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2015 Antoinette Matlins Woodstock “Hands-on” Gem Course

The Antoinette Matlins Annual Seminar and “Hands-On” Gem and Jewelry Course for Jewelry Lovers, Collectors and Connoisseurs

Are you thinking about making an important jewelry purchase?
Do you wonder what you really have and want to know for sure?
Have you ever wondered if it is a really good deal or are you being ripped off?
Are you sure you know the difference between natural, synthetic and lab-grown?
Most stones are treated, enhanced or altered in some way—how can you really tell?

“What are they?”        “What is their quality?”       “How do I know?”

If you are asking these questions then we have the answers for you!
An exciting weekend course in Woodstock, Vermont,
on gems and jewelry with gem expert and author


How about a special, exciting, educational event that will provide the opportunity to study diamonds, pearls, and gemstones in depth, directly with gem expert Antoinette Matlins?


Antoinette Matlins is the author of many popular books, including Gem Identification Made Easy; Jewelry & Gems, The Buying Guide; Diamonds: The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide; Colored Gemstones: The Antoinette Matlins Buying Guideand The Pearl Book.  These books help both consumers and jewelers increase their understanding and enjoyment of jewelry and gems. Ms. Matlins makes frequent appearances on national television and radio programs—such as CBS This Morning, NBC’s Today Show, 20/20, Jewelry Television, CNBC and many local television and radio shows. She appeared most recently on Good Morning America exposing the proliferation of artificial “composite” rubies being sold as genuine rubies at respected stores.


This exciting program has been designed for people who appreciate fine jewelry and want to know more about the gemstones themselves. And, as you might expect from Ms. Matlins’ reputation for making it easy to understand the complex world of gems, this program will be non-technical, requiring no gemological or scientific background ... or inclination! Plan on having a fascinating, fun-filled, exhilarating weekend while you benefit from this substantive short course. Enjoy the added benefit of experiencing beautiful Woodstock, Vermont—one of the most picturesque villages in America.


Enrollment is extremely limited so Ms. Matlins can provide extensive personal guidance, and it is on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information contact Amy Wilson, Manager of Educational Programs, at (800) 962-4544.


The Antoinette Matlins Practical Gem and Jewelry Course for Jewelry Lovers, Collectors and Connoisseurs
A three-day weekend of hands-on learning with Antoinette Matlins.
Learn everything you need to know about
Gem Identification • Diamonds • Colored Gemstones • Pearls


May 14 – May 17, 2015


Thursday-night reception, May 14: Woodstock, VT (Location TBA)
Friday—Sunday seminar, May 15–17: Woodstock History Center


Seminar: $750.00 per person: Registration ends April 14, 2015
Thursday night dinner: $50.00 per person


ABOUT WOODSTOCK, VERMONT:  An idyllic, picturesque New England village nestled in the lush Green Mountains along the banks of the gently winding Ottauquechee River, Woodstock is one of America’s most beautiful, authentic, historic spots. Visitors are immediately transported to a bygone era as they stroll past beautiful examples of Federal architecture, visit a working dairy farm, or stop in at Woodstock’s favorite meeting place, F. H. Gillingham’s, Vermont’s oldest general store, founded in 1886 and operated continuously to this day by the same family. Other points of interest include the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park within walking distance of the center of Woodstock, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, and Billings Farm and Museum. Nature lovers will enjoy the hike to the top of Mount Tom, which overlooks the entire village, or just wandering the back roads. And for those who enjoy sports, there is an excellent Trent Jones golf course, indoor and outdoor tennis and swimming, biking, fishing and canoeing, and horseback riding. The quaint hamlet known as South Woodstock is located just four miles south of Woodstock, in the heart of Vermont’s horse country, where there are more horses than registered automobiles.


GETTING THERE: Woodstock is very conveniently located.

Car: 1.5 hours from Manchester, NH; 2.5 hours from Boston, MA; 2.5 hours from Hartford, CT; 3 hours from Montreal, Canada; or 5 hours from New York City.

Plane: The closest airport is located in Lebanon, NH, which is about 25 minutes from Woodstock. Taxi service is available. Other airports in the area include: Boston, MA (2.5 hours by car); Manchester, NH (1.5 hours by car); Burlington, VT (1.5 hours by car); and Hartford, CT (2.5 hours by car). Car rentals are available at each airport for your convenience.  

ACCOMMODATIONS: Visitors to Woodstock can choose from luxury hotels, romantic inns, and nostalgic bed-and-breakfast accommodations.

MEALS: All meals are the responsibility of the participants. There are many restaurants and delis located in Woodstock and surrounding towns.

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For additional information or questions regarding travel or accommodations, call the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce at (800) 496-6378 or visit For additional seminar information, contact Amy Wilson at GemStone Press at (802) 457-4000.

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The Antoinette Matlins

Gem and Jewelry Course for

Jewelry Lovers, Collectors, and Connoisseurs

Woodstock, Vermont
 * Curriculum *
MAY 14

5:30 PM–??? PM  
Welcome Reception—Location TBA.
Opening Remarks—A Sparkling Eye-Opener
A brief introduction that will open your eyes to the fascinating world of gems and jewelry, shattering many myths and setting the stage for an exhilarating weekend.
Seminar Location: The Woodstock History Center
26 Elm Street, Woodstock, Vermont
MAY 15

8:30 AM–1:00 PM      
Is It a Diamond? And If So, Is It a Good One?
This covers everything you need to know before buying a diamond: how to use a loupe properly to examine diamonds; how each of the four C’s affects diamond quality and value; all about diamond imitations (including those that fool electronic diamond testers) and synthetic diamonds; how treatments are used to improve appearance, and their affect on value; how to judge fancy-color diamonds; how to read a diamond grading report to get the whole picture.

1:00 PM–2:00 PM Break for Lunch
(Participants are responsible for their own meals.)

2:00 PM–5:00 PM      
Detecting Diamond Imitations and Treatments

Hands-on: Examining diamond imitations, treated diamonds and synthetics; learning how to spot treatments—with emphasis on easy techniques to detect new imitations, fracture-filled diamonds, HPHT-treated diamonds and synthetic diamonds.
MAY 16

8:30 AM–1:00 PM      
Colored Gemstones—A Changing World

Here you will learn all you need to know before buying any colored gemstone. See and compare different varieties of colored gemstones—including recently discovered gemstones such as Paraiba tourmaline—along with imitations and synthetics. Learn how to judge colored gemstone quality. Find out about treatments used to improve colored gemstones, and how treatments affect value. Compare colored gemstone laboratory reports and see how they differ in the types of information provided and their reliability with regard to making buying decisions.

1:00 PM–2:00 PM Break for Lunch
(Participants are responsible for their own meals.)

2:00 PM–5:00 PM      
Gemstone Identification Made Easy

Hands-on: Learn (or improve) skills to detect imitations and synthetics, and accurately identify gemstones of the same color using simple, portable tools. This puts the FUN back in FUNdamental!
MAY 17

8:30 AM–12:30 PM      
Understanding and Appreciating Pearls, One of the Rarest Yet Least Understood of All Gems

An overview of the many different types of pearls now available—natural and cultured—and how they compare in appearance, durability, rarity and cost; how to judge pearl quality; pearl treatments; what to look for and what to look OUT for.

* Curriculum may change as the weekend progresses in order to focus on specific areas
that best meet the interests and needs of participants.


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