‘Gems and Jewelry Brought to Light,’ opens in March at GIA Museum

The Gemological Institute of America’s 2004 Museum lecture series, “Gems and Jewelry Brought to Light,” opens March 17 on the Carlsbad, Calif., campus with a seminar on gem discoveries and their impact on jewelry design.

Presented by Christie Romero, a well-known antique jewelry historian, gemologist, lecturer, instructor, and consultant, “Gems and Jewelry: A Timeline of Discoveries and Techniques,” will reveal insightful particulars into Romero’s ongoing research. The event will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Romero, who is also an avid jewelry collector, will introduce a timeline tracing the development of gem discoveries, both ancient and modern, and will discuss jewelry-making techniques throughout history. Covering a wide span of historical perspectives, Romero will also discuss a variety of setting methods, as well as some procedures for cutting gems and diamonds.

A graduate of the gemology program at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, Calif., Romero now teaches a semester course in antique and period jewelry there. She is on the faculty of the annual summer conference on Antique and Period Jewelry and Gemstones, and has lectured at several national trade conferences. She is the director of the Center for Jewelry Studies, and the author of Warman’s Jewelry, a price and identification guide to 18th, 19th and 20th century jewelry, now in its third edition. Romero was a contributing essayist on metalsmithing techniques for the exhibition catalog William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance, published in 2002. She is also an appraiser for PBS’ Antiques Roadshow.

The 2004 lecture series fee is $10 per lecture, and is open to the public on a space available basis. Seating is limited. To RSVP for the upcoming lecture, or to add your name to the lecture series mailing list, call 800-421-7250, ext. 4169.