Friday started of with lectures about diamonds and carbon dating pearls. The diamond one didn’t really give me anything new, but the pearl one was interesting, especially the MRI of an pearl, so visually pleasing.
Friday was the more interesting day, as of a jewellers point. Thursday was a lot of fashion, and things that are interesting, but stuff that didn’t give me anything to add to my work.
The lecture Ivory, Coral and Tortoisehell – Past uses and present emotions by Maggie Campbell Pedersen, Gem-A President and organics expert from London was a very nice one. She spoke about the effects these natural materials have had and still have to the wildlife, and also the uses of past and present.
When I was asked who I am waiting to speak, I said Evert Nijland. As a finnish jewellery artist, I have heard his name floating around many times, due to his association with finnish jewellers. His lecture did not disappoint. By the way, he is wearing Alexander Blank’s smiley brooch.
Interesting lecture by Marjolein S. Koek, from the Rijksmuseum, about conservation with gelatin.
Lecture by Lauren Kalman, whose lecture I also saw at the Zimmerhof symposium this May
Our professor Theo Smeets also gave a very compelling speech about our school and the masters program, he is such a good salesman, I wish I studied there! Wait, I do study there, don’t I…
This counts the end of the Rijksmuseum visit! All in all, it was a pleasure to see Amsterdam, and the Rijksmuseum is very majestic.. I also bought a lot of Christmas presents so.. I got that covered too!