Old and New”
by Anna Miller, 4th Ed
revised by Diana Jarrett
4th edition of this very noteworthy publication was just
I am honored to be included
I would like to share with
you some fond memories
related to how we all came
I met Anna Miller, the renowned jewelry historian
and appraiser, in 1997 at
one of her lectures in
Washington DC, she had already published her book
“Cameos, Old & New”.
She was very kind and apologetic
for not having knowledge about me and my work,
and promised to include me in a future edition of her book.
Soon thereafter she asked me to write my thoughts and views
about the how to evaluate a
contemporary gem carving,
the manuscript that became
for Evaluating a Gem Carving”,
parts of which were published in Chapter 9 of the 2nd
of the “Cameos, Old & New” book, and later as an article
Guide- Gem market News” Magazine, May/June 2002.
this link to read the whole article]
February 2003 I gave a presentation of the
for Evaluating a Gem Carving”
at a seminar at AGTA GemFair, sponsored by
the ‘American Gem Trade
at the Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona.
I was truly honored to have Anna Miller in the audience
and after the lecture this
photo was taken.
Today, I truly treasure that photo and that memory,
as it was the last time I
saw Anna before her passing
things do have a way of coming full circle.
During my latest presentation “Gem
Carving, Inspiration & Skills”
at the February 2007
AGTA GemFair in Tucson”,
I met Diana Jarrett, an award winning trade journalist,
gemologist and appraiser. She was very enthusiastic
about my work, which she later featured in her article
in Stone”, published in the “Rapaport Diamond Report”
magazine in October of 2007
last year Diana informed me that she was
revising Anna Miller’s
book on cameos and asked me
to update my chapter with
any new info and photos.
I was thrilled to do the
revision and happy to help her
with additional information about other cameo carvers.
4th edition, revised, updated and expanded by Diana Jarrett,
was just released in
February of 2009 and looks marvelous
with 250 photos, 60 of them
in full color!
Many of the photos are
thoughts and views on the
for Evaluating a Contemporary Gem Carving”,
first published in the 2nd edition of the book,
are now again presented in
length in Chapter 9,
p.272-281, in an updated version along with 8 photos
of me and of my work.
book has been selected for the
Roadshow Book Club’ and is an outstanding source
of information for gem
artists, cameo and jewelry lovers,
art history lovers, collectors, professional gemologists and
appraisers to understand
the history and progression of
cameo carvings, the various materials used from
soft organic materials like shell and coral to the hard gemstones
and how to differentiate between hand-carved and
ultrasonically produced cameos.
sincere thanks to both Anna and Diana for
including me in the book!
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