NEW DATE: October 22-24, 2021


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We hope this communication finds you staying safe and healthy. We know the unprecedented situation we’ve all been facing is, at the very least, unsettling for everyone.


We also realize many people will be disappointed by this announcement. We are, too. But in light of reports that COVID-19 may last well into the summer, a possible recurrence this coming fall, and earnest contemplation about the financial ramifications for CJCI and our community, we made the decision on Friday, April 10, 2020 to reschedule our upcoming event. The new date will be Oct. 22-24, 2021.


About Your Deposits and Full Payments Already in Place


Please keep in mind that we need to keep as many deposits in place going forward as possible. The situation is the same as it was previously. Without a minimum of 100 deposits in place, we cannot hold a convention in 2021. We will continue to accept further deposits for 2021 via PayPal and by check as we move forward.


If you HAVE already paid in full, your money will be held toward the 2021 event. We will also hold your spot if you have paid in full and requested a table for the Saturday Show and Sale.


If you HAVE NOT already paid in full but have a deposit in place, full payments are not necessary right now unless you want to be certain to secure a table at the Saturday Show and Sale. We ask that you make those payments by personal check at this point rather than through PayPal. In early 2021, we will begin to take remainder payments once again through PayPal in addition to personal check payments.


Scroll down for more information on completing your registration payment or making a $100 deposit to hold your spot at the 2021 event. If you would like an invoice for the remainder payment due, please email members @ cjci.co (not .com).






Join us as we return to the Providence, Rhode Island area for a fun-filled event as our passion for collecting beautiful baubles takes us on a tour with Jewelry Around the World! weekend!


The convention commences with registration at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 followed by afternoon speakers and adjourns at noon on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021 after our morning educational workshops. However, Thursday we typically have afternoon and evening activities planned, so you may want to consider arriving early. We will post more news about pre-convention activities as our planning continues.


Our attendees will also enjoy meals together during the convention weekend; our open-to-the-public Saturday Show and Sale; and a fun-filled celebration Saturday evening including the presentation of the 2021 CJCI Achievement Award.

If you need further assistance, please contact Melinda Lewis or Pam Wiggins (melinda @ costumejewelrycollectors.com or pam @ costumejewelrycollectors.com).




Join us in welcoming the following speakers and special guests during our CJCI Convention 2021*:
(*Due to the change of date, the speaker lineup is subject to change.)

Patricia Gostick presenting “McClelland Barclay Jewelry: The Truth Revealed” – This author, jewelry historian, and long-time CJCI member, will discuss the history of McClelland Barclay. Patricia has spent 20 years researching this highly regarded jewelry manufacturer and will reveal details from her upcoming book, McClelland Barclay: Painter of Beautiful Women and More to be released at the time of the convention!
Julia Carroll presenting “Exploring the Shared Attitudes/Traits of Successful Jewelry Makers” – This author of the highly regarded “Collecting 101, 202, and 303” books on costume jewelry will explore five shared traits for three successful jewelry manufacturers with jewelry examples to add sparkle to each idea. This is a fun way for new collectors to learn about the rich history of these three giants in costume jewelry history and allows experienced collectors to revisit the greatness of these companies from a new perspective.
Gregory Brannan presenting “An Insider’s Look as an Industry Executive and Collector” – Get an inside look at the costume jewelry industry as Greg Brannan shares his experiences working in executive positions with notable companies such as the Monet Group and Haskell. Learn about how the costume jewelry industry has evolved since the late 1970s and hear about some of Mr. Brannan’s accomplishments and noteworthy experiences in the business. He will also talk about his collection of Trifari jewelry, and how working in the business has gone hand in hand with his journey as a collector.
Eve Townsend presenting “Schreiner: Masters of Twentieth-Century Costume Jewelry” – Join Eve Townsend, co-author of the book Schreiner: Masters of Twentieth-Century Costume Jewelry as she shares the rich history of one of North America’s foremost designers of high-end costume jewelry. Experience never-before-seen photographs and personal recollections from the private archives of the Schreiner family, Eve’s talk will open a sparkling window to the fashion world of New York City from the 1930s through the 70s, and onto one of its most famous “unknown” jewelry designers. With original research by Eve Townsend and a richly curated display of jewelry from the world-renowned Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection, this unique collaboration and talk presents a layered look at the history and legacy of the Schreiner Jewelry Company.
Heleen Andrik van Elburg presenting “Transitioning from Costume Jewelry Collector to Dealer”– Respected European costume jewelry dealer, speaker, and former CJCI Convention attendee Heleen Andrik van Elburg will share her costume jewelry journey of transitioning from collector to dealer. Along with her expertise and suggestions for success, she’ll also share how she discovered that costume jewelry lets everybody shine!
Mary Ann Docktor-Smith presenting “Vintage Costume Jewelry Manufacturing Concepts: Capturing the Design and Creating the Piece”. Join costume jewelry dealer and historian Mary Ann Docktor-Smith as she explores the wonder of jewelry manufacturing. When we hold a piece of costume jewelry, we typically wonder “Who made it?” followed by “When was it made?” and “What was it made of?” The question we ask less often is “How was it made?” This presentation will explore the fabrication, design, and construction processes used to create costume jewelry.

To read full bios for our 2021 speakers, please click here.

Additional special guests and pre-conference activities will be announced in the coming months as our planning continues.



For Those Who Have Already Made a Deposit:


Due to the date change, full payments are not necessary right now unless you want to be certain to secure a table at the Saturday Show and Sale in 2021. Remainder payments are being accepted from those who made pre-registration deposits in 2019 or 2020 (and haven’t already paid in full). In early 2021, full registration will open to all others who would like to attend the event.

To register and pay BALANCE by CHECK OR MONEY ORDER:
Please print and return the completed registration form linked below with your payment of $299 – regular fee ($399 less $100 prepaid by attendee) or $334 to reserve a sale table ($399 less $100 prepaid by attendee plus $35 for sale table) . Make checks payable to:


CJCI, P. O. Box 446, Benicia, CA 94510


The cost for the event includes meals during the convention weekend; admittance to our open-to-the-public Saturday Show and Sale; guest speakers, workshops and activities; and a fun-filled Around the World celebration on Saturday evening where attendees are encouraged to wear their jewelry favorites from around the globe.
Attendees requesting a table for the Saturday Show & Sale are charged an additional $35 to help cover the cost of permits, room rental, local newspaper advertising, and security on duty during the show. Tables are available on a first come, first served basis.
For more information on what we’ll be doing during CJCI CONVENTION 2021, please download and thoroughly review the following PDF files (Adobe Acrobat required):





A completed registration form is required for either Check/Money Order payment. Your registration will not be complete until the form is received.
Note: Since space is limited, spouses, other family members, and guests who would like to partake in meals served to attendees and/or attend workshops, classes or other activities that are part of planned convention agenda are required to pay the full registration fee.



Additional Pre-Registration Deposits Being Accepted


For individuals who have not made a deposit previously or paid in full, we are accepting additional pre-registration deposits for CJCI CONVENTION 2021. Your $100 deposit (which is NON-REFUNDABLE) can be paid either by check or Paypal. Payment by check can be sent to:


CJCI, P. O. Box 446, Benicia, CA 94510


To pay via PayPal, click the button below.


If you need further assistance, please contact Melinda Lewis or Pam Wiggins (melinda @ costumejewelrycollectors.com or pam @ costumejewelrycollectors.com).