. He grew up in the antiques business, living in his grandparents' antiques shop as a child and assisting in all facets of that business. He traveled throughout Europe and the United States with his mother, Edith, in search of rare antique jewels for their growing clientele throughout the 1970s and 80s. Edith Weber Jewelry was a featured exhibitor at fine antiques shows throughout the United States for more than 30 years. In recent years the Webers have concentrated their efforts on their three retail locations at the historic Carlyle Hotel in New York City. Edith Weber's Carlyle stores attract an international clientele of celebrities, collectors, and connoisseurs.
Mr. Weber is a member of the Appraisers Association of America and the Jewelry Historians Society of America. He has taught antique jewelry appraisal classes at several colleges and universities, pioneering a series of revolutionary hands-on seminars teaching the intricacies of the identification and evaluation of antique jewelry to novices and seasoned industry professionals both. Mr. Weber created and supervised the institution of jewelry-vetting standards for all antiques shows managed by the Antiques Council of America and served as chairman of the Jewelry Standards Committee for the Los Angeles Antiques Show for 13 years. He has appraised jewelry for ANTIQUES ROADSHOW since 1996.
Barry along with Jewelry Camp, founded the "Christie Romero Scholarship" to Jewelry Camp in 2009 after Christie's long and courageous fight with cancer.  We will continue this scholarship in honor of them both.

Edward & Sandy Lewand

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

This looks like a great way to spend the day!


 Madeline Winn 516 315-3102  Http://
Thurs Oct 21st  Cleanout Sale in Oceanside & Fri/Sat/Sun Oct 22/23/24th Mini-Mansion in Great Neck

We are having 2 Unique Sales this week:

Oceanside: Thursday, Oct 21st @ 29 Irma Dr from 9:30-1:30 a partial contents sale with lots of smaller items to look at. She is an artist and there are stone sculpting tools, clothes, lots of ceramics, bricbrac, kitchen stuff, furnishings, etc!

                                                                CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS! 
                                            AND FOR DIRECTIONS!!

Great Neck: Fri/Sat/Sunday Oct 22nd, 23rd & 24th @ 37 Hawthorne Lane, a mini-mansion! Each day from 9:30-4:00  This Estate is TOTALLY loaded with Quality! We have rooms just loaded with fine art, Bronzes, Rosewood Dining Table, 8 Chairs, Breakfront, Sideboard, Bedroom Set, Desks, Kitchenware, Wedgewood, Crystal, Lalique, Fine Porcelain, More Clothes, Shoes and Pocketbooks then you can even imagine, Loads of Bric Brac, LP's, 45's, Audio Mixer...professional, Clowns, Some Stereo Equip, Barware, Coffee Tables, Lots of Lladros,....just about anything you can possibly imagine is in this home!! Don't miss this sale.

Directions and photos by CLICKING HERE or going to

ALSO: DON'T MISS OUR CLEANOUT SALE NEXT TUESDAY, OCT 26TH, Tuesday, 10-1:30 @ 45 Elm Drive in Roslyn. More info to follow!!

The 1st Annual Christie Romero Scholarship was presented to Alice Riordan of Aptos, Ca.  If you would like to apply for the Christie Romero Scholarship 2011 please send your essay as to why you should receive this scholarship to Jewelry Camp 2011 to: 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010



Nicolas Luchsinger, GG -Nicolas has led an interesting and diverse life
as a Captain in the Swiss army and as an attorney in his native
Switzerland. Having a passion for art, jewelry, and antiques of all kinds,
he took a position as the press officer for Christie’s in Geneva. As his
knowledge in jewelry continued to grow, he soon became a graduate
gemologist and was offered a Vice President position as Senior Jewelry
Specialist for Christie’s in New York, where he was involved with
sourcing and appraising pieces. Additionally, with his vast knowledge,
he assisted clients in understanding the history and importance of the
pieces that interested them. In 2006, after 10 years with Christie’s,
Nicolas decided to leave his Vice President position to become the Store
Director for the flagship store of Van Cleef & Arpels in New York, as well
as the Director of the Heritage Collection USA. In this position, he is able
to marry his passions of history and jewelry. He purchases pieces for
the heritage collection and collaborates on museum purchases and
exhibitions. Because of his expertise in his field, mastery of several
languages, and personality, Nicolas is frequently invited to lecture and
lead seminars the world over. Nicolas is proud of his involvement with
numerous charity events, and is always excited to share his knowledge
of estate jewelry and the rich and beautiful history of Van Cleef &

Harrice Miller is an internationally recognized jewelry historian, expert, consultant, appraiser and dealer in 20th Century vintage and couture costume jewelry. She is the author of four books about collectible costume jewelry. Three are illustrated price guides and the fourth is a coffee table book covering 30 years of Kenneth Jay Lane's career as a jewelry designer.

