July 31 - August 3, 2018

JTV Headquarters  •  Knoxville TN

Get an all access pass to the world of gemstones and jewelry during our annual JTV Experience event!

Cost: $100.00

To register, call 1-800-913-8114

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What to Expect

Join us for four comprehensive days of education, instruction and keynote addresses led by international gemstone experts from organizations such as Gem-A, GIA, AGTA, and DCA. You can also participate in classes designed to take your knowledge from the gem mine to your home. In addition, our talented Jewel School artisans will lead hands-on jewelry making classes where you will create your own customized, one-of-a-kind jewelry piece.

Plus, we want YOU to be a part of our live studio audience for special shows during the event! Experience the excitement of our interactive Jewel School Extra show or you can meet designer Janyl Sherman from the Artisan Gem Collection of Bali during our live broadcast show.

Your JTV Experience begins Tuesday, July 31 with a luncheon, followed by the live Jewel School Extra show and event registration, including shopping, at the GemStore. Later that evening, Master Cutter Bruce Bridges of Bridges Tsavorite, will serve as the keynote speaker for our JTV Experience Kick-Off dinner. The remaining weekdays are packed with classes, private shopping events, live shows, JTV host meet and greets, and much more. Breakfast and lunch are provided daily.

Don’t miss this opportunity to mix and mingle with others who love gemstones and jewelry making as much as you. We look forward to seeing you at this incredible event!

Thank you for being a part of the JTV family!

Logistics

Book early for the best selection and rates.

Hotels

  • Best Western
  • 420 N. Peters Rd.
  • Knoxville, TN 37922
  • Phone: 865-539-0058
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  • Holiday Inn
  • 9134 Executive Park Dr.
  • Knoxville, TN 37923
  • Phone: 865-693-1011
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JTV Headquarters

