One of the most iconic jewelry artists of our time, Joel Arthur Rosenthal has seen his creations auction in the millions. From an unmarked storefront in Place Vendôme, Paris, he caters to an exclusive clientele for one-of-a-kind jewels. Fortunately for us, Amada Triossi is friends with the artist, very familiar with his work and will provide an in-depth look at his inspirations and impact on other designers.

A History of Cameos and Intaglios

An authority on glyptic gems, Carol Elkins will span the millennia of an art that challenges collectors and appraiser, alike. Carol will discuss materials and execution, how to evaluate quality and spot finds to establish or improve your own collection. Current auction values from different periods and styles will give a sense of what’s hot and what’s not.

The Jeweler’s Art of 1960s-70s

Characterized by abstract and organic forms, textured gold and rough crystals, jewelry designed in 1960s and early ’70s is gaining the attention of discerning collectors. With a longstanding personal interest in the period, Amanda Triossi will richly illustrate the distinctive features of these jewels and the trendsetting jewelers who made them.

Amanda will also take us behind the scenes of one of the most significant private collections in the United States which will be exhibited in a ground-breaking show, opening January 2020 at the Cincinnati Museum of Fine Arts.

The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming…

Some of the world’s wealthiest families were (and still are) from Russia with the jewels to match. Diana Singer will take us on a romp through the jewelry of Mother Russia’s Royals and oligarchs with fascinating stores of acquisition and disappearance. And, it’s not just Fabergé when it comes to the discussion Russian jewelers.

“Emergency… Everybody to get from street”.

Rough, Tumbled, Carved, and Polished

The design statements of many famous jewelers stem from the execution of the lapidary artist. Whether a rock crystal ring from Suzanne Belperron or an opal segment bracelet from David Webb, a lapidary was instrumental in creating not only a form but bringing out the character of a specific gem. From ancient beads to the marvels of the Idar Oberstein masters, Peter Shemonsky will give us a better appreciation of the lapidary arts.

Period Dating: Rings from 1900 to 1950

Accuracy in dating a piece of jewelry depends upon your recognition of what is “right or wrong” about a piece. Do the materials speak to the period? Is the fabrication and style consistent or the signature correct? These and many other observations will be examined by Suzanne Martinez and Starla Turner in a hands-on session where we will learn to identify rings of the first half of the 20th century.

Collectable Silver Jewelry

Often tied to ethic origin or style, silver jewelry offers vast opportunities for collectors and vendors. Ulysses Grant Dietz will explore this often-overlooked segment of the market, discuss makers and marks important to their identification and value.

From Creating to Liquidating Your Jewelry Collection

Your jewelry collection is an evolving entity where research, careful thought and emotion all work with – or against you. Diana Singer will guide the process, pointing out tips for starting a new collection, improving an existing one and your options when an item, or the total collection is ready to be retired.