In 1995 Harrice pioneered the costume jewelry market for international auction house Christie’s East with the sale of "Period Couture Clothing and Costume Jewelry".  Subsequent to that highly successful auction, Harrice once again put Christie's East on the map with an important collection of French couture jewelry by legendary artisan Robert Goossens, designer for Chanel, Balenciaga, Dior and Grès.

Harrice has been featured on many television and radio broadcasts and has been the subject of articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Family Circle, Woman's World, Self, Art & Auction, Art & Antiques, Traditional Home , Town and Country and other national publications, in addition to jewelry and antique trade magazines.  She and her jewelry collection were featured in the April issue of Japanese Vogue and she lectured recently on the subject of fashion and jewelry at Yale University, Pratt Institute and for the 2010 Conference of The Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts at the University Club.

Harrice lives and works in New York City, and has traveled to the major capitals of Europe to buy and sell costume jewelry. She has an international clientele in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Canada, and South America.

Her most recent book, “Official Price Guide to Costume Jewelry, 3rd Edition” by Harrice Simons Miller was published by Crown/Random House in 2002.

In 2006 Harrice made a huge career shift and now produces East Indian classical music and dance concerts in New York City and provides Indian music for corporate and private events. However, she remains true to her first passion, vintage costume jewelry, wearing it at every opportunity and dealing in the very highest end pieces for her select roster of clients.

Please visit the website for a complete list of speakers!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Jewelry Camp in January?

Come to Jewelry Camp in January and spend the day with Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpel's, Cindy Edelstein, Reema Kewswani, Donna Bilak and more! 

The morning session will include 3 main room lectures and the afternoon will consist of 3 breakout sessions of 4 classes each.  $295.00 covers the full day, including lunch.

 Please call Sandy to register-631-471-1922 or 631-377-9766

Limited to 125 people!
To be hosted at The Fashion Institute of Technology located in New York, Ny.

January 23, 2011

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Featured Speaker for Jewelry Camp 2010

Jewelry Camp Featured Speaker

With Jewelry Camp being only 2 months away I thought it would be nice to feature all of our Speakers and the topic of the Seminars and Lectures. Today I am featuring Antoinette Matlins! I hope you enjoy! By the way, if you have not registered for Jewelry Camp yet please know that I only have a limited amount of available space left. Waiting until the last minute to register is not recommended this close to the conference!

Antoinette Matlins is an internationally respected gem and jewelry expert and well-known author and lecturer whose expertise is sought worldwide by clients who retain her to seek fine, rare, or unusual gems and jewels for acquisition. Often seen on CNN, ABC, NBC, and CNBC offering important consumer information, Matlins devotes much of her work to education and consulting within the trade. Former Gemology Editor for National Jeweler for almost a decade, she is the author of many highly acclaimed books on gems and jewelry, and has become a respected consumer advocate in the field. Her most popular books include Jewelry & Gems: The Buying Guide (now in its Seventh edition and published in seven languages), Gem Identification Made Easy; Diamonds: The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide; Colored Gemstones: The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide; and The Pearl Book.

Matlins conducts product knowledge training for some of the country’s most prestigious retailers and industry groups, and has an unsurpassed record for translating complex material into relevant, practical, and—most important—useful information. Her consulting services are broad in scope and range from providing counsel on mining and distribution to manufacturing, marketing, advertising and promotion. A former Vice President at one of New York City’s largest consumer advertising agencies, Matlins also has extensive consumer marketing, advertising and PR experience. This expertise, combined with her product knowledge, make her a valuable asset to management teams in the jewelry field nationwide.

(Main Room Lecture)

The Gem in the Jewel: Myth, Mystique & Mistakes
Antique and period jewels can contain fine, rare, natural gemstones that are no longer available or extremely rare and costly today. But if you think that “something old” is more likely to be “the real thing” you are making a potentially costly mistake! Here you will explore the wonderful opportunities and exciting bargains you can find in antiques and estate pieces while gaining insights into the risks that exist and precautions you can take to reduce the risk.

( Workshops)

Simple Techniques to Spot Imitations & the new Composition Ruby
This fun-filled workshop will enable you to learn simple techniques that will enable you to quickly and easily spot many colored gemstone imitations with a special focus on how to spot “composition rubies” – imitation rubies made from a mixture of “ruby” and tinted glass – that are now flooding the market and turning up in antique pieces. Instruments and stones will be provided for use in the class.

Simple Techniques to Spot Diamond Imitations, Fracture-Filled Diamonds, & Coated Diamonds
Imitation diamonds, diamonds treated with glass fillers to conceal
fractures, and diamonds coated with substances to create “fancy”
colors are now commonplace. They are also found in antique and
estate pieces, where buyers often fail to check for these treatments.
This workshop will teach you simple techniques to spot them!
Stones and instruments will be provided for the class.