Jewels and Rocks Dreaming of Gemstones
Presented by jewelry historian Vanessa Cron, this one day masterclass focuses on specific gemstones: Diamonds, Rubies, Emeralds and Sapphires. Students will learn about quality, and the features that characterize each stone as well as the use of the gems within historical jewelry design. Participants will visit a major jewelry house, exhibition, or artist studio.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
• Issues of quality in gemstones, including diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires
• The symbolic significance of gemstones
• The use of gemstones within jewelry design
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).