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Conference Location:

The Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square

1260 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland OH 44115


f. 216.621.8659
Hotel Reservations

Reserve accommodations at the Wyndham Hotel (216.615.6000), by July 21, 2011 and mention that you will be attending The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers Conference to receive the special daily rate of $115 (king or two double beds). This courtesy rate is extended two days before and two days after the conference. Reservations made after July 21st will be handled on a space available basis and special rates cannot be guaranteed.

What to Bring

Casual business attire

Loupe - because you don’t leave home without it
Other specific equipment/tools will be suggested in your confirmation letter

Continuing Education Points

Attendance at this conference garners four (4) continuing education points. You will be given official attendance recognition.

Tax Deductible

Treasury Regulation 1.162-5 permits an income tax deduction for educational expenses to improve or maintain professional skills (registration fees, travel and a portion of meals and lodging are included).

On-Site Registration Hours

Participants may pick up their conference notebook and name tag in the State Room, which also serves as NAJA’s Exhibit Room starting Friday, August 12th, noon to 6 PM. Saturday, August 13th, registration continues in the State Room, 7 to 8 AM. The NAJA Exhibit Room will also be opened during extended breaks & lunches and after the last session until 6:00 PM on Sunday and 5 PM on Monday.

Your registration fee includes presentations for all four days, conference handouts, continental breakfasts, lunches, morning & afternoon coffee breaks with healthy snacks, and the August 15th, Monday Members’ Banquet. Members’ Banquet will be a dinner cruise on the Nautica Queen.




Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square

Cleveland OH

August 13 - 16, 2011
1The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers

36th ACE© It Mid Year Conference

Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square

Cleveland OH

August 13 - 16, 2011
NAJA welcomes your attendance to the Mid-Year ACE© It Education Conference. NAJA’s Conference is designed for the professional gem and jewelry appraiser and like-minded professionals with similar goals and related business challenges.
Attendance at NAJA’s ACE© It Educational Conferences is a perfect opportunity to increase your skills, learn new information and experience a peerless networking opportunity. Experts from the trade share their areas of expertise to further your understanding.
Gail Brett Levine, GG

Executive Director

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers

P.O. Box 18

Rego Park, NY 11374-0018

Phone 718.896.1536

Fax 718.997.9057

ACE™ It Conferences by NAJA

Appraisers Continuing Education
Friday, August 12, 2011

Pre-Conference Tour & Examination

9:00 AM to Noon

Certification Examination

Theory- State Room

10:00 AM to Noon

Cleveland Museum of Natural History Curator’s Tour – Dr. David Saja

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Simultaneous Rotating Workshops

8:00 AM

Dusan Simic

Eve Alfille


10:30 AM

2:15 PM

Sunday, August 14, 2011

8:15 AM

Fred Craig, GG

10:15 AM

Catherine Lee

1:30 PM

John Collatta

3:00 PM


Monday, August 15, 2011

Simultaneous Rotating Workshop

8:00 AM

Jerry Root, FGA

Gary Megal, GG, FGA

Cidgem Lule Ph.D, GG, FGA

10:30 AM

2:15 PM

5:00 PM

Member’s Banquet!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

John Mangraviti
Nobody Knows the Pearls I’ve Seen

Eva Alfille

Are pearls inherently sexy? Fill your hands with a selection of old and new pearls, cultured and natural, and find out. This workshop consists of a hands-on survey with real-life examples and talk of cultured pearls from all currently known salt and freshwater sources.

Appraisal Challenge:  Tools Available to Increase the Speed and Accuracy of Your Workflow

John Colletta, GG

This is an exciting session that will focus on diamond sourcing, supply, and the shift in demand. Discussion will include diamond pricing and how you can take advantage of the internet.  RapNet for Appraisers is one of the important internet tools available to increase the speed and accuracy of your workflow in the appraiser's arsenal.

Circa Dating the Common Man’s Jewelry

Fred C. Craig II, GG

Discover when the jewelry we see everyday—lavalieres, die struck white gold, and rose gold rings with teeny pearls (just to name a few)—appeared and disappeared in the trade, through a review of advertising and articles in antique and vintage jewelry trade publications.

Cameos: Wearable Art- Relationship of Quality and Value

Catherine S. Lee, GG

The history of cameo and gem carving, or the glyptic arts, dates back to the time of the ancient Romans, Greeks and Egyptians, and collecting carved gems became the passion of the Caesars. Points on judging the quality and value of a cameo, materials used, its date of circulation, how to care for and store cameos will be covered along with the history of carving.

Corundum Treatments and Pricing Workshop

Cigdem Lule PhD, GG, FGA

Treated Corundum samples will be examined and discussed during this session. There will be a discussion on treatment, cut, and quality influence price; and how treatments alter the perception of rarity. Also, disclosure (inc. LMHC, CIBJO, FTC) issues will be pointed out.

How to Be a Dangerous Expert Witness

James J. Mangraviti, Jr., Esq.

This fast-moving interactive workshop will cover deposition, direct examination, and cross-examination skills for physicians. Each attendee will have an opportunity to participate in mock trial demonstrations and to receive constructive feedback as to how to improve their performance. In addition, each attendee will be provided with a content rich, 239 page seminar manual.

Once I Was Lost and Now I'm Found

1Gary Megel, GG, FGA

This hands-on seminar will cover some of the basics of using Google, Yahoo, and Bing. We will also be working to make your Google Places page rank high on the first page of a Google search. Other topics will include managing your reputation and what to do if you get a bad review posted about you. Social media networks and mobile marketing will be discussed too.

The Beauty of the Beast

Jerrold Root

Next to magnification, most truly experienced gemologists consider the spectroscope to be the 2nd most important tool in their arsenal. The bulk of the session will be dedicated to individual testing and identification of unknown gem materials, while being personally assisted and guided.

Identifying Diamond Types and Synthetic Diamonds with CPF, DF and UV Light

Dusan Simic

This seminar consists of a visual presentation of different types and different synthetic diamonds. CPF, DF, and UV light typing and identification methods as well as a practical workshop with samples.

Welcome to My Nightmare- A Useful Guide to Avoid Guessing How Jewelry is Made

Arthur Anton Skuratowicz GJG

The workshop consists of slides showing different manufacturing methods, which includes identification characteristic for identifying construction methods. Various checklists to aid in keeping the characteristic understandable and keep the methodology consistent are also included.


Before July 21

After July 21







New Members & Conference fees for non-members joining

(a savings of $25 processing fee)



Cleveland Museum of Natural History Curator’s Tour



Certification Testing

$25 – August 12th, Friday morning only

Banquet for Guest

$55- August 15th

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the Monday night Members’ Banquet on

the Nautica Queen.



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Cancellation Policy: Your registration fee will be refunded 100% if your written or faxed cancellation is received by July 21, 2011 Cancellations after July 21, 2011 there will be charged a service fee of $125.

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