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!

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