Pearls! Kathy Grenier and I Talk Luster at Jewelry Camp Today and Tomorrow

Kathy Grenier and I are at it again. We are taking our shared love of pearls on the road, this time to Jewelry Camp, July 30–31.

This annual conclave for estate and antique jewelry lovers is also called the Antique Jewelry & Art Conference, and this year marks its 38th event. It takes place at the Westchester Renaissance Hotel in West Harrison, N.Y., and draws both professionals and the public for a series of lectures on buying, selling, appraising, and collecting.

Kathy, who is the marketing director for both the Cultured Pearl Association of America and Imperial Pearl in East Providence, R.I., and I have become dear friends over the years because of our mutual love of pearls, and she asked me earlier this year if I’d like to take our shared presentation, “Pearls and Fashion,” on the road again. (Kathy and I have spoken together on this subject at the AGTA GemFair Tucson and JCK Las Vegas.) Kathy, with her years of marketing and merchandising experience, teaches how to create compelling displays with pearls, and I, as JCK’s market editor, share a PowerPoint presentation of some of the most refreshing modern uses of pearls. We both aim to convey our love of this underappreciated product category and inspire attendees to return home energized to create innovative pearl displays in store and/or invest in some of the coolest new styles of pearl jewelry on the market. I think of our road-show presentation as a trunk show of sorts but without the sales (though you never know for future collaborations). If you’re at Jewelry Camp, please check us out today in the Greeley room from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m., and tomorrow from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m., the room for which has not yet been confirmed. (This is a change from the original schedule posted here.) Hope to see you there!

Pearl geode earrings with freshwater pearls and sapphires by Little h

Pearl geode earrings with freshwater pearls and sapphires by Little h

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