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Edward A. Lewand, GG, ASA, AAA, is a professional, independent appraiser of fine and antique jewelry. He works with attorneys on estates, trusts, insurance matters and copyright issues; appraisal theories and concepts; and matrimonial appraising. Edward also works with international accounting firms such as KPMG and PWC with banks for inventory review, as well as appraisals for the sale of major companies. Additionally, he is retained as a business consultant by jewelry companies.

Edward earned a Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America and is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America as well as a Senior Accredited Member in Gems and Jewelry from the American Society of Appraisers.

Edward is the Co-Director of the Antique Jewelry & Art Conference (Jewelry Camp™), an international educational conference for the beginner to the advanced in antique, estate and modern jewelry, which is now in its 41st year.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • The certification process for appraisers, and why it’s important to know the background of the appraiser you’re working with.
  • The history of Jewelry Camp and who should attend.
  • The lineup of speakers and topics for the 2019 conference.
  • How Jewelry Camp exposes you to research and expert information about periods, styles, motifs and stones.

Ways to contact Edward Lewand:

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Ted Irwin is an independent appraiser of fine jewelry and gemstones, and director of the Northwest Gemological Institute and Northwest Gemological Laboratory. He provides detailed documentation on contemporary to antique fine jewelry, watches, pearls and gemstones for insurance, estate or other legal purposes. Ted is also the director of the Northwest Jewelry Conference which provides hands-on estate jewelry education. The conference is now in its seventh year and will take place August 9-11, 2019 in Bellevue, Washington.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Why Ted established the Northwest Jewelry Conference.
  • How the Northwest Jewelry Conference is different from other jewelry conferences.
  • The speakers, topics and events that will be featured in 2019.
  • How the conference has evolved through the years and who is expected to attend

How to Contact Rebecca Moskal:

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Rebecca Moskal has more than 15 years of experience in luxury and jewelry marketing. She is the founder of Communiqué, a public relations and marketing firm specializing in working with jewelry designers to help them find their point of differentiation and get noticed.

Starting her career at a notable advertising agency in New York, Rebecca honed her skills for developing strategic media campaigns for global brands. A yearning for a more diverse experience led her to begin her client-side career, which would eventually include Bulgari, David Yurman, Van Cleef & Arpels and Beaudry. She brings her knowledge and expertise assisting brands to realize their potential via brand strategy development and public relations.

Rebecca has been a member of the Women’s Jewelry Association for more than a decade, and currently serves as the International Board’s Events Chair, Vice President of the Los Angeles chapter. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Award for Excellence in Marketing and Communications.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Why authenticity and the ability to tell your story as a jewelry designer are important, and how that can translate to sales.
  • Why it is important to identify and clarify the points that differentiate you from everyone else.
  • Why public relations is an important consideration for establishing and promoting your jewelry brand.
  • When a jewelry designer or company should consider embarking on a public relations campaign.
  • Why social media is critical for marketing success and what strategies can be employed to improve your messaging.

How to Contact Rebecca Moskal:

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Marc Auclert is a jewelry designer, gemologist, historian and founder of Masion Auclert, based in the Vendôme area of Paris. Founded in 2010, Maison Auclert is the first jewelry company offering a collection of museum-worthy antiquities mounted as modern works of wearable art.

Early in his career, Marc helped launch Chanel’s fine jewelry department. His career path has taken him to places such as London, where he was the head of jewelry for Europe and Asia with Sotheby’s Diamonds, as well as Tokyo, where he was the CEO of De Beers Diamond Jewelers.

Marc is a certified gemologist by the prestigious Gemological Institute of America in New York.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • The process for creating ancient jewelry, and why Marc was drawn to work with jewels from this historical time period.
  • How Marc determines which pieces to mount as jewels.
  • Why you should evaluate a piece based on aesthetics and technical feasibility.
  • Why Marc considers his pieces to be “cerebral” jewelry.
  • Trends in the world of jewelry, and why a focus on younger buyers is important.

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Donna Schneier, owner of Donna Schneier Fine Arts, is a private dealer exhibiting at several major art fairs, including Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) and Art Palm Beach. She has donated more than 130 works to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. A selection of those pieces was presented in The Met’s book, Unique by Design: Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection, to accompany a six-month exhibition. Other pieces have been featured in The Met’s “Jewelry: The Body Transformed” and “Masterpieces” exhibitions.

Donna has continually donated work to the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), NYC, and other museums in the United States and Europe to spread the story of contemporary art jewelry. Her collections include works of art jewelry from the late 1960s to the present.

She is also one of the founders and creators of “LOOT: Mad About Jewelry,” an annual benefit exhibition and sale for Museum of Arts and Design, featuring designs from more than 50 emerging and acclaimed international jewelry artists, and “BIJOUX!,” a daring art-jewelry sale that raises money for Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida.

In 2000, Donna was recruited by Neue Pinakothek, Munich—the only museum to devote an entire floor to contemporary art jewelry—to locate American masters of contemporary jewelry. She was able to identify and purchase for the museum masterpieces by Alexander Calder, Margaret De Patta, and Robert Ebendorf, among others.

Donna is a frequent lecturer, has appeared on shows such as Antiques Roadshow and the TODAY show, and has been featured in Forbes, New York Times, Antiques and Auction Magazine and more.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Why you should educate yourself about jewelry and art pieces first, before making a purchase.
  • Why it is more difficult to build a collection of masterpieces today than it was in the 1980s.
  • How she decides what artists to bring into her gallery.
  • Why the art jewelry movement will continue to move forward and grow in the future.

