During the course participants will uncover jewelry’s hidden language; delve into some of the most exquisite collections; meet the women who influenced and inspired the history of jewelry design and the designers who crafted masterpieces. Participants will also learn how to identify classic jewels through exclusive handling sessions with selected pieces. This essential guide to identifying jewelry will provide a foundation on a journey into this intriguing and glamorous world.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
• Different designs and ways to identify the significant markings, hallmarks and other distinguishing features across a range of pieces
• The background and stories associated with significant historic and famous jewels
• The language of precious stones and their use
9.00am - 10.00am Walkthrough and Handling Session of the Magnificent Gems sale at Christie’s
10.30am - 11.45am Lecture: ‘A Century of Jewelry Styles through Fashion Photography
12.00pm - 1.15pm Lunch Break
1.15pm - 2.15pm Lecture ‘Outside of the Place Vendome’
2.15pm - 2.30pm Break
2.30pm - 4.00pm Lecture ‘Identifying Periods and Jewelers’
French, based in Switzerland, Vanessa Cron is a jewellery historian who has specialized in historic provenance research. Working 4 years for one of the most important expert dealer in antique jewellery and exceptional gemstones, and 15 years at Christie’s as Jewellery Archivist and Senior Cataloguer, she researched major jewels such as the Peregrina pearl, the Empress Eugenie ‘Feuille de Groseillier’ brooch, the ‘Blue Belle of Asia’ sapphire or the ‘Grand Mazarin’ diamond. She collaborated with author Vincent Meylan on the preparatory research for his book ‘Christie’s: the Jewellery archives revealed’ and is now an independent jewellery historian, lecturer and consultant. She is also in charge of the ‘History of Jewellery Design’ class at the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD - Genève).