Alumni Chapter

Golden Gate Chapter: My Life with Russian Jewels by Marie E. Betteley

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
6:30 p.m.

San Francisco, CA, USA

Join the chapter for a presentation by Marie Betteley, a leading expert on Russian jewelry, works of art and Fabergé, who will share an engaging look at her life, career and experiences with Russian jewelry. 
 
Betteley has handled some of Imperial Russia’s most precious treasures – and knows  how to separate the real from the faux. As one of the few authorities on Russian jewels outside of Russia, she will discuss valuable lessons on how to recognize the best and stay away from the rest. She consults for auction houses, museums and private collectors worldwide.
 
Born and raised in Paris, Betteley is a third generation jewelry dealer. As a teenager she lived on the grounds of Hillwood Museum and Gardens in Washington D.C., where her father was the director. Hillwood was home of the late Marjorie Merriweather Post and has the largest known private collection of Russian decorative arts outside of Russia.
 
Betteley began her career as gemologist and was Head of Christie’s Russian Department in America. After 10 years at Christie’s, she started her own business trading in Fabergé and jewels. She is currently organizing exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of St. Petersburg, Russia to mark the centennial of the Russian Revolution and is writing a book, “Beyond Fabergé, Russian Imperial Jewelers,” that is expected to be complete in August 2017.
 
All are welcome to attend; whether you're a GIA graduate, student, industry associate, hobbyist or guest. Please share this invitation with any others you feel would be interested.

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