Speakers

Amanda Triossi, Rome Italy, is a jewelry historian, consultant to luxury jewelry companies and independent lecturer on the history of jewelry design. She holds an F.G.A. (Fellow Gemmological Association of Great Britain) and degree in art history from Cambridge (UK). She is an authority on Bvlgari, having curated several worldwide exhibits, authoring multiple works on the jeweler and numerous other topics. Amanda was an auctioneer and educator for Sotheby’s where she created Understanding Jewelry with Amanda Triossi, a comprehensive course on Western jewelry. Amanda is returning for her second NWJC.  Read on…

Carol Elkins, San Francisco, CA, is a senior vice president for the Jewelry department at Sotheby’s and regarded by dealers and collectors as a leading specialist in antique and period Jewelry. Carol is a frequent lecturer at museums and jewelry conferences, former President and long-standing member of the American Society of Jewelry Historians and a Graduate Gemologist (GIA). She has contributed to Gems & Gemology and written numerous articles on period Jewelry styles for Sotheby’s publications. She holds a degree in Art History and Classical Civilization from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Diana Singer, is owner of D & E Singer, New York, a buyer and seller of estate jewelry. She is a Graduate Gemologist (GIA) and President of the American Society of Jewelry Historians. Diana has taught at many conference and trade venues throughout her career as well as every Northwest Jewelry Conference. Her vibrant NWJC presentations have brought jewelry history to life and she has contributed to our course development.

Peter Shemonsky, San Francisco CA, is an accomplished bench jeweler and Graduate Gemologist (GIA) with extensive experience in the auction markets. He wrote the Antique Jewelry course for the International Society of Appraisers, has made numerous appearances on the PBS Antiques Roadshow, and was an original NWJC educator, following his period jewelry classes at the Northwest Gemological Institute. Peter is currently with The RealReal, Inc.

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Ulysses Grant Dietz is the immediate past Chief Curator of the Newark Museum, Newark, NJ. In his 37 year career, Ulysses added greatly to the collection and stature of the museum and curated over 100 exhibitions including those of his published works: “The Glitter and the Gold – Fashioning America’s Jewelry” and From Pearls to Platinum to Plastic”, NWJC presentations in 2016. Now working on writing a family history this will mark his third NWJC.

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Suzanne Martinez is a highly credentialed graduate gemologist, jewelry appraiser, jewelry historian and the curator for the jewelry collection of Lang Antiques, San Francisco, CA, buying from sellers throughout the world. Suzanne founded Antique Jewelry University through Lang, which offers a wealth of period jewelry education in on-line. She has made numerous presentations, including AGS Conclave and, with Starla will be providing her first for our conference.

Starla Turner is the staff gemologist at Lang Antiques in San Francisco, CA. Her position involves assessing the elements of the vintage jewelry-metals, method and era of manufacture, diamond grading, colored stone identification, and makers mark/hallmark identification. Starla is both a GG and FGA, a tutor for the British Gemmological Association of Great Britain and instructed at the Revere Academy. She and Suzanne will be making their first NWJC presentation.