Bakelite Jewelry: The Intersection of Design, Intricacy & Fashion with Matt Burkholz, Antique Dealer & Owner of Route 66 West Palm Springs

Episode 46

What you’ll learn in this episode: What Bakelite is, how it got its name and how the production process evolved in the early 20th century. The different methods of identifying Bakelite. How Bakelite is assigned value and the characteristics that define its quality. Matt’s perspective on selling Bakelite jewelry. An overview of the annual Modernism […]

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Ancient Nubia: Art, Jewelry & History with Denise Doxey, Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston

Episode 45

The “Ancient Nubia Now” exhibit on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) through January 20, 2020, confronts past misinterpretations and offers new ways of understanding Nubia’s history and contemporary relevance. The exhibit includes jewelry, pottery, sculpture, metalwork and more from MFA’s collection of ancient Nubian art, and examines power, representation and cultural […]

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A Look Ahead at NYC Jewelry Week 2019 with Bella Neyman and JB Jones, Founders of NYC Jewelry Week

Episode 44

NYC Jewelry Week (NYCJW) is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the world of jewelry through educational and innovative focused programming. Last year’s inaugural NYCJW welcomed over 10,000 attendees who explored the multifaceted jewelry industry. This year’s event, happening November 18-24, will include groundbreaking exhibitions, panel discussions led by industry experts, exclusive workshops, heritage-house tours, innovative […]

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The Psychology of a Collector with Dr. Shirley Mueller, Collector of Chinese Export Porcelain & Author

Episode 43

Shirley Mueller is an internationally known collector and scholar of Chinese export porcelain who has written numerous articles on the subject. She has a background in neuroscience and examines different behavioral traits that characterize collectors. In her recent book, Inside the Head of a Collector: Neuropsychological Forces at Play, Shirley introduces neuro and behavioral economics […]

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7th Annual Jewelry History Series at The Original Miami Beach Antique Show with Elyse Zorn Karlin, Jewelry Historian and Curator

Episode 42

Elyse Zorn Karlin is the co-director of the Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts (ASJRA) and publisher of Adornment, a magazine of jewelry and related arts. She also runs the Annual Conference on Jewelry & Related Arts in various locations throughout the U.S. and spearheads the annual Jewelry History Series in Miami, […]

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The Rise of Contemporary Studio Jewelry with Lisa Berman, Owner of Sculpture To Wear Gallery & Berman Arts Agency

Episode 40

Lisa Berman* is an internationally recognized “Ambassador of Wearable Art.” Based in Southern California, her expertise extends to major manufacturing and retail markets, museums and corporations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Asia and Europe. Lisa is the owner of the iconic gallery Sculpture to Wear, which was instrumental in launching the studio jewelry movement […]

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An Appraiser’s Insights on Valuing and Collecting Gems with Jo Ellen Cole, Gemologist & Owner of Cole Appraisal Services

Episode 39

Jo Ellen Cole has been involved in the jewelry business for more than four decades. She earned her Graduate Gemologist Diploma (In Residence) at the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica and successfully passed the prestigious Gemological Association of Great Britain’s F.G.A. examinations. After working for several years in both retail and wholesale jewelry […]

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Jewelry for America: The Evolution of Jewelry in the U.S. with Beth Carver Wees, Ruth Bigelow Wriston Curator of American Decorative Arts at The Met

Episode 38

Beth Carver Wees is the Ruth Bigelow Wriston Curator of American Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she oversees the collections of American silver, jewelry and other metalwork. She is currently the curator of the exhibit “Jewelry for America,” which runs until April 5, 2020. Spanning 300 years, “Jewelry for America” explores […]

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Jewelry That Tells a Story: Antique & Estate Pieces in a Modern World with Benjamin Macklowe, President of Macklowe Gallery

Episode 37

Benjamin Macklowe joined Macklowe Gallery in 1994 and became its president in 2012. Under Ben’s leadership, Macklowe Gallery has become the world’s most respected dealer of antique and estate jewelry, French Art Nouveau decorative arts and the entire oeuvre of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Ben is a sought-after expert in his field and has served as […]

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