$25 at the door
||6:30 p.m. - Networking with Snacks and Beverages
7:00 p.m. - Lecture, Q&A
||By October 8, 2018
to Ben Brantley at email@example.com.
The Nashville Guild is Hosting
Sustainable Natural Pearls from Around the Globe
presented by Gina Latendresse
Presented in partnership with Middle Tennessee GIA Chapter.
Join the Nashville Guild as we discover a variety of natural pearls from around the world and the exotic species of mollusks from which they originate. Understanding nacreous verses non-nacreous, marine gastropods, scallops, and our own domestic natural pearls from the Tennessee and Mississippi River Valleys.
About the Presenter:
Beginning at the young age of eight, Gina’s duties included grading pearls according to size, shape, and color, and traveling with her parents to trade shows. The extensive travel and exposure to pearls over the last forty-three years gave her the background and inspiration to join her family in the world of pearls.
She graduated from Rhodes College with a BA in Industrial Psychology and continued her education in Southern California at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). At GIA, she studied diamonds, colored stones, pearls, design, and jewelry manufacturing. Her diploma as Graduate Jeweler Gemologist has enhanced her career in the jewelry industry through networking and sharing of knowledge.
In 1991, she was appointed president of American Pearl Company. Gina’s father, the late John R. Latendresse, is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on pearls, natural and cultured.
The history of cultured pearls was forever changed when his pearl farming experimentation matured into a successful business. Latendresse is known in the industry as a "pearl designer,” the “Pearl Picasso,” because of the uniquely shaped cultured pearls his Tennessee farming operations produced, and is also known worldwide as the “Father of the American Cultured Pearl.”
Gina's expertise covers pearl farming, mussel exporting, cultured pearls from around the world, as well as extensive knowledge of domestic natural pearls of North America and exotic naturals pearls from all corners of the globe.