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Barbara Schwartz is a vintage jewelry costume expert and the founder of TruFaux Jewels, an online boutique of exquisite costume jewelry made in Europe and North America from the 1920s-1950s. With an eye for high-quality and unusual pieces, Barbara helps women select vintage costume jewelry that expresses their personal styles and makes a statement.

A sought-after speaker, Barbara has lectured on fashion and jewelry history at numerous conferences, including the Jewelry History Series. Her articles have been published in Adornment and The VFG News, as well as online by Costume Jewelry Collectors International, Kovels and Vintage Dancer. In addition to posts on jewelry history, her blog features tips for complementing modern fashion with vintage glamour.

Barbara is a member of the Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts, American Society of Jewelry Historians, and Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG).

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Why costume jewelry became fashionable through the efforts of famous couture designers in the 1920s.
  • Why costume jewelry widely ranged in value and quality.
  • Why the Great Depression caused many fine jewelry makers to switch over to producing costume jewelry.
  • Why vintage costume jewelry has become popular again.
  • What to look for when collecting vintage costume jewelry.

How to contact Barbara Schwartz:

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Amanda Triossi F.G.A. is a jewelry historian, author, curator, lecturer on the history of Western jewelry design and consultant to luxury goods companies. She was born and educated in Rome, Italy, and obtained a History of Art degree at Cambridge University.

In 1992 at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, Amanda initiated a unique course, “Understanding Jewellery with Amanda Triossi,” the first intensive course on the history of Western jewelry. From 1997 to 2015, she was a consultant for Bulgari, heading the project of the Corporate Historical Archives and Heritage Collection. From 2009 to 2013, she curated five major exhibitions on Bulgari worldwide. She has published extensively on the history of jewelry and on Bulgari.

Today, Amanda writes, vets Bulgari jewels, gives lectures and seminars, curates jewelry-centric trips internationally, and consults for major luxury brands and private collectors.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • The experimental and non-traditional aspects of 1960s and 1970s jewelry.
  • Why this jewelry is becoming so popular now.
  • How the major jewelry houses were influenced by ‘60s and ‘70s design.
  • What features collectors should look for when starting to collect jewelry from these decades.
  • An overview of the Northwest Jewelry Conference.

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Barbara Lo Bianco is the founder and owner of BABS (Beyond Art Before Sculpture ) Art Gallery, a gallery engaged with contemporary artists to create unique pieces of jewelry. As a lover of both contemporary art and jewels, Barbara works with artists to discover new ways to express their talent and message. An entrepreneur at heart, Barbara also owns several real estate businesses and fitness centers in Milan. She often organizes exhibitions at the fitness centers to support young artists and provide an opportunity to showcase their work as well as allow people to see art in a different setting than a gallery.

Barbara began her career as a lawyer, obtaining a Master’s degree in American and International Law from Southwestern Legal Foundation and studying law at the University of Palermo. She went on to obtain an MBA from SDA Bocconi School of Management which launched her profession in the art world.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • The inspiration behind BABS Art Gallery.
  • How BABS works with artists to explore how their pieces can be turned into jewelry.
  • The materials artists work with and types of pieces they’ve created.
  • How the idea of “wearable sculpture” inspires many of the gallery’s artists to be experimental with their designs.
  • A look at upcoming BABS exhibits.

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Lisa Koenigsberg is the Founder and Conference Director of Initiatives in Art and Culture (IAC) which aims to educate diverse audiences in the fine, decorative and visual arts. Lisa has organized conferences, symposia and special sessions at universities, museums and professional organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad which explore fashion, materials and process. Her writings have appeared in books, journals, magazines and in Trendvision’s Trendbook 2018.

Lisa previously served as Advisor to the Dean for Arts Initiatives; Director, Programs in the Arts; and adjunct professor of arts, NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Additional positions include: Assistant Director for Project Funding, Museum of the City of New York; Executive Assistant, Office of the President, American Museum of Natural History; architectural historian, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; and guest curator, Worcester Art Museum and Yale University Art Gallery.

She holds graduate degrees from The Johns Hopkins University, and from Yale University where she received her Ph.D.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • The types of conferences Initiatives in Art and Culture hosts.
  • How the inspiration for the International Gold Conference developed.
  • How precious materials have gained their desirability historically.
  • What events will take place at the 2019 International Gold Conference.
  • Why the theme of this year’s New York Fashion + Design Conference is the color blue.

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Heidi Lowe is the founder and owner of Heidi Lowe Gallery, a contemporary art jewelry gallery that hosts six exhibitions each year by internationally recognized artists and also serves as a teaching space. Heidi creates jewelry drawing from nature and the history of metalsmithing. She displays her work within her gallery as well as at other galleries across the United States. Heidi’s next show, “Amend,” is set to open June 14, 2019 at Rehoboth Art League.

Prior to opening her own gallery, Heidi was the assistant director at Leo Koenig Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Chelsea, New York. She received her BFA in Metals and Jewelry from Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine and her MFA at State University of New York at New Paltz.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • What inspired Heidi to open her own jewelry gallery.
  • What she looks for when deciding which artists to sponsor.
  • How “Earrings Galore” works to expose new people to art jewelry.
  • Upcoming events at Heidi Lowe Gallery.

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