New York—The Antique Jewelry and Art Conference, or “Jewelry Camp” as it’s known, has announced that its 40th annual edition will take place in the fall.

The Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey, will host the conference on Oct. 26 and 27, the same weekend that the New York City Jewelry and Watch Show and TEFAF take place in neighboring New York City, giving jewelry enthusiasts the opportunity to visit all three events. Jewelry Camp attendees will receive free tickets to the former.

Jewelry Camp itself will feature speakers and hands-on educational sessions pertaining to all things antique, estate and vintage jewelry.

On Friday, Oct. 26, Donna Schneier Fine Arts will open the conference with a showcase of six art jewelers. The same evening, Fortuna Auction will host a cocktail reception and a “hands-on” jewelry preview.

On Saturday, attendees can hear from a variety of speakers, including Ulysses Grant Dietz, co-director of Jewelry Camp and Chief Curator Emeritus, Newark Museum; Susan Abeles, head of department, Americas, and senior international specialist, senior vice president of jewelry at Phillips auction house; Donna Bilak, early modern science historian specializing in the history of alchemy in British North America, England and the continent; Beth Carver Wees, Ruth Bigelow Wriston Curator of American Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum; Edward Lewand, GG, ASA, AAA, co-director of Jewelry Camp and a professional, independent appraiser of fine and antique jewelry; and Janet Zapata, independent scholar and museum consultant, specializing in jewelry and silver.

“I’m thrilled to partner with my colleague and friend, Ulysses Grant Dietz, Chief Curator Emeritus with Newark Museum, to bring Jewelry Camp to its new home at this unique setting and provide attendees with access to some of the finest collections of decorative and contemporary arts from Asia, Africa, the Americas and the ancient world,” Lewand said.

“This year’s slate of world-renowned speakers will examine topics such as jewelry styles and motifs, the threat posed by the synthetic diamond, the expansion of the Metropolitan Museum’s American collection and much more.”

Last year, Jewelry Camp took place at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York, in August.

For more information or to see highlights of last year’s edition, visit

To register for the event or for advertising and sponsorship inquiries, contact Lewand at 516-429-2622 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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