Costume Jewelry Collectors Int’l is pleased to announce the following speakers participating in CJCI Convention 2016:
Mary Ann Docktor-Smith
From Brigitte: Jewelry has always been a part of my life. I am an avid, experienced collector of vintage and antique jewelry, with a keen eye for pieces that transcend time and strongly represent the style of the period. This has left me with a demanding standard for pieces that I am prepared to offer for sale (or add to my collection!).
Research has been critical to finding great, authentic pieces of jewelry so I am constantly pouring over books, period references, manufacturing techniques and the Internet. To assist in the discipline of evaluating both the intrinsic and provenance value of pieces, I completed an introduction to gemology course at the University of Alberta and acquired my General Certified Appraiser (GCA) designation from the College for Appraisers in California. I have been pleased to lecture on the subject to local clubs and been a featured appraiser on local television and appraisal fairs at our antique mall.
For over 35 years, I’ve enjoyed the people I’ve met selling antique jewelry. Like many in my field, I was quick to embrace the Internet and eBay and have been selling on Ruby Lane as The Gervais Collection (gold member) since 2004 I also have a new website called Kauniita.net where I feature my finest jewels as well as blogging about different aspects of collecting jewelry. I have been a member of Costume Jewelry Collectors Int’l and VFCJ since 1996 and treasure the friendships I have made in these clubs.
Joyce Zakierski Simmons
To download the complete list of Special Guests and Speakers for the CJCI Convention 2016, click here.