February 9 - 12, 2018
Miami Fair Expo Center, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami, FL 33165

2017 Jewelry Series Speakers

MARIE BETTELEY
Carl Fabergé and the Royal Thai Collection

Born and raised in Paris, Ms. Betteley is a third generation jewelry dealer. As a teenager she lived on the grounds of Hillwood Museum & Garden in Washington, DC where her father was the director. Hillwood, the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, has the largest collection of Russian decorative arts outside of Russia. Marie began her career as a gemologist and was head of Christies US Russian department before beginning her own firm. She consults with auction houses, museums, and private collectors and is currently writing a book entitled Beyond Fabergé, Russian Imperial Jewelers.

 

GAIL BRETT LEVINE
Texting from the Past—Love Tokens from the Civil War Era

Gail Pix

Ms. Levine is president of Timeless, Inc. specializing in insurance, estate, claims and donation appraisals of antique, estate and contemporary jewelry, precious metals and loose diamonds and colored stones and gem consulting. She also runs the internet service Auction Market Resource for Gems and Jewelry.

In 2008, Ms. Levine revised, updated and expanded Gem & Jewelry Appraising: Techniques of Professional Practice written by Anna Miller, GG.

 

FRED GRAY
The Forgotten History of Ancient Gems

In the early 1980’s Mr. Gray joined The Gemological Institute of America as a staff gemologist. During his stint with GIA he was a diamond grader, correspondence instructor and a resident instructor. During this period he approached the Getty Museum about studying their collection of Classical engraved gems. From this study a cover article in Gems and Gemology Magazine on engraved gems evolved.

Since leaving GIA Mr. Gray has been the director of Richters of Atlanta, an estate jewelry firm specializing in twentieth century period jewelry. He has continued his interest in ancient gems.

 

GLORIA LIEBERMAN
What’s Hot in Jewelry at Auction

Gloria Lieberman
Gloria Lieberman is one of the world’s renowned experts on antique jewelry. She founded Skinner’s Fine Jewelry Department in 1980 and served as director for 31 years. Her skillful marketing and management of the department resulted in the achievement of international world record prices for estate and heirloom jewelry, gaining valuable recognition for Skinner. Gloria is also a leading auctioneer and appraiser at Skinner and responsible for a wide range of marketing activities throughout the country.

A frequent lecturer, Gloria has participated in many educational seminars including the University of Maine’s Antique Jewelry Seminar and New York University’s Jewelry Appraisers Conference in Tucson, Arizona, and has been invited to speak on behalf of the Society of Jewelry Historians at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. In addition, she has discussed artist-designed jewelry before the New York University Jewelry Studies Program and the New York State Appraisers Association.

 

YVONNE J. MARKOWITZ
Absolutely Charming: The Charm Bracelet in 20th Century America

yvonne-markowitz

Yvonne J. Markowitz is the Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry Emerita, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The first curatorship of its kind in America, Ms. Markowitz oversaw the museum’s exceptional collection of jewelry and curated several exhibitions on jewelry. She is also the past editor of the Journal of the American Society of Jewelry Historians, an editor of Adornment, the Magazine of Jewelry and Related Arts, co-director of the Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts and its conference, and the author of numerous jewelry-related books and articles. Her most recent books are Artful Adornments: Jewelry from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Jewels of Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin: A History of American Style and Innovation; and The Jewels of Ancient Nubia (with Denise Doxey).

 

SUZANNE MARTINEZ
Panel Member

Suzanne Martinez Suzanne is a highly credentialed senior gemologist, jewelry appraiser and the curator for the Lang Antique collection in San Francisco. Her jewelry credentials include: Graduate Gemologist Diploma received from the Gemological Institute of America in 1978, GIA Alumni and Associates Member and chapter officer since 1992 and National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, Senior Member. She is also a member of the Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts (ASJRA), Accredited Gemologists of America, The American Society of Jewelry Historians, the American Gem Trade Association and the International Colored Stone Association.

 

ANNAMARIE SANDECKI
The Jewels of Louis Comfort Tiffany

Annamarie has been the corporate archivist at Tiffany & Co. for 25 years. Previous to that she was on staff at the Staten Island Historical Society, N.W. Ayer and J. Walter Thompson. She writes for Jewellery History Today (The Society of Jewellery Historians Great Britain) and contributed essays to All the Ages of the World: Inspiration and Innovation from Tiffany & Co. at the World’s Fairs and Bejewelled by Tiffany: 1837-1987. Ms. Sandecki has also worked on a number of Tiffany exhibitions.

 

LOUIS SCHOLZ
Jewelry Between the Wars

Mr. Scholz is a professional gemologist and founder of FJL/Fine Jewelry by Louis, Brixton & Gill, Inc. and St. John & Myers Jewelry. In the mid-1980s he discovered his true love—antique and period jewelry. He is a member of many professional jewelry organizations including: The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, 24K Club, Diamond Council of America, American Gem Society and others.

 

 

KEN SPECT
Overview of the Current Vintage Watch Market

Ken Spect established the first serial production numbering system for Rolex Oyster Watches and founded the Spect Sheet Watch pricing guide 25 years ago. He has served as an expert witness in both Federal and State courts and valued watches for United States Customs and the DEA. He is a frequent lecturer and a member of The National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors, International Watch & Jewelers Guild, and Watch Floor Traders Association.

 

ELYSE ZORN KARLIN
Jewelry of the American First Ladies

Microsoft Word - Elyse PhotoElyse Zorn Karlin is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Adornment, The Magazine of Jewelry and Related Arts and author of the definitive book on jewelry of the Arts and Crafts movement, Jewelry and Metalwork in the Arts and Crafts Tradition as well as co-author of several other books. She is the co-director of the Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts, LLC and the Annual Conference on Jewelry & Related Arts, and is a freelance curator.

Karlin is currently working with Yvonne Markowitz, the Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry Emerita, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on a book about the jewelry of the American First Ladies and a possible exhibition and co-producing the film, A Story to Wear: A Jewelry History Documentary.