ANAHEIM, Calif. – Author, jewelry expert and Antiques Roadshow appraiser Christie Romero died Sept. 5. The cause of death was complications stemming from pancreatic cancer.
Romero is best known as a jewelry historian, consultant, gemologist and instructor of antique and period jewelry. She has been teaching classes in Southern California since 1988. Christie has authored three publications of Warman’s Jewelry, published by Krause Publications and the Collector’s Timeline.
“Christie Romero was an amazing woman and talented author,” Paul Kennedy, Krause Publications editorial director, said. “She was an institution in the field of jewelry collecting and it was my good fortune to work with her for the past 10 years. Her passing leaves an immeasurable void. Christie will be dearly missed.”
Romero lectured throughout the country at seminars, meetings, conventions, and special events. She was on the faculties of the annual summer conference on Antique Jewelry and Gemstones at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., and the Jewelry Design Department at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles.
She has lectured for the American Society of Appraisers, the College for Appraisers, the Gemological Institute of America, Women’s Jewelry Association, the Northwest Gemological Institute and many other groups. Romero also appeared regularly as an appraiser for the Antiques Roadshow.
The Center for Jewelry Studies was started by Romero in the 1990s as a means to disseminate information on the history, identification, and marketing of antique, period, and vintage jewelry.
The Center, www.center4jewelrystudies.org, will continue to provide quality information and programs designed to supplement the careers of those in jewelry-related fields.
A memorial service is scheduled for Oct. 3 in southern California. Those offering condolences are invited to make a donation to the Pancreatic Canver Action Network. More information is available at www.pancan.org.