January 27 – 30, 2019
Miami Beach Convention Center

Jewelry History Series 2018

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 February 7, 2018
 8:15 – 9:10 am Check-in opens, continental breakfast and opening remarks — sponsored by Skinner
Speaker: Kaitlin Shinnock What’s Hot at Auction What is selling in the marketplace? What has become passe? This lecture has been a popular part of the Jewelry History Series and Ms. Shinnock will bring us up-to-date.
Speaker: Gail Brett Levine
Old European Diamonds (and Other Old Style Diamonds) at the Auction Market: From the Divine to the Sublime! A historical review of the Big Three of Old Styles Diamonds – Rose, Old European and Old Mine cut diamonds. An insider’s look at the old style diamond market values at auction. Slide examples from the current year at auction will be used to discuss these Old Style Diamonds.
Speaker: Elyse Zorn Karlin Peggy Guggenheim: Her Art, Her Lovers, and Her Jewelry Peggy Guggenheim, born into a wealthy New York family, led a colorful life spending much of it living in Europe. She is well-known for her art collection, her affairs with now famous artists and others in artistic circles, and the jewelry she accumulated during her unusual lifestyle. This lecture will interweave all of her passions into a fascinating story.
Speaker: Sarah Nehama Exploring the Use of Gemstones in Mourning & Sentimental Jewelry An exploration of the gems and minerals used in mourning and sentimental jewelry starting in the mid-17th c. to the early 20th century. This talk will discuss the symbolism of different gems, the use and availability of the varieties of gemstones over time, and typical types of cuts and settings throughout this history.
Panel Discussion: Jewels from Differing Perspectives Elyse Zorn Karlin, Gail Brett Levine, Beth Carver Wees, Suzanne Martinez, Kaitlin Shinnock
Speaker: Beth Carver Wees Power, Passion, and Provocation: Jewelry at the Met The encyclopedic collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art include nearly 10,000 pieces of jewelry representing a wide range of cultures and historic eras. Beginning in ancient Mesopotamia with excavated examples from the city of Ur and extending into the twenty-first century, the Met’s jewelry affords excellent opportunities to study its history, manufacture, and layers of meaning. In this brief romp through some of the Museum’s many treasures, we will explore how this highly personal yet deeply universal art form has retained its extraordinary powers through the millennia
Special Event — TBA
 February 8, 2018
Speaker: Jan Krulick-Belin Love and War: World War II Sweetheart Jewelry First popularized during World War I, the practice of soldiers giving “sweetheart jewelry” to their mothers, wives, and sweethearts escalated during World War II. This discussion will cover the materials, themes, contexts, and visual influences upon these patriotic and sentimental gifts. Examples from Jan’s own personal collection will be shared.
Speaker: Michelle Graff The History Behind … The Squash Blossom Necklace National Jeweler Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff digs into the history of the squash blossom necklace, one of the most iconic designs in Native American jewelry.
Her talk will explore when and how the squash blossom came to be—including how it really got its name—and the various forms it has taken over the years.
Speaker: Kim Klosterman The House of Fouquet: Three Generations of Artist-Jewelers A look at the three distinctive styles of Alphonse, Georges and Jean Fouquet. This talk explores the stylistic developments of revival, Art Nouveau and modernist Art Deco periods, and discusses the influential family that was apart of all three movements.
Speaker: John Walcher The Kalo Shop: Arts & Crafts Jewelry by the Company and its Chicago Contemporaries
The lecture will discuss Clara Pauline Barck Welles, the key founding member of The Kalo Shop, and her role in creating the most important American Arts & Crafts silversmith shop, which operated in Chicago from 1900-1970. Jewelry designs created by the firm varied in influence through the shop’s lifespan, while execution remained true to the ideology and principles of the Arts & Crafts movement. Walcher will examine the design variety and range of jewelry created by The Kalo Shop, as well as some of its Chicago contemporaries.
Special Visit to the Show Floor — Enjoy a preview of antique & period jewelry before the show opens to the public.
Closing Reception