A Former Architect’s Design Eye Toward Jewelry with Lisa Kramer, Founder of Lisa Kramer Vintage

Episode 18

Lisa Kramer is the founder and owner of Lisa Kramer Vintage, which offers antique and vintage jewelry selected with an eye toward design and history informed by her former career as an architect and her undergraduate degree in anthropology. Along with extensive research, Lisa studies how a piece of jewelry has been constructed in much the same way that she looks at the details of how buildings are constructed.

For nearly 20 years, Lisa has been selling antique and vintage jewelry at shows throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and in recent years she has expanded her reach to shows in Southern California and the East Coast.

Lisa is a member of the Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts (ASJRA), the Society of Jewelry Historians in the United States and the United Kingdom, the Art Deco Society of California and the Women’s Jewelry Association. Lisa has completed the Accredited Jewelry Professional program of the Gemological Institute of America. She has a blog, Lisa Kramer Vintage, which she uses as a forum for writing about jewelry history, travel with a focus on antiquing, and design.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • How to look for authenticity in a piece of jewelry and protect yourself from inadvertently purchasing fake jewelry.
  • What sources you can use to research the history and authenticity of a piece of vintage jewelry.
  • Why fake Georgian jewelry is becoming a real problem in the marketplace.
  • Trends in the current jewelry market.

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Episode Transcript

Sharon Berman