  • JTV Headquarters
  • 9600 Parkside Drive
  • Knoxville, TN 37922
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  • JTV Gem Store
  • 9933 Kingston Pike
  • Knoxville, TN 37922
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Name Class Title Description Time Offered
Andy Lucas The Gems of Africa GIA's Field Gemologist and traveler extraordinaire, Andy Lucas, shares his stories of the cultures and communities that bring us the gems we love. He will take you across the continent of Africa to places such as Ethiopia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and more. Wednesday, August 1: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Thursday, August 2: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday, August 3: 12:30 PM -2:00 PM
Antoinette Matlins Tools Antoinette Matlins will educate students on the importance of gemstone tools and their value to gemstones and collections. Wednesday, August 1: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Thursday, August 2: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday, August 3: 12:30 PM -2:00 PM
Antoinette Matlins Undercover with Antoinette Uncover the hidden world of gemstones with Antoinette Matlins as she explores the gemstone industry and stories from the trade. Wednesday, August 1: 12:30 PM- 2:00 PM
Thursday, August 2: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Bob Curry Moissanite as a Diamond Alternative It seems moissanite is making a name for itself in the gemstone and jewelry industry. Examine the popularity and differences between moissanite and diamond while learning about each stone’s allure and quality. Wednesday, August 1: 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Thursday, August 2: 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Chris Sellors Behind the Crown- A Look Into the Jewelry of the Era of Queen Victoria Take a journey fit for royalty with Chris Sellors as he transports you to Buckingham Palace and reveals the stories and the secrets behind the Crown Jewels. Wednesday, August 1: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, August 2: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Friday, August 3: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Christopher Clark The Evolution of a Gem Collector Christopher Clark explores the evolution of a gem collector. From the initial attraction to a gem to learning the elements that make it special, Christopher Clark helps you learn to discern your collecting palette. Wednesday, August 1: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, August 2: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Claire Mitchell Learn the Ropes of the Spectroscope Try your hand at using a spectroscope. This tool will unlock the mysteries of your unidentified gemstones. Join JTV's Claire Scragg for a fun, educational lab. Wednesday, August 1: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Thursday, August 2: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Danny & Mitchell hatcher Opal Hunters- From Mining in the Outback of Australia to Purchasing the Right Gem for You Join Australian opal experts on an adventure from the outback to the storefront. They will give a behind the scenes look into the opal industry from mine to market. Wednesday, August 1: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Thursday August 2: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday, August 3: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Eric Fritz Gemstones that Changed History Gemstones have influenced world history dating back to the earliest civilizations. This talk will begin with a discussion about the Breastplate of Aaron, a set of stones representing the 12 tribes of Israel, which later became our birthstones as well as talismans for many religions. The early explorers of the New World sought out gold, silver, emeralds and pearls and set a new dynamic which formulated the land we live in today. We will trace the journeys of many famous diamonds, which exchanged hands based on which country was in power at the time. Many of these transfers were affected by war and conquering. Lore and legend surrounding many of our favorite stones will round out the discussion. Wednesday, August 1: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Thursday August 2: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday, August 3: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Eric Fritz Fossil Gem Materials We will discuss fossils used in the gem trade. Our emphasis will be on amber, fossil coral and dinosaur bone. Amber is a fantastic gemstone used and revered for centuries. Bone and corals, replaced by harder quartz over time, takes a high polish and gives us intricate designs of nature. Learn the differences in structure of carnivores and herbivores. We will also look at fossil mammoth and the regulations of modern ivory and how that market has been affected in recent years. Wednesday, August 1: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, August 2: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Hillary Spector Pearls Learn about saltwater and freshwater cultured pearls. Hear about the latest culturing and enhancing techniques, as well as how pearls are evaluated and assessed. This class provides technical and updated information in an easy-to-understand and enjoyable environment. Wednesday, August 1: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday, August 2: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Hillary Spector Metals Learn about gold, silver, and the platinum family. Hear about alloys, value, and the advantages and disadvantages of each metal. This class provides technical and updated information in an easy-to-understand and enjoyable environment. Wednesday, August 1: 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Thursday, August 2: 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Kapil Bajaj A Look Into The Famous Sarafa Bazaar JTV’s International Gemologist in Jaipur, Kapil Bajaj, will be your guide through the famous Sarafa Bazaar of India. Experience the history, tradition and beauty of this magical marketplace. Wednesday, August 1: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, August 2: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Renata Lafler Curator's Corner Part 2 Join us again for our another hands-on, behind-the-scenes tour of JTV’s exclusive internal collection filled with new items. Let us be your guide to some of the most incredible loose gemstones, mineral specimens, and jewelry pieces we own. Walking is required. Wednesday, August 1: 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Thursday, August 2: 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Scott Sucher Evolution of Diamond Cutting and Genealogy of the Hope Diamond Scott Sucher, renowned lapidary, will share his experiences handling, studying and even replicating some of the world’s most famous diamonds, including the Hope Diamond, the Tiffany Diamond, and the Cullinans. Learn more about the challenge and the intrigue of replicating every dimension of these historic gemstones and see his finished masterpieces in person! Wednesday, August 1: 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Thursday, August 2: 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Friday, August 3: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Shelly Sergent Gems with a Story to Tell Join Shelly Sergent, Curator of the Somewhere In The Rainbow Collection, as she shares the journey of some of the rarest gems in the world from the ground to becoming a vibrant part of this highly acclaimed gem and jewelry collection. Prepare to laugh, cry and fall in love with the people behind these rare treasures. You may even be surprised with a visitor or two joining the party. Wednesday, August 1: 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Thursday, August 