(PRESS RELEASE) NEWARK, NJ – The Antique Jewelry & Art Conference (Jewelry Camp), a resource for antique and estate jewelry education, brings together jewelry professionals and collectors for in-depth learning and networking opportunities Oct. 26-27, 2018, at the Newark Museum in Newark, NJ. The conference includes lectures and hands-on sessions by industry leaders to facilitate attendees’ success in today’s antique, estate and vintage jewelry markets.
“I’m thrilled to partner with my colleague and friend, Ulysses Grant Dietz, Chief Curator Emeritus with Newark Museum, to bring Jewelry Camp to its new home at this unique setting, and provide attendees with access to some of the finest collections of decorative and contemporary arts from Asia, Africa, the Americas and the ancient world,” said appraisal expert and Jewelry Camp Co-Director Edward Lewand. “This year’s slate of world-renowned speakers will examine topics such as jewelry styles and motifs, the threat posed by the synthetic diamond, the expansion of the Metropolitan Museum’s American collection and much more. By moving Jewelry Camp to the fall, we’re also giving attendees the opportunity to explore the New York City Jewelry & Watch Show and TEFAF taking place the same weekend.”
Jewelry Camp opens on Friday, Oct. 26, with an art jewelry show featuring six artists showcasing their collections hosted by Donna Schneier Fine Arts, followed by a hands-on jewelry preview and cocktail reception hosted by Fortuna Auction. Saturday, Oct. 27, offers presentations led by museum curators, art history professors, historians and other industry experts, including:
- Ulysses Grant Dietz – Co-director of Jewelry Camp and Chief Curator Emeritus, Newark Museum
- Susan Abeles – Head of Department, Americas, and Senior International Specialist, Senior Vice President Jewellery at Phillips
- Donna Bilak – Early modern science historian specializing in the history of alchemy in British North America, England and the Continent.
- Beth Carver Wees – Ruth Bigelow Wriston Curator of American Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum
- Edward Lewand, GG, ASA, AAA – Co-director of Jewelry Camp and a professional, independent appraiser of fine and antique jewelry
- Janet Zapata – Independent scholar and museum consultant, specializing in jewelry and silver
All registered Jewelry Camp attendees will receive complimentary passes to the New York City Jewelry & Watch Show being held Oct. 26-29.
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