GIA Alum NYC plans 2 Oct. lectures
New York--The Gemological Institute of America Alumni Manhattan Chapter will be presenting two separate lectures in October, one covering gem lore and the other Russia’s imperial court jeweler.
On Oct. 8, Dr. Jack Ogden, chief executive at Gem-A, will present “The Lore and the Profits,” a lecture that will explore background of the lore of gemstones in the context of 2,000 years of jewelry.
“It provides fascinating insight into gem history as well as providing a wealth of anecdotes that even the most ardent ‘non-believer’ can use to weave history and interest around the gems they are exhibiting or selling,” the chapter said.
The lecture will be held on the second floor of the GIA New York Education Center, 270 Madison Ave. Sandwiches and soda will be served from 5-6 p.m. followed by a 6-8 p.m. lecture. The cost is $25 and it is open to 30 members only. Reservations must be made by Oct. 5.
On Oct. 10, antique jewelry dealer and graduate gemologist Marie Betteley will present “The House of Bolin: Imperial Russia’s Premier Court Jeweler,” exploring the company known as the oldest, still active jewelry house in history owned by the same family.
“The House of Bolin produced jewelry for not two but seven consecutive Russian sovereigns beginning with Catherine the Great,” the chapter said, “and incredible as it may seem almost 100 years after the Bolshevik Revolution, Bolin still continues today in Stockholm.”
The lecture will be held at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South. The cost is $46 for students and members and $52 for non-members. Reservations must be made by Oct. 5.
For both lectures, checks can be made out to GIA-AA-NY be mailed to Gail Levine, P.O. Box 18, Rego Park, N.Y., 11374.