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Thursday, December 12, 2013

#DailyJewel - Ladden Ledbetter's Southwest Engraving

From Pro Bull Rider to Engraver - I love the tooled leather look of Ladden Ledbetter's work...what a perfect Southwestern take on the traditional wedding set...for more

Born and raised in Midland, Texas, Ladden spent most of his time wrapped up in the rodeo world as a professional bull rider. He became interested in silver work by spending time in Terry Starnes’ workshop. After being encouraged by Brody Bolton (3B Leather work), I attended Johnny Weyert’s School of Engraving for Beginners in February 2009. Following the class, Laddan continued to pursue as many learning tools as possible and began making contacts within the world of engraving. During that time, Laddan was allowed the opportunity to learn from many amazing engravers such as Stewart Williamson, Wilson Capron, Russell Yates, and Mike Pardue, who have all made, and continue to make a huge impact in his work.

Miami Beach Antique Jewelry Series at the U.S. Antique Show

U.S. Antique Shows Debuts Educational Jewelry Series at World’s Largest Indoor Antique Show
The Original Miami Beach Antique Jewelry Series 
Held at Miami Beach Convention Center, Jan. 28-29, 2014

To fulfill a consistent interest from national and international show attendees to further their antique jewelry education, U.S. Antique Shows premieres The Original Miami Beach Antique Jewelry Series. Beginning two days prior to the opening of The Original Miami Beach Antique Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the jewelry conference, Jan. 28-29, 2014, will showcase notable jewelry experts with extensive knowledge on selected areas of jewelry history.

“U.S. Antique Shows is uniquely positioned to provide ongoing education to jewelry collectors, buyers and enthusiasts in conjunction with attending one of the world’s best known antique events. Many of our attendees come to the show annually, but by simply making arrangements to come a bit earlier, they’re able to fit two great events into one trip,” said Dan Darby, GLM vice president and U.S. Antique Shows group director.

Elyse Zorn Karlin
U.S. Antique Shows has partnered with Elyse Zorn Karlin, co-director of the Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts (ASJRA), and Gail Brett Levine, executive director of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) to plan and execute this new educational event.

“Gail and I are very pleased to have been asked to co-direct the first ever jewelry series as an adjunct to The Original Miami Beach Antique Show. The show is known as the "crème de la crème" of shows for those who want to see a great quantity of high end antique and period jewelry in one place. We hope to be a part of this series for many years to come,” said Karlin.

Here’s a list of speakers scheduled for the jewelry series:
January 28
·         Kimberly Klosterman, Breaking the Mold Artist Jewelers of the 1960s and 70s
·         Harrice Simons Miller, The Inside Story: Fashion Jewelry – The Collection of Barbara Berger
·         Emily Banis Stoehrer, Louis Feron: Life and Legacy
·         Patricia Faber, Out of Nowhere: Mid-Century Modernist Jewelry

Gail Brett Levine
January 29
·         Elyse Zorn Karlin and Gail Brett Levine, Split Personality: Two Different Views of Jewelry
Along with a variety of sessions featuring authors, graduate gemologists and jewelry historians, the two-day conference will also include a complementary tour of the David Webb Exhibit at the Norton Museum of Art and the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.

In addition, jewelry series attendees will be among the first to see The Original Miami Beach Antique Show before it opens with a tour of select jewelry exhibitor booths on Wednesday, Jan. 29. This tour will allow attendees a preview of the magnificent pieces available for purchase.

For a complete conference schedule, descriptions of the sessions, and details on registration costs,

About U.S. Antique Shows
The Original Miami Beach Antique Show is produced by U.S. Antique Shows, a division of GLM. U.S. Antique Shows, the world’s largest producer of indoor antique shows, focuses on presenting a wide range of antiques as well as antique, vintage and estate jewelry and watches to 50,000 consumers annually. The company is the only producer that serves the unique needs of the antique and antique jewelry industry supporting sales in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Miami Beach and New York. Their shows host internationally recognized dealers promoting the purchase of rare and unusual historic merchandise to antiques collectors, novice enthusiasts, socialites and celebrities. U.S. Antique Shows draws more than 3,000 dealers from 22 countries worldwide exhibiting their signature collections in 400,000 net square feet across nine shows.

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