NY Jewelry Camp offers three days of learning, networking opportunities

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The 35th annual Antique Jewelry & Art Conference, “Jewelry Camp,” hosted by Directors Edward and Sandy Lewand, will take place July 27-29 at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel in White Plains, N.Y.

Jewelry Camp is an educational forum promoting knowledge in antique and estate jewelry and is open to jewelry industry professionals, collectors and the public.

“With more estate jewelry coming out of the vault and going to dealers and the retail jeweler, there is no better time to learn more about the antique and estate jewelry market,” said Jewelry Camp Director Edward Lewand, who is a professional, independent appraiser of fine and antique jewelry and lectures widely on the field. He holds a Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America and is a certified member of the Appraisers Association of America and a senior accredited member in Gems and Jewelry from the American Society of Appraisers. “And there is no better place to do it than at Jewelry Camp,” he added.

gold crab brooch

Rago Arts & Auction Center sold this 14-karat-gold crab brooch with diamond eyes April 22, 2012, for $475. Measuring 1 1/2 inches long, it was originally retailed by Bailey, Banks & Biddle. Photo courtesy Rago Arts & Auction Center

Jewelry Camp comprises three days of lectures, breakout groups and networking events. Participants have opportunities to meet and learn from top experts in buying, selling, appraising and collecting. This year’s featured speakers will include Donna Bilak, a 19th and early 20th-century jewelry historian; Jan Krulik-Belin, education director for the Phoenix Museum of Art; and Roy Rover of Roy Rover Antiques.

This article originally appeared in Antique Trader magazine

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“Through Jewelry Camp, we are creating a community to aid in the dissemination of knowledge. In this fast-paced world, it’s important to rely on each other for education, support and networking, and we must take the time to help and learn from each other,” noted Director Sandy Lewand.

Jewelry Camp participants can choose among three conference packages – two that include hotel accommodations and one that offers a conference day rate. To register, contact Sandy Lewand at 631-471-1922, 631-377-9766 or jewelrycamp[at]me.com. Visa and MasterCard debit and credit, as well as Discover credit, are accepted. Payment plans are available for an additional fee. Those interested are encouraged to register early, as enrollment is limited.

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