Arizona Guild Meeting
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When: Monday, September 18, 2017
6:30 PM
Where: North Mountain Visitors Center and Trailhead
12950 N. 7th St.
Phoenix, Arizona  85022
United States
Presenter: Intarsia Master Nicolai Medvedev and Renown Jewelry Designer/Goldsmith Susan Helmich
Contact: Sindi Schloss

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Cost: $20 for members, $25 for non-members
          Checks payable to: GIA Metro Phoenix
          Mail to: GIA Metro Phoenix, PO Box 26907, Phoenix, AZ 85068
RSVP:  Sindi Schloss at 480-947-5866 or


The Arizona Guild Presents

A Rare Talk with Intarsia Master Nicolai Medvedev and Renown Jewelry Designer/Goldsmith Susan Helmich

Allow yourself to be amazed and enchanted by the wonder of intarsia and its incomparable master: Nicolai Medvedev. Intarsia is the art of taking different pieces of stone (high-quality lapis lazuli, malachite, sugilite, opal, azurite, tourmaline, rhodochrosite and others) of varying shapes, sizes and materials and fitting them so closely together that the effect appears and feels seamless. This time consuming and detail oriented endeavor is one of the most difficult forms of lapidary art, resulting in beautiful works of art, ready to grace a desk, cabinet or exhibition case in The Smithsonian, in the case of Nicolai. An article was written about him and his art in Gems & Gemology, Winter 1986.

Accompanying Nicolai will be the creative and world renowned jewelry artist and goldsmith, Susan Helmich. They have collaborated on a piece of jewelry that will be donated to the Smithsonian permanent collection. It is not yet finished, so we will be the first to hear about and experience what happens when two great artists join forces to create something new. The results can only be spectacular.

Join us as for our grand finale of 2017—it will be grand!



Mission Statement

The American Gem Society (AGS) is a nonprofit trade association of fine jewelry professionals dedicated to setting, maintaining and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior through education, accreditation, recertification of its membership, gemological standards, and gemological research.

The Society is committed to providing educational products to inform and protect the consumer and to contributing to the betterment of the trade by creating industry standards to protect the jewelry-buying public and the fine jewelry industry as a whole.

AGS Laboratories, founded to support the AGS mission, is a nonprofit diamond grading laboratory with a mission of consumer protection. Adhering to the AGS Diamond Grading Standards, AGS Laboratories is dedicated to offering diamond grading reports that provide consistency and accuracy based on science.

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