Arizona Guild Meeting
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When: Friday, July 6, 2018
6:30 PM
Where: The Heard Museum
2301 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona  85004
United States
Contact: Sindi Schloss

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Cost: FREE!
Schedule: 6:30pm for a docent tour.
Stop by the Café and Cantina early for dining and drinks, a cash bar is available for adult and family-friendly beverages.
RSVP: Sindi Schloss
(Please note the new email address.)


An Invitation from the Arizona Guild

Field Trip to the Heard Museum: The Jewelry of Richard I. Chavez


Presented in partnership with the Metro Phoenix GIA Alumni Guild.

For the first time in his 40+ year career, Richard Chavez’s jewelry will be featured in a retrospective exhibition. Since his early years of jewelry design and execution, Chavez has continued to painstakingly make each item by hand.

An artist who enjoys designing, Chavez places an emphasis on stone selection, placement and presentation. Chavez is one of the Southwest’s leading jewelers, whose works are recognized for complex inlay, architectural sensibilities and striking color patterning.

Richard Chavez (San Felipe Pueblo, b. 1949) having an architectural background, Chavez taught himself jewelry making through diligence, and trial and error. He entered his first competition, the Eight Northern Indian Pueblo Arts and Crafts Show, in 1976. Winning the grand prize for a white mother-of-pearl necklace, ring and bracelet set sparked Chavez’s jewelry-making career.


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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.

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