(ATLANTA) - To help independent jewelers tap into the emerging estate jewelry market’s tremendous profit potential, the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA) has invited the 36th Annual Antique Jewelry & Art Conference to run in conjunction with its August 3-5, 2013 Atlanta Jewelry Show at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Scheduled for August 1-3, 2013, “Jewelry Camp,” as the Conference is affectionately known in the industry, gives retailers the chance to come to Atlanta earlier and extend their stay to take full advantage of the extensive educational offerings both events deliver.
“From product selection to educational and networking opportunities, we are always looking for ways to help retailers make the most of time away from their businesses during an Atlanta Jewelry Show buying trip,” explains Carol Young, executive director, SJTA, producers and managers of the semi-annual Atlanta Jewelry Show. “With its full line-up of sessions by top experts in the fast-growing areas of buying, selling and appraising antique and estate jewelry, Jewelry Camp adds the perfect complementary track to the Atlanta Jewelry Show’s SJTA U educational series.”
“With more estate jewelry coming out of the vault and walking into the retail jeweler, there is no better time to brush up on your knowledge of the antique and estate jewelry market,” adds Ed Lewand, GG, ASA, AAA, independent appraiser and director, Antique Jewelry & Art Conference, Inc. “Increasingly popular with the under-40 audience in particular, it’s truly an emerging market with a very high profit margin. By partnering with the Atlanta Jewelry Show, we’re able to offer retailers convenient access to a tremendous knowledge base and the tools needed to maximize this key growth area for their business.”
During its three-day run, Jewelry Camp will feature a series of networking events, in-depth lectures and hands-on break-out classes led by top experts covering Victorian, Edwardian and Deco Jewelry to silver, costume jewelry, colored stones, ivory, pearls, diamonds and more. The many expert speakers presenting in August include:
William R. (Bobby) Mann, GG, PG, a collector of unusual ivories, tusks, teeth, skulls as well as natural and manufactured look-alikes. He has the largest collection of natural ivories, natural and manufactured look-alikes available for hands-on teaching. A co-founder of the International Ivory Society, he has been teaching ivory identification through his talks, seminars and hands-on workshops since 1996.
Diana Singer, GG and President, D&E Singer, Inc., buyers and sellers of estate jewelry and gemstones. A founding member of WJA, she is also the recipient of the WJA Retailer of the Year Award, member of the Board of Directors and Program Chair of the American Society of Jewelry Historians. She is also a frequent lecturer at the Annual Period and Estate Jewelry Conference, auction houses, industry shows, and has written articles for Rapaport Diamonds, GIA and JCK.
Dr. Jeremy Rowe, has been a collector and researcher of, and writer about 19th and early 20th century photographs for more than thirty years. A curator of many regional museum exhibitions, scholar and regular lecturer on the history of photography, he has also written “Arizona Photographers 1850 - 1920: A History and Directory,” “Arizona Real Photo Postcards: A History and Portfolio,” and “Arizona Stereographs 1865 - 1930.”
For complete details on the August 1-3, 2013 edition of Jewelry Camp, including the full program schedule, pricing and registration, visit www.jewelrycamp.org or call Sandy or Ed Lewand at 770-485-2803 or 631-377-9766.
For more information about the Atlanta Jewelry Show, visit www.atlantajewelryshow.com or call 404-634-3434.