2: 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Friday, August 3: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Sindi Schloss From Caves to Condos: Humans' First Jewelry: Beads! Beads are everywhere, dangling from car visors to being uncovered in archaeological digs. Not only have beads accompanied humans since we lived in caves, they are considered to be the first form of jewelry and archaeological indicators of when we became “modern man”. They continue to be worn globally by men, women, and children and decorate objects of art and animals. Sindi Schloss will present a fascinating overview of the history of human adornment through the bead, as well as factors which help us to identify what makes some beads more expensive than others. As prices for older beads increase annually, beads have skyrocketed into collectible status. This hands-on presentation should help us better identify these small, but far from insignificant treasures, and have a greater awareness of their value. Wednesday, August 1: 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Thursday, August 2: 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Friday, August 3: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Terry Chandler Dive Into Diamonds Terry Chandler, President & CEO of Diamond Council of America, gives you a comprehensive look at all things diamond. In this hands on lab, you will become familiar with the properties of the diamond and how to distinguish it from imitations. Wednesday, August 1: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, August 2: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Tony Thompson Becoming a Bench Jeweler Creating finished pieces of jewelry from gemstones is a true art form. Join our JTV Bench Jeweler and Manager of the JTV Jewelry Shop, Tony Thompson, in carefully setting stones into works of art. Wednesday, August 1: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Wednesday, August 1: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Wedneday August 1: 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Thursday, August 2: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Thursday, August 2: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, August 2: 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Vikas Sethi & Sunil Khinvasara Exotic Gems from Exotic Places Experience exotic gemstone localities with two of our international gemstone experts. Take a virtual journey as they take you around the world in search of rare gems. Wednesday, August 1: 9:30 AM -11:00 AM
Thursday, Augsut 2: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Tommy Brown and Mandy Bradshaw Let's Talk Rocks Join JTV Show Hosts and dynamic, gemstone-loving duo Mandy and Tommy, as they share some of their favorite stories of working at JTV from its humble beginnings to the present as well as dive into their favorite gemstones. Come prepared with your questions for a live Q&A. Wednesday, August 1 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Robert Thomas and Scott Hood Let's Talk Rocks Join JTV Show Hosts and Rockafellas, Robert and Scott, as they share some of their favorite stories while working at JTV from its humble beginnings to the present as well as dive into their favorite gemstones. Come prepared with your questions for a live Q&A. Wednesday, August 1 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Jay Boyle, Gigi Marco and Natalie Tjaden A Walk Around The Globe- The Stories That Make The Stones Join JTV’s Senior Gemstone Buyer, Jay Boyle, and new Show Host and Gemologist, Gigi Marco, as they share their stories of trekking the globe to bring our customers the best gemstone products for the best prices. Come prepared with your questions for a live Q&A. Thursday, August 2 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Renata Lafler and Bill Kouns Gemspiration for Your Collection Join Bill Kouns and Renata Lafler, Director of Gemstone Education, as they inspire you to discover new ways of collecting. Get expert tips on how to organize, display, and build a collection to be shared and treasured for generations. Guaranteed surprises in store! Thursday, August 2 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Anne Dilker 5 Circle Mandela Necklace Learn to use a single length of wire to create an interesting frame for a pendant. You'll be working with anodized aluminum, which is perfect for both the beginner and advanced wire worker. Beginner Wednesday, August 1 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Wednesday, August 1 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday, August 1 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Anne Dilker 7 Warp Rainbow Bracelet Utilizing the Kumihimo disc, there's a template for the moves to make this bracelet in a snap. It's fast, fun and easy and something that everyone can enjoy. Beginner Thursday, August 2 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Thursday, August 2 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, August 2 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Friday, August 3 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Susan Thomas Earring Extravaganza Get started making earrings using basic metal fabrication skills. Skills: Metal forming, stamping and punch. Beginner Wednesday, August 1 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Wednesday, August 1 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday, August 1 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Susan Thomas Bohemian Rainbow Earrings Take a walk on the Boho side with Susan Thomas and advance your wire working skills. Skills: metal forming, wirework. Intermediate Thrusday, August 2 9:30 AM -11:00 AM
Thursday, August 2 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Susan Thomas Simple Soldering - Stack Rings Students will learn to make stack rings first using copper wire and then advancing to sterling silver. Skills include metal forming, soldering, texturing and cleaning. Patina will be available to use. Students should be prepared for possible messiness and bring a towel or apron to cover laps and wipe hands. Intermediate Thursday, August 2 2:15 PM -3:45 PM
Friday, August 3 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Ann Page Gemstone Right Angle Weave Bracelet Students will learn beadweaving with the "Gem Weaver" Ann Page. This project is a three-row bracelet using seed beads to separate gemstones. It is made with a beadweaving stitch without the tedium. Beginner Wednesday, August 1 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Wednesday, August 1 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday, August 1 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Ann Page Triangle Rope Bracelet Enhance your beadweaving skills with another project from "Gem Weaver" Ann Page. This is a rope-style bracelet using a beadweaving technique. Beginner Thursday, August 2 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Thursday, August 2 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, August 2 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Friday, August 3 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Wyatt White Brass Gallery Wire Pendant This class will cover Intermediate techniques including wire wrapping, forming and cutting, Gallery Wire prongs setting and basic wire construction. Each Jewel-Schooler will learn how to manipulate Brass Gallery Wire around a stone, secure a connection with the Gallery Wire, utilize the prongs of the Gallery wire to securely hold the stone, and finally to make a bail to complete the project. Intermediate Wednesday, August 1 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Wednesday, August 1 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday, August 1 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Wyatt White Heavy Handmade Chain Bracelet