Miami–The Original Miami Beach Antique Show has announced the schedule for its annual Jewelry History Series, a two-day conference that will precede the trade show.
Taking place on Feb. 7 and 8 at the Miami Fair Expo Center, the Jewelry History Series features a variety of experts who will lend context to the historical and contemporary import of antiques on display at the show.
On Feb. 7, following a continental breakfast sponsored by Skinner Auctioneers, Kaitlin Shinnock will speak on “What’s Hot at Auction,” a popular series highlighting top sellers in the market.
Gail Brett Levine will present information on the most important old diamond cuts at her presentation titled “Old European Diamonds (and Other Old Style Diamonds) at the Auction Market: From the Divine to the Sublime!”
Elyse Zorn Karlin will dive into the life and jewelry collection of Peggy Guggenheim in her presentation, “Peggy Guggenheim: Her Art, Her Lovers, and Her Jewelry.”
Sarah Nehama will speak on “Exploring the Use of Gemstones in Mourning and Sentimental Jewelry,” focusing on the availability of and symbolism behind gems used in these historical pieces.
Beth Carver Wees will present “Power, Passion and Provocation: Jewelry at the Met,” which will delve into important pieces in the Met’s collection and how jewelry has been an important art form throughout human history.
The day’s speakers will also gather on a panel to discuss “Jewels from Differing Perspectives.”
On Feb. 8, the Jewelry History Series will reconvene with “Love and War: World War II Sweetheart Jewelry,” in which speaker Jan Krulick-Belin will talk about the trends and themes of jewelry bestowed on loved ones from soldiers fighting abroad.
National Jeweler Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff will delve into the “The History Behind The Squash Blossom,” explaining the importance of the Native American jewelry motif over the years.
Kim Klosterman will examine the three distinct styles of members of the Fouquet family in “The House of Fouquet: Three Generations of Artist-Jewelers.”
Lastly, John Walcher will present on “The Kalo Shop: Arts & Crafts Jewelry by the Company and its Chicago Contemporaries,” which will discuss the history of the important silversmith shop.
“We’re confident that this year’s Jewelry History Series is going to be our best yet,” said U.S. Antique Shows Show Manager Katrina Canady.
“Every year, we develop the conference based on the feedback that we receive from both presenters and attendees. This insight, coupled with our analysis of other lectures available in the marketplace, inform the topics we cover and the experts who we engage to share their knowledge.”
Tickets for the two-day Jewelry History Series begin at $200 and include admission to all four days of the Original Miami Beach Antique Show running Feb. 9 to 12, which also takes place at the Miami Fair Expo Center.
Registration is available online.