This class will cover Beginner to Intermediate techniques including wire wrapping, cutting, wire- rounding, and basic wire construction. Each Jewel-Schooler will learn to make chain links with simple tools and will have a selection of wire colors to choose from including TR Silver Color, TR Rose Gold Color, Iron Color and TR Pearl Silver Color. Beginner Thursday, August 2 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Thursday, August 2 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, August 2 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Friday, August 3 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Tamara Honaman Charming Charm Bracelet Beginner friendly! Learn how to form heavy-gauge wire links and findings to create a finished charm bracelet. Use the right tools the right way to form professionally shaped loops and curves in heavy gauge wire. Embellish your finished bracelet with wireworked charms and colorful beaded dangles for a striking, very wearable design. Wire colors to choose from include TR Silver Color, TR Rose Gold Color, TR Gold Color. Beginner Wednesday, August 1 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Wednesday, August 1 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday, August 1 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Tamara Honaman Crochet Me a Beaded Necklace, or is it a Bracelet ? Beginner friendly! Learn how to crochet a beaded necklace using stretch cording! Learn the basics of crochet, how to properly work with the tools and how to add beads to your work. Crochet a finished design to be worn as a necklace or a fabulous wrap bracelet. Colors to choose from include satin gold, satin silver, black and clear. Beginner Thursday, August 2 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Thursday, August 2 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, August 2 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Meredith Roddy How To Knot with the Beadalon Knotter Tool Did you know it’s easy and affordable to knot your own beads? Join Meredith Roddy and learn how to use the Beadalon Knotter Tool. In this beginner bead knotting class, you’ll learn the basics of choosing and preparing silk cord and knotting between beads with the Beadalon Knotter tool. This class is a prerequisite for the Tin-Cup Knotter Tool Class. beginner Wednesday, August 1 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Wednesday, August 1 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday, August 1 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Meredith Roddy How to Knot with the Beadalon Tin Cup Knotter Tool Remember the iconic Tin Cup Style necklace from that movie? Leaving spaces between knotted beads is not only a great way to stretch out some of your most special beads, but it’s super easy to do with the Beadalon Tin Cup Knotter Tool. After completing Knotting with the Beadalon Knotter Tool, you’ll have the foundation necessary to then learn how to use the Beadalon Tin Cup Knotter Tool. *Students must take How to Knot w/the Beadalon Knotter Tool before taking this class; beginner Thursday, August 2 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Thursday, August 2 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, August 2 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Fernando Dasilva Sassytown Necklace It’s a ‘Y’ necklace! It’s a lariat! It’s fashionable and all the above. In this workshop, Fernando Dasilva will teach you how to create a sassy, feminine and trendy lariat in the ‘Y’ shape incorporating tassels and beads. Tassels will be made of suede cord and Czech beads will add Bohemian attitude.Tassels also can be easily converted into earrings. Hit the town for a girl’s night with lots of style. Beginner Wednesday, August 1 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Wednesday, August 1 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday, August 1 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Fernando Dasilva Clearwater Necklace Learn the basics of bead stringing while enjoying the bigger than life personality of Fernando Dasilva, in this straightforward workshop. Combine metallic stringing wire with Czech glass beads to create a romantic but edgy necklace. Learn with Fernando how to incorporate trendiness into classic designs. beginner Thursday, August 2 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Thursday, August 2 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, August 2 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Friday, August 3 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Laura Gasparrini Antiquities Bracelet Embellish a hand wrought wire frame with leather lace, pearls, crystals, and beads to create a stunning and earthy bangle bracelet. A great project for using up your leftover beads. Beginner Wednesday, August 1 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Wednesday, August 1 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday, August 1 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Laura Gasparrini Keepsake Necklace For this mixed media necklace project, we’ll combine a freeform wire ring, freeform wire knot slider beads and wire-wrapped briolette drops on supple leather lace to create a beautiful keepsake necklace. Personalize it with a meaningful charm or a cherished orphan earring! beginner Thursday, August 2 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Thursday, August 2 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, August 2 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Friday, August 3 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Alicia Herzbrun Easy and Fun Wire Earrings Have a love for wire? In this class, Alicia will teach the Jewel Schooler three different wire earrings using wire forming and shaping techniques. Beginner Wednesday, August 1 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Friday August 3 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Christiane Ross Beadweaving a bracelet on the Jewel Loom Give bead weaving a try with Jewel School’s Christiane Ross using a true Jewel of a Loom. Created by artist Juliana Avelar, the Jewel Loom has been touted to be one of the most portable & easy to use beading looms available. Create a colorful bracelet during class to see why we think so. The ability to see small beads and work with needle & thread is important. Please bring your magnifiers if you need them. Beginner students are welcome, but anyone wanting to learn more about seed beading can join. Even if you are a master, Christiane can keep it interesting! all levels Friday, August 3 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Candie Cooper Twist and Make! We'll take the Sizzix Twist and Style tool out for a spin in this class with Artistic Wire to create a custom piece of wire. Then, we'll wrap a Dakota Stone focal bead with it. I'll show you easy wire wrapping ideas and string it all together with chain and Beadalon wire to create a necklace. Wednesday, August 1 9:30 AM
Thursday, August 2 9:30 AM
Candie Cooper Sizzix Exploration Class In this class, we'll play with the Sizzix Jewelry Studio tool to cut various materials and emboss metal charms. You'll cut pieces and parts to stack up a fun pendant piece and put it all together with Beadalon findings and Dakota Stones. Wednesday, August 1 12:30 PM
Thursday, August 2 12:30 PM
Candie Cooper Memory Wire Bracelet with Seed Beads Beadalon memory wire is easy to decorate with all kinds of your favorite beads. Candie will show you how to use Dakota Stones gemstone beads, Czech beads, and seed beads to decorate a charming bracelet. Learn how to spice up your memory wire designs with simple embellishments like charms and a strand of beading wire to give it a pretty fringe look. Wednesday, August 1 2:15 PM
Thursday, August 2 2:15